I can’t let this month pass without mentioning one of the many ‘wonders’ of Shetland – the Simmer Dim. The dictionary definition is understated: the twilight of Shetland summer evening. We all know that the Simmer Dim is oh so much more than this, don’t we? For me, it brings a sense of endless possibilities under the dappled evening sunshine, with hills to climb, regattas to attend, beaches to explore and so much more to discover and enjoy.
Joining in with this sense of adventure, this month’s Shetland Life is bursting with feel-good vibes. Dale Smith shares his favourite photos from this year’s 39th annual folk festival. We take to the water and find out more about Shetland’s competitive rowing teams who compete throughout the summer at regattas, and Fenton and friends head to the disused fishing station at Fethaland.
I’ve been out in the garden a lot this month, and it’s encouraging to see the Polycrub coming to life again. Everything is flourishing, and I’ve seen plenty of pollinators busily doing their thing among our raspberry canes. If you’re keen to learn more about growing in Shetland, but are unsure where to start, then this month’s Shetland Life should provide some essential reading! Ali Grundon Robertson has gone green-fingered at Turriefield and Brae, and Misa Hay shares more gardening inspiration from her own garden in Tingwall.
Next month the schools break for the summer holidays, and I would like to include a summer holiday checklist in the July issue; things to see, do and enjoy here on our doorstep. I would love to add your suggestions too. What’s on your Shetland summer holiday bucket-list this year? Where do you return to time and time again? Is there a favourite haunt that you love to explore… or an ideal spot for a family picnic? Email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As ever, I’d love to hear from you. Give a shout-out on social media, email or write me a good old-fashioned letter.