The equinox has passed and, with it, simmer has slipped into hairst’s golden grip. It’s hard to define the changing seasons
The quiet winter
I can’t believe that as you read this, we are now in November. Growing up, summer holidays stretched on for what felt like endless months; soft light, long days, laughter and the backdrop of John Martyn’s Solid Air coming from mam’s record player. As we get older, life feels like someone has hit the fast forward button as days, weeks and months run together in a continual loop of duties, chores and obligations. I like to take the winter as an opportunity to slow down; to curl up with a book, have that second glass of wine, stay in my pyjamas longer than I should, and I hope you too find your slower pace this month.
I’m very excited about this November issue as we celebrate some of the incredible enterprises Shetland’s young people are achieving. Shetland is full of opportunities, and we have some amazing home-grown talent to celebrate. We follow local band Fjanna as they embark on the recording of a new studio album, and we meet Marcus Johnston, a talented artist studying at Shetland College and who features on this month’s colourful cover. We also have the privilege of sharing a fascinating piece of local research that Roy Mullay has been carrying out on his own turf in Northmavine. It’s easy to disregard our younger successors as a semi-robotic, technology-centred generation but I think that this issue shows that the opposite is true as we highlight some of the immense talents in our young people. With such diverse skills and ambition, Shetland certainly has a bright future!
This is also the month for Remembrance, and as we celebrate the future in Shetland Life, we should also take a moment to think back and reflect on the fathers, sons and brothers of Shetland who gave so much to allow us the opportunity to seek our freedom.
So curl up, have that second glass of wine, and enjoy November’s Shetland Life.