Just back from a few days in Shetland, a place I never tire of going. Of course I lived there as a kid, a long time ago now, back in the 60’s. It was a little strange to sit and reminisce with a couple of Mums in our Lerwick office whose kids had just had their first day at school, the same school I started at exactly 50 years earlier!
Shetland was buzzing with industry, Oil industry to be exact. Sumburgh airport was as busy as I’d seen in the 80’s, the hire car business was booing (I usually get a 4 year old Corsa or Fiesta, this time it was new top of the range BMW 320) and Lerwick and Scalloway Harbours were packed full of floating hotels, and moored cruise ships, home to the thousands of workers rebuilding Sullom Voe and the new Petrofac gas plant next door.
This one could not help but catch your eye. Parked at Victoria Quay, right in the centre of Town, the very quay that the old St Ola used to moor back in the 60’s for our car to be lifted on and off by crane, it has the most dramatic paint job. Very reminiscent of WW1 dazzle camouflage it makes for dramtic reflections in the still waters of the small boat harbour.