07.06.2015 - 07.06.2015
Can you remember back to a time when life was such that you could or would;
Park your car for free in town, get out and walk away ... no need to lock it.
Drive along waving to all the people who've used the passing bay to let you through...them waving back that's ok.
Walk around with your bag open, no one touches it..in fact leave your handbag on the chair outside the toilet so you dont have to take it in with you.
Nod and greet everyone who passes your way in the street, when on foot.
Take long, carefree walks.
Clean public toilets everywhere.
People take pride in their homeland.
see community place huge emphasis on handmade crafts, locally produced food.
There is no housing competition for size, features, or extras.
People wear practical clothes and no one notices your wind blown hair 'style'.
Speed cameras and police road patrols are not used because everyone adheres to the road rules.
Only a couple of traffic lights at pertinent places in the whole place.
School children, mixed ages 5 up, in remoter areas catch the bus to their village/suburb and all get off at a central place where they bundle themselves together. They either walk the rest of the way home, crossing streets, pick up the unlocked bike they left by the fence in the morning and cycle towards home or more rarely get picked up by car (least likely choice). Kids all smiling laughing and helping each other out.
The airport perimeter is 5ft high with fencing wire and barbed wire.
Where you have to drive over part of the runway to get to part of the island and you walk on the tarmac to and from the plane.
Mobile phones and internet exist but are of little importance.
Shops are independent, not chain and small not large. There is no price competition on sales.
Most everything closes early on Saturday, very little is open on Sunday, and no one has late night trading.
In my life that was life about 40 years ago until last Wednesday. Now I can say we were in a place with all those qualities, today! Meet The Shetlands. . ....... What a unique place where population, technology and fast pace has not yet tainted REAL LIFE.
I've always had a soft spot for farming, 'warm fuzzy' links to Mullewa holidays as a child. I've always found the beach and waves crashing on the shore or rocks relaxing. I have often juggled in my head if I had to choose between a farm like environment or the beach to live at, which would I choose. Shetlanders have the two together.