03.06.2015 - 03.06.2015
Though we'd planned to have a sleep in this morning that plan was revised when Geoff suggested a lab visit at 9am for Rob. So we got up usual time, packed our heaving bags, ate our last Karrawara breakfast prepared by Ann and took off to drop Rob at the hospital. I moseyed for about 45 mins then went back to collect him and get to the airport for our 11.10 flight. Thank goodness we were at the airport early as we'd paid our excess bagage fee, had to relinquish a good bottle of handcream, had our bags searched as Geoff promised would happen,boarded the flight boarded and we were in the sky by 10.45 and landing at Sumbourgh, a 40 min drive from Lerwick, Shetlands capital city at 11.20am.
I was expecting a not so green island, but its very pictuesque. We drove across the airstrip ...no kidding...in our Kia hire car and tootled off to book into The Lerwick Hotel. On line the hotel looked old and characterish, in reality it has been renovated to look new from the outside, and the decor has been modernised in patches but the character of the old building is still in its walls and ceilings.
We ate lunch at The Brasserie, unloaded the car, grabbed cameras and thankfully rain jackets and walked to town, about 15 mins walk away. The sun was shining brightly and we were enjoying our little explore until from no where a black cloud rolled in and opened up on our heads. We began our walk back to the hotel, with a briskness to our step. Our coats wet and trousers got quite damp...but the rain left and the strong wind blew it all dry again. I think thats a good thing?! The sun came back, rain left but we took the car for the next explore just to be safe.
In Inverness our room had a pale purple feature wall. Rob suffered it, no comment, then Orkneys the room had a dark purple feature wall....mmm Rob less pleased, now in Shetlands we have pink sheets! Denise not happy sleeping on Pink Princess linen. Rob has aleady fallen asleep on top of the bed, so I'd better get him onto this luscious pink sheets....
I spoke with mum this morning and messaged with Ally today also. Erik has been in touch regarding the parcels we sent on ahead...not arrived yet??? and letting us know all is well at The Escarpment.
Tomorrow we will drop off the laundry, do some points of interest in Lerwick, travel to Noss by boat to see the sea birds and water animals eg seals. Following our return we will head out to find puffins.
The scene from our window is a rocky shoreline, just as you'd find in Albany. The water is lapping around the rocks ...beautiful. between that and us is a green grassed area where people walk themselves or their dogs. Relaxing to watch.