Of course oil fields are not bottomless pits of black gold and some of the North Sea oil fields are now reaching the end of their economic lives. For an island that has built much of its current economy and community life on the promises of the 1970s there must be concern about the future.… Continue reading Shetland living – living Shetland (3)
From the fifteenth to the twentieth century the most northerly tip of the Shetland mainland, Fethaland – just a couple of miles north of North Roe – became a summer home for hundreds of deep sea fishermen and fish processors, including some women. They lived in basic stone lodges, roofed each summer, and worked from… Continue reading Shetland living – living Shetland (2)
As many tourists do we arrived in Shetland with an interest in history, in my past, in my parents’ experiences when they came here 70 years ago – and even further back than that – how had life in Shetland developed over the centuries? How did the Methodist church take root here? How did people… Continue reading Shetland living – living Shetland (1)
My mother gave birth to me just a few weeks before the NHS was born in July 1948. When the NHS was ‘celebrating’ its 60th birthday in 2008 the Shetland Times ran an article on the early days of the NHS in Shetland – you can find the full article here 60 years of the NHS… Continue reading Born before the NHS
A postscript to the previous blog – perhaps because Methodist ministers are itinerant and because churches are grouped into circuits and districts – or perhaps because they are rather sociable people, it seems that whenever we visit a Methodist church we find some connection, some personal link with the place or the people there. There… Continue reading PS – some Methodist connections!
Methodist ministers and preachers have always been ‘itinerant’ – they move around from place to place. In the eighteenth century the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, set out to spread the ‘true gospel’ by travelling the length and breadth of the country on horseback, setting up small ‘societies’ within Church of England parishes. These eventually… Continue reading Methodism in Shetland
We’ve just driven to the supermarket and back, a twenty mile round trip, on a gloriously sunny afternoon, light clouds in the sky and a strong gusty wind ruffling the waters and grasses. We are now about two thirds of the way through our three month stay here and just beginning to realise that sometime… Continue reading Living in the landscape