Last year, Scotland proudly celebrated “homecoming” – calling all sons and daughters of Scotland’s decendants to join in a nation’s festival of raison d’être.
This year is Shetland’s version, Hamefarin.
The most norherly edge of the realm has been toiling to host the archipelago’s festivities and Lerwick’s harbour has become a magnet where twangs in tongues flirt with summer an simmerdim.
The world is anchoring in Shetland on each bollard. And on the eve of Johnsmas, this feeling of belonging to an island takes an extra dimension. The Auld Rock is well accustomed to welcome the wider world… This weekend marks our passage through summer and marquis have already been erected at Victoria Pier to give and share a taste of Shetland at a time traditionally asssociated with smiles and merriment.
Only a few centuries back, the Dutch fishing fleet was assembling in Bressay Sound at the then start of the herring fishing… And as we reel back centuries further, hanseatic and Viking worlds also anchored in the bay of mud.
Today, yachts from both sides of the North Sea gather for the Bergen Race, as masts joust in the safety of the waterfront. Double, treble lines of sailing crafts animate many hearts.
As night wanders in azure blue, Shetland celebrates life on Earth.