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Rock Pool Located

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 Found the natural  rock pool with Sarah and Skyelark today. It was cold but not as cold as the Arctic North Atlantic waters.  Caaíng:   We have to move some sheep. Should be simple enough!'

Doglets Just Wanna Have Fun

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Loading Wool For Market

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After a walk down by the South Lighthouse, Skye, Sarah and me went to the dock to see the Good Shepherd unload and load up.. I joined in and gave a hand with the fleece-it's going to market.   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ed Reif (@edreif)

Rise and Grind-Sheep Roundup

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    The Good Sheperd Loaded For Delivery  There's no place like work when you are home on the range.  I was not volunTOLD, but volunteered to help with the round jup and loading. A pleasure to assist with the precios cargo. now ready for market and sale. Then the regular day begins:

Dogs That Work

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 Skyelark Counts Sheep On Fair Isle Glen, Skyelark's Boyfriend looks after the herd Purpose driven Dogs- Mush! While many dogs are simply  man's best friend, other dogs have additional serious jobs. Working dogs generally have natural instincts that are carefully honed with intensive training to perform a specific task. AKC  and dog breed organizations categorize certain breeds into a "working group." of herding, tracking and guarding That includes our lovely Scottish Terreier, a farm dog, who can herd cattle and here on Fair Isle is having   her internship in tracking Sheep.  Call it OJT On The Job Training! Many canine jobs besides those born for herding include, Service Dogs, Police Dogs, Military  Dogs--- See my story on War Paws) War Paws Detenction Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs. Bird Dogs, Tracking Dogs, Sight Dogs, Herd Dogs. We love our dogs!  I trained Skyelark based on this course I created, compiled fromt he wisdom of professionala and amatuer dog whisperers

Off To Market

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 Rounding Up The Sheep For Market and loading them on The Good Shepherd We are talking about a relatively small number of lambs – under 1000 – so its all about finding a niche market and selling the lamb. It is an amazing product to eat and because it is so scarce and produced in such an environmental way, it is a specialty product. Bye Bye Black Sheep. You have had a great life on Fair Isle.

Tracking Orcas

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What’s my best experience of seeing Orcas, Hawaii? Alaska, SeaWorld?  I’d always say that the best experience I have had of an orca sighting is the one I last had, which is today. Thanks Dan for the Orca alert, and, taking these super-closeup photos with your camera. There’s a direct correlation between orca being seen when the sea is calm., and also we being more aware of wildlife now on the island.

Our Foldable Bikes Arrived By Ferry

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  Small is beautiful Sarah is joined by Skyelark

Born To Herd

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Feral Sheep are corralled   No Petrol Stations-Have to pour our own This is a crook, the only kind of crook on Fair Isle. What a privilege to witness the round up and sheering of the sheep today. Fleece Navidad. It's Christmas in August!

A Flight To See The Vet In Scalloway

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What to Expect on Your First Island Hop Flight from Tingwall to Fair Isle Shetland island hop flights are also known as ‘puddle jumpers.’ Planes tend to be small and service airports that consist of one tiny landing strip. They’re also notorious reputations for running off schedule due to the vicissitudes of fickle  weather. Think old Cessna planes built sometime between 1927 and 1997. There is no cockpit door separating passengers from the pilot.  These island hop flights are  safe, scenic, and an economical way to get around. The  30-minute flight can save you over 2.5  hours spent on a the Good Shepherd ferry to make the same 23 mile transit. FYI: THERE IS NOT A REAL  A BARRIER BETWEEN YOU AND THE PILOT YOU MIGHT BE WEIGHED ALONG WITH YOUR LUGGAGE. IT WILL BE NOISY IT MAY NOT BE AS SMOOTHA S YOU THINK READY TO FLY? With these expectations in mind, your first island hop flight might be a fun adventure rather than an anxiety-inducing experience. Every time I board, I am grateful that

Good Shepherd Docks

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  Sarah waits for The Good Shepherd to pick up provisions. This converted SUV Hybrid  serves as an ambulance for the island too   To not have entirely wasted one's life seems to be a worthy accomplishment, if only for myself.. Enjoying the island, with it's own pace and rhythm, dependent on weather, and the arrivals and departures of The Good Shepherd Ferry and the Airplane service.

Living On The Edges

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  Our Croft With The Kirk and Wind turbines in the background Edgy Another glorious day on Fair Isle. Where? Shetland, also called the Shetland Islands and formerly Zetland. It  is a subarctic archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland, situated in the Northern Atlantic, between Great Britain, the Faroe Islands and Norway. It is the northernmost part of Scotland and of the wider United Kingdom. And 24 miles from Shetland  MKainland, is Britian's most remote inhabited island Fair Isle,

I Herd You

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  Skyelark's off to the races, herding her friends, the Sheeple of Fair Isle

Warngler Skyelark

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  Here on Britain's most remote island- Fair Isle. A Given Day-Sunshine, no wind, no rain, just wide open spaces

ICEolation

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 Swimming in the sub Arctic waters in Shetland, Fair Isle today

Flight to Shetland (Mainland)

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Skyelark has a Vet appointment today. Luckily it is a "given day" with good weather forecasted. So the flight to Tingwall Airport should be a burn amd turn...and well be back on the (croft)farm by 430PM... But I packed an overnight bag for the two of us just in case( Sarah's recommendation) .  The opportunity to leave the island and fly into town to buy stuff at the supermarket is the epitome of living on this outpost called Fair Isle... You cant get there from here. 'Only by Ferry 2 times a week in Summer and, weather permitting, by 7 seater plane. I ordered provisions online from Tesco, so they will be ready for pick up at noon. Have this Outpost feeling, Fair Isle and all that isolation.   No man is an island byt in Scotland,  they have hundreds of them, and you can live on them...but its not for the faint hearted. I call a day here strenuous idleness. You gotta fight for things like warmth and food stiffs. We freeze our bread and milk ...so the opportunity to buy