Tuesday Travels. . .The Scalloway Museum, Shetland

I loved this caption.

This small museum is a definite stopping place if you visit Shetland.  It is only a small museum but there is so much to look at and read.  There is an excellent section on the story of the Shetland Bus.  I knew a little about it from fiction I had read which was set in Shetland but I learned so much more while in the museum. The museum’s website gives an excellent overview of the story of the Shetland Bus.

The displays on textiles, particularly knitting, were very informative.  You can click on the pictures to enlarge them. I also enjoyed the displays about the herring industry.

The section for children was an absolute delight.

Take the time to visit this museum, there is a lot of information to take on board.

A newish lunch venue.

I think it may be almost a year since this cafe opened in Kalimna, which is quite near Metung.  The cafe is in the REAL garden centre and I visited yesterday for the first time.  I went with two friends for lunch and we had an enjoyable meal.

The surroundings are peaceful and the views of the hills make it a relaxing place to eat.  I am sure the beer garden will do great trade in the summer.

Wasn’t sure what title to give this post.

My younger daughter found a knitting pattern that she thought would be good for using up my many left over bits of wool. The pattern is very quick and simple to make.  I was going to title the post “Thong Socks” but then thought of the meanings of the word “thong”.The thong the knitting pattern refers to is the type of open shoe with a strap that goes between the big toe and the toe next to it.

I am not quite sure why you would need thong socks but nevertheless I knitted up the pattern.

Maybe thong socks will be the next big fashion trend.  There is a whole Pinterest section on this type of sock.

The Shetland Textile Museum. . . .Tuesday Travels

I had read about the Shetland Textile Museum before we visited Shetland so it was one of the places on my list that I had to visit.  The bod is a restored fishing station and is the birthplace of Arthur Anderson who gifted Queen Victoria some stockings in fine Shetland lace.

Out front of the bod is this wonderful example of Shetland lace adapted for another purpose.

Outside were a couple of beautiful Fair Isle jumpers on display.

The lace work was magnificent and this is just a small sample.

So many examples of beautiful fair isle work.

The guernsey in this picture is similar to one I knitted for my grandson when he was younger.

The pattern I used was Debbie Bliss Denim Herringbone Sweater from the book Debbie Bliss Family Collection.

The bod had a wonderful display of all sorts of knitting and weaving and there were working displays too.  We also saw some taatit rugs which are a type of bedcovering.  You can read about them here.

Looking at these berets now I feel happy with the Sheeps Heid I made when I got back to Australia.

Little did we know that after visiting the textile museum we would be able to see even more examples of Shetland textiles when we visited the Shetland Museum and Archives.

The last of my May reads

These are two non-fiction reads this month.  Wake up was read in a sitting and it certainly shed light on many aspects of our use of digital technology.

“Your essential guide to the biggest revolution of the past century. David Fagan was at the forefront of this revolution as he helped take one of Australia’s largest media organisations from print to digital. In Wake Up, he explores the challenges and opportunities of the digital age from his position on the front line. He chronicles the rise of social media, online shopping, the Uber and Airbnb phenomena and the upending of traditional industries. Fagan observes the big emerging trends and examines the technologies leading this change, as the arrival of robots and artificial intelligence affects the way we live, work and play. If you haven’t been paying attention, now is the time to wake up.” (Goodreads)

This is a great read and it will be interesting to see if his predictions come to pass.

Screen Schooled I borrowed as I had recently read an article where a school in Melbourne had returned to using textbooks rather than texts online.

“As two veteran teachers who have taught thousands of students, Joe Clement and Matt Miles have seen firsthand how damaging technology overuse and misuse has been to our students. Rather than becoming better problem solvers, kids look to Google to answer their questions for them. Rather than deepening students’ intellectual curiosity, educational technology is too often cumbersome and distracting, causing needless frustration and greatly extending homework time. Rather than becoming the great equalizer, electronic devices are widening the achievement gap. On a mission to educate and empower parents, Clement and Miles provide many real-world examples and cite multiple studies showing how technology use has created a wide range of cognitive and social deficits in our young people. They lift the veil on what’s really going on at school: teachers who are powerless to curb cell phone distractions; zoned-out kids who act helpless and are unfocused, unprepared, and antisocial; administrators who are too-easily swayed by the pro-tech “science” sponsored by corporate technology purveyors. They provide action steps parents can take to demand change and make a compelling case for simpler, smarter, more effective forms of teaching and learning.” (Goodreads)

This is a book, which if given to a group of parents or teachers would certainly provide lively debate.  Well worth the read.

I liked this comment from Maya on Goodreads.

“Just as dropping off a child at a library doesn’t guarantee that child will learn to read, so too does giving a child technology not guarantee that child will know how to use it appropriately.”

I suggest you go to Goodreads and read the reviews there if you are unsure if it is a book you need to read, particularly if you have school aged children.

I have also just finished A Gentleman in Moscow, apparently a mega bestseller about to be made into a tv series.  I gave it five stars so it was definitely one I loved but I will write about it in my June reads.

How hot do you like it?

We were down to the last of the chilli sauce I had made several years ago so it was time for a new batch.  I decided to make only a small batch this time as only the two of us are at home now.

The recipe I use is from a wonderful book called A Year in a Bottle.

The recipe doesn’t take long and soon I had a couple of bottles of chilli sauce.

We like our chilli sauce hot so I leave the seeds in.