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Posts tagged with Jill Slee Blackadder

Toxic waste-dumping!

Toxic waste-dumping!

17/07/2009, by in

It is interesting to see how much things change from year to year. In the Shetland Nature Festival last year 58 different wild plants were identified during the wild flower foray at Tingwall Loch, Lawthing Holm and the adjoining marshy area.This year we managed 62, but a good number of the flowe... Read more...

Best time of year for the outdoor life

Best time of year for the outdoor life

19/06/2009, by in

Simmer Dim has to be the most exquisite item on the entire Shetland menu. There is nothing with which to compare it and no amount of explanation, description or even clever photography can get any­where near the experience of standing in the late evening, under that incandescent, quietly rapturous ... Read more...

Leave roadsides as wild as my garden

Leave roadsides as wild as my garden

05/06/2009, by in

What utterly fabulous, occasionally stupefying hot weather we have been treated to lately.However frantically busy or stressed out you are, do try to find at least half an hour on one of these sun soaked, blazing blue-sky days and just let it wash right through you.If you can (and if you are... Read more...

An unusual mousetrap and how it got away

An unusual mousetrap and how it got away

30/05/2009, by in

And there it was; really and truly, swimming in the toilet!I ended last week’s Wildernews with hearing a frantic shout from outside the study, alerting me to the presence of a mouse, apparently down the loo. How the creature had got inside was a mystery, but there it was and something had to b... Read more...

Geopark idea both marvellous and scary

Geopark idea both marvellous and scary

22/05/2009, by in

This is a heavenly time of year for gardeners as long as they don’t overdo the bending and digging, with resulting aching backs, blistered fingers and tired feet.Once the weather settles into summer mode, the double day-length daylight kicks the growing pace of plants into overdrive. Weeds mul... Read more...

Leaping lambs and wriggling beasties abound

Leaping lambs and wriggling beasties abound

15/05/2009, by in

The weather this week brought a real Mediterranean feel to the islands. Flowers are really starting to flower, birds to sing and no matter how often I have seen them before, I never fail to melt at the sight of young Shetland lambs leaping, galloping, bucking and dancing in the sun. They are the bon... Read more...

Bee survives three-month stay in jam jar

Bee survives three-month stay in jam jar

01/05/2009, by in

Some time ago in Unst, Frances Wilson dug up a live bumblebee. It was a fine day in January and she was getting ahead with a bit of gardening work. The bee was a surprise and also a worry. It was miles too early to set it free. The first cold night would probably have finished it off. So she made a ... Read more...

Sound of the flight of the bumblebee

Sound of the flight of the bumblebee

10/04/2009, by in

Humming is good for you. There is something wonderfully calming and reassuring about it. It can help you get to sleep when insomnia strikes, soothes the spasms of indigestion from eating on the hoof and reduces stress. Bees do it all the time, though in fact their humming is a by-product of their fl... Read more...

Ancient woodlands lie buried, but trees return

Ancient woodlands lie buried, but trees return

03/04/2009, by in

Shetland seems bare and bleak to many visitors. Glaciated sloping hills, exposed cliffs and miles of moorland contrast with familiar comfortable landscapes of tree lined roads, hedges and woods, Scottish forests and tall, tree filled public parks. It is hard for them to picture the thick brush wood,... Read more...

A convincing nest out of funny leaves

A convincing nest out of funny leaves

20/03/2009, by in

Readers may remember the “stick with legs” which neighbours’ child­ren brought round a short while ago. The curiosity turned out to be a Cad­dis fly larva, in its little handmade crafty house. We had a lot of fun finding out about it, and then we all said “goodbye”. I thought that was th... Read more...