Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter! Random Photograrphs from this Morning.

Happy Easter from Fair Isle!
 I took a trip around the Isle this afternoon with my camera in tow,
 these are a few random photos from today. cheers!

They look like such a pair of trouble makers.

The family unit... Single Mom and two kids.

My favourite! the Spotty Lamb.

^The Milk Machine.

Trying out the new legs.

Lying down with the Lamb.

Triona's Primroses

Driving up the north road I notice the first hill lamb
 of the Shetland breed has been born a bit early.

I tried to get a photo of the Hill Lamb,
but they are too wild up there and ran away.

Good Cluck!

The Ponies

Angie's Highland Coos.

Love on the beach.



Fair Isle Wren


Fulmar in the North.
My favourite! The little spotty lamb, Sooo cute!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Island Nurse Needed!

Elena Mera Long 
Yes, Fair Isle is looking for a new nurse. contact NHS Shetland 

 After 9 years the Fair Isle nurse, Elena has just left the Fair Isle's nursing job to be the Director of Nursing in a big cancer treatment centre which is opening in Cluj, in Romania near her husbands home. It’s an exciting new job, but it was SO hard for her to leave Fair Isle! Elena was not just the nurse, but a member of Fair Isle's small community. She played the organ in church on Sundays, lead the Christmas choir and taught piano to many of the Island children. Also an avid birdwatcher she enjoyed the natural beauty of the island while walking her dog and raising her chickens  Before coming to Fair Isle she had been the the Nurse on Foula for over a year, before that she has a long impressive history of nursing mostly in London and Romania.

Mastering the Art of Fair Isle Knitting

Elena is also a keen knitter and spinner of wool. She embraced the Fair Isle Knitting traditions over the years. She knits mostly for friends and family. Also Elena was the administrator of the Facebook "Fair Isle Fisherman's Kep Page" promoting Fair Isle Knitting for our local museum. A great success, and has raised not only funds but awareness of Fair Isle history.

link to facebook group if you want to join -

If you or someone you know wants not only a nursing job but an adventure. Plus to be apart of the most remote island community in the UK. Here is some information I copied off the NHS Shetland website.

Non Doctor Island Nurse/ Nurse Practitioner – Fair Isle (IRC10123)
Band 6 - Salary Range £26,565 - £35,577 per annum
Full Time – 37.5 hours per week plus on-call
Are you looking for a challenge?
We are looking for an enthusiastic autonomous practitioner with a degree of flexibility to work on the non-doctor island of Fair Isle.
Living within this small island community, with a resident population of approximately 60, you will be responsible for the provision of a healthcare service in line with local and national standards, ensuring that all islanders have access to appropriate healthcare to meet their needs. The post holder will carry continuing responsibility for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care whilst working within a specific caseload.
You will also be required to provide effective nursing assessment and treatment during an emergency situation in liaison with a General Practitioner located on mainland Shetland. The post holder acts as first point of contact for the public in the absence of a resident medical practitioner.
Working in these remote settings presents many exciting opportunities as well as challenges. The successful candidate will be either an experienced District Nurse or a Nurse Practitioner.
Candidates should possess qualifications in Acute Assessment /Advanced Clinical Examination skills and be a non-medical prescriber at extended independent prescriber level as well as possessing a broad range of clinical skills. Good communication, interpersonal and computer skills, together with an awareness of health and community care legislation are essential.
You must be able to work autonomously, providing nursing care to a high standard and be able to use your own initiative to address healthcare issues within this remote island setting.
Professional colleagues and other Non-Doctor island nurses will provide mentorship and clinical supervision. A degree of personal resilience is also required to work in this single-handed post on a non-doctor island with support available via telephone or videoconference link.
In addition to working Monday to Friday clinic hours there is a requirement to provide an on-call service for emergencies in the out of hours periods at night or at the weekends, for which an allowance is payable.
 As this is a residential position there is a Nurses House available for rent on the island. A separate clinic facility is in place.
To find out more about living and working in Shetland go to
Informal discussions, please contact .Edna Mary Watson, Chief Nurse (Community) on 01595 743377 or Ian Sandilands, Clinical Team Leader (South) on 01595 743096 or Elaine Maguire, Clinical Team Leader (North) on 01806 522 905.
Closing date: 24th April 2017
Interview date: w/c 8th May 2017
We offer relocation assistance of up to £8,000 and all posts qualify for a Distant Island Allowance of £1,721 per annum (pro rata for part-time and fixed term positions).
Please apply via the following e:ESS website link:-
In promoting equal opportunities, we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I Love Saint Patrick's Day! 

Cheers from Fair Isle!

I have some American Irish blood in my family tree. 
So that is enough to celebrate where ever I am.
I'm not the only one wearing green and having a good time around here,
look at these frogs!

More Green!
four frogs mating
Frog Spawn in the garden pond.

four leaf clover
Good Luck!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Glaucous-winged Gull is different from a Glaucous Gull.

Glaucous-winged Gull - Larus glaucescens
If the record is confirmed by who ever confirms such things, it is a good chance we saw a rare UK sighting of a Glaucous-winged Gull today. A bird normally found in the northern Pacific Ocean, this could be only the 3rd record ever in the UK. A first record for Fair Isle and Shetland. Spotted by the Fair Isle Bird Observatory Warden David Parnaby. The word soon got out and a small number of interested Fair Islanders braved the freezing sleat and rain showers to see it. Photo above is from the Crossley ID Guide for Eastern American Birds.

My photos below are rubbish! taken with my phone through a scope as the bird had flown much farther away by the time I saw it. Maybe someone will get some better photos in the coming days? Still, I'll show what I got because it is such a rare bird.

Shielding it's face from the weather,
it barley showed it's face while I was there.

This is what we saw most of the day... a big pale sleeping Gull. 

Standing in front of a Black-back Gull among a large group of gulls. We have seen many Iceland and Glaucous Gulls this winter. There is even a Glaucous Gull in the bottom right in this photo. I saw three Glaucous Gulls in the flock with the Glaucous-winged Gull as well.

Only a handful of Fair Islanders saw it.
David Parnaby of course, Susanna and Grace.
plus myself, Kenny, Deryk and Nick Riddiford as pictured at the scene.

yes, I know it is crap for even a record shot
but you can almost see the grey wing tips ID feature in this photo.

The actual views through the scope were great,
getting them as pics on my phone was met with poor results sadly.

Bird Obs has better pics on Facebook etc.
3rd record for Britain? Time will tell?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Rock Pooling Finds in Fine Winter Weather.

Kiss Me!
Sea-Scorpion - Myoxocephalus scorpius
We did a bit of rock pooling up here as the weather is fine here. while the rest of Scotland deals with the winter storm "Doris". Dave Wheeler our local meteorologist said we may be having the best weather in the UK at the moment. We found crabs and Brittle-stars... but we have the most pride in who can find little fish species. together we caught 4 species, Sea-scorpion, Shanny Blenny, Butterfish and Five-bearded Rockling. What fun!

Shanny Blenny - Liophyrs pholis
Mermaid Purses - skate egg cases
Henry looking at the Shanny Benney I caught  after turning over a big rock.

Purple Sandpiper


One of the big fat Five-bearded Rockling Henry caught.

Tidepool Texture


Common Limpets

Unusual Limpet, a smooth rainbow mother of pearl surface,
like I have never seen before. Maybe a new species for me?
The only two I have found? so one is no a fluke...

More Limpets...

The searchers on the shore.

Himanthalia elongata - Buttons
As seen and found on the South Harbour Beach.

This seaweed reminds me of Frank Gehry Architecture.

Purple Pink Anemone


Kiss me again!

Love... Giving it the boot for perspective.