My Wigwam Night in Eshaness

As promised here's the second part of my peerie holiday at home, if you'd like to catch up with the first instalment and my visit to Fair Isle you can read it here.

After arriving back from Fair Isle I still had a couple of days to myself. I'd always wondered what the Wigwams at Braewick Café in Eshaness were like and on investigating I found out that there was one free for the next night. From Lerwick, Eshaness is about a 50 minute drive.

After settling in to the Wigwam (which was super-comfy with plenty of space, a fridge and a kettle - adjoining the café is a really nice shower/toilet block with a laundry room too) and satisfying my rumbling belly with a delicious meal at the café I decided to spend the afternoon down at the beach below the campsite before heading back up to sit in the sun outside the Wigwam with my knitting and a bottle of Magners. But first a couple of photos to set the scene:

Comfy beds which can be arranged in various configurations and space for my books/knitting, yay!

Comfy beds which can be arranged in various configurations and space for my books/knitting, yay!

Eshaness is in Northmavine which is very different from the central and south mainland. The geology of Shetland is amazingly diverse, in Eshaness and the Northmavine area you'll find incredible red sand, massive sea stacks and vertigo-inducing cliffs. I didn't actually get photos of these as I thought I had some already (I've since realised they were on a USB I lost last year, oops!).

This seriously brought back my rock love! I have so many photos of rocks from years ago when I was a bit obsessed! Definitely ideas for future artwork and woven designs.

Also down on the red sand beach and along the banks I discovered some beautiful colour combinations and textures.

It felt so good to be down there with no-one else around, just breathing in the sea air, hearing the sound of tirricks, shalders and gulls, and feeling the heat of the sun. The sand, so warm under my feet, contrasted sharply with the cold of the waves washing in.

Eventually it was just too hot to be out walking (by Shetland standards...) so I headed back up the hill to form a cosy seat at the back of my Wigwam. It was perfect! I even put on my shorts, and for those who know me that's a rare occurrence to say the least!

Knitting, textile books, sun and Magners... all I need - which is a perfect segue to THE all-time best summer feeling song EVER! Please listen, and watch the video, I promise you will feel seriously blissed out and summery, this song makes everything better.

So hopefully you listened to Air's 'All I Need' and you're feeling pretty good right now. After a full day in the sun I thought I'd take a little drive around the side roads of Eshaness to explore. Some low cloud was starting to come in so I was glad to get the best of the day outside.

Tangwick - the Tangwick Haa museum is right next door to where this photo was taken..

Tangwick - the Tangwick Haa museum is right next door to where this photo was taken..

Dramatic contrast between the low cloud coming in and the dark heather of the hills beyond.

Dramatic contrast between the low cloud coming in and the dark heather of the hills beyond.

If you've read my blogs before you'll know how much I love worn surfaces!

If you've read my blogs before you'll know how much I love worn surfaces!

Getting back after my drive the temperature had fairly dropped so I snuggled up in my sleeping bag with that tired but completely relaxed feeling that the sun and sea air gives you. I can see some more Scottish Islands Wigwam holidays on the horizon...