18th March – Walk 12

Scalloway Quarry to Veensgarth – Well, everything actually. Wet, dry, windy, still, sun, hail, cold, rainbows. About force 1 to about 3. Started unsettled and finished under a bright warming sun and blue sky. Walked from west to east at a generally meandering pace. Quite relaxing and enjoyed starting just a little later (9.15 a.m.).

After parking below the Scalloway quarry, walked along the Tingwall valley then down by the edge of the Loch of Asta and the golf course before hitting the tarmac again. By the Loch of Tingwall and the Law Ting Holm, there is a tangible air of history passing the original site of the local ‘Thing’ parliament which lasted until the 16th century. The St. Magnus Kirk which dates back to the 12th century was rebuilt in 1750 and is second oldest church in Shetland still in use. It is very nicely maintained.

Although the weather was very mixed I heard my first lark of the year and noticed a lot more Shalders in the fields. Flowering current is beginning to bloom,  daffodils are taking their chance and there is definitely more of a buzz in the air. Just love this time of year! I always enjoy watching the speed plants grow and flower, I always think of this as the yellow flower time – daffodils, marsh marigolds, gorse, celandine….

By the time I arrived at the Tingwall crossroads, it was time for tea, and yes the man himself was there to hand me a welcome cuppa. We sat and watched the Shelties soak up the sun and chase each other around the field before taking in another mile. One more sketch – in a bus stop just past the school, and called it a day.


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