Aith Gun

Aith Gun
Breezy Isles, Shetland

Monday, June 21, 2010

Flag Day (the longest one)


Well Flag Day is here again

"The longest day of the summer and once again this year it will be decreed Shetland Flag day - when visitors and locals alike are invited to join in the celebrations by prominently flying Shetland's very own 'national' flag. A variety of flags, car flags, stickers, pin badges and pennant style flags are available from several local outlets including the VisitShetland tourist office at the Market Cross, Lerwick." johnsmasfoy

Here in Lancashire it is no different...

So, this morning we put the flag out.

It has BEEn a fantastic day so far and a brilliant week end. BEEing hot also brought out our flowering bush and a multitude of BEEs

Monday, June 14, 2010

Discovered Tapes

The Shetland News and The Shetland Times have reported that another recording of Rhoda Bulters' amongst the master tapes made in the mid 70's returned to the family. The family have had these put on a CD and is now on general release.

The CD is available from Croft Records and can be delivered to your door from about 14 pounds.


Report From The Shetland News

Report From The Shetland Times

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Grass, baby arachnids and back to earth

These wee fellas were the first baby spiders I had seen this year. When there is no wind they ball together, but as soon as a breeze hit them they would abseil and hope to be carried off. I have heard that spiders have been found at over 20,000 feet high, there is also a rumour that we all come from spiders from outerspace. Dead dudes landed on our bare planet and the bacteria they contained started us lot and all you can see.. The Auld fella hase a Honey, we have a Suzi, here you get to meet the tin box.

The first Radish this year. How exciting, I guess you are all saving this image for you desk top.
This is a French variety, somewhat bland and tasteless. These varieties of radish have been messed about cos we dont like the hot variety I remember in times gone by, they also used to grow in about 2-3 weeks, these things took 4-5. The search is on for the hot salad radish.

There is much debate about these Montgolfier flying devices. I think luckily they are so expensive in this country that hundreds are not let go at once. These ones came down in our strees, not a bad shot for two to get here, our street is only 1/10th of a mile long if stretched and only 15 feet wide.
These will fly as long as the fuel cell keeps burning, the wee black thing you can see ar the circular opening. They are carried with the wind for up to 2 minutes.
These modern day Doodlebugs are the bain of farmers and coastguards. Because of their wire construction they do not rot, the ballon bit does, there have been reported complains of these being entangles on cloven hooves and bovine snouts, sheep have had then entwined in their pelts causing sores and the like. When these sorts of things forst flew many generations ago in the east they were made from bamboo. Although bamboo was used in the torcher of WWII prisoners of war they were pretty harmless to animals. They come in different colours and can and have been mistaken for a distress flare by sea going folk. Although practice is good, measured practice can be budgeted for. And folk don't risk their lives chasing hot air.
A misty morning on the future housing development.

What will come first, the damson or the bulldozer. Well with the current situation I think I will get the sweet treat of damsen for breakfast and pre tea as I travel too and from work if the kids and wasps dont beat me. The cold winter seems to have put paid to wasps as there have only been a couple of sightings. We had a wasps nest in our attic. A wonderful creation of nature made up from our fence chewed up and spat out. Sadly it could not stay for too long. I waited for as long as I could before I dealt with it. The little critters were in the house and with the Lesser Spotted Lizzies' medical thingies were hade to get rid of them.


A riverside residence

The picture above is The River Ribble and I was standing on the old footbridge when taking this photo.
The Ribble is an important river and has helped to make Preston with its growth throughout the years.
We were off to the Preston Mela, a celebration of Asian culture here in the North West and a fantastic festival. Excellent food and excellent folk.

We turned to continue over the bridge and was confronted with the image below.

Judging by the looks of things this person has stayed here a while. We wondered where they may have been now and what they were doing, did they have a full belly or has life dealt them such cards as to lie somewhere fueling an internal struggle with alcohol or drugs.
Lizzie always tries to give something to these folk she sees, I sometimes think it may not be the right thing to do, but I know until there is a viable alternative, we may be forced to. With the government wielding a huge axe cutting budgets and changing folks lives, as if we were being punished for not voting for them in the past I really do fear for these folk myself.
Many I have met have had problems, unable to get on at school, a chalenging childhood, a breakdown or rejection. Many have some sort of difficulty within, some cannot read or write, some have mental illnesses and some lost all hope.
If we are able to help these folk through these times then help we should. I myself had been in such a place for a short while. It takes a long time to climb back. I was lucky and had been given a break and was able too to see what it meant. I was also lucky to have met Lizzie. Very lucky.

Monday, June 07, 2010

PrestonFM, Community Radio

Well thats me on the way to DJ stardom.

Can you give me a wee bit of feedback on this associated blog.

Much apreciated...

Keith on PrestonFM 103.2

Wednesday, June 02, 2010