Friday, December 26, 2008


...was rather wonderful here in Sandness.

The kids were bubbling with excitement. The adults were all on good terms. (An important component to any holiday, yes?)

We began the morning with champagne and strawberries, Nat King Cole and marmite & melted cheese on toast.

The presents were thoughtful and often handmade. Santa delivered small treasures. We took the standard Christmas walk along a rugged coastline.

The food was lovely but not a display of belly swelling excess. The drink was varied and plentiful. We enjoyed a new episode of Wallace & Gromit, and just missed a special episode of Dr. Who (the only bummer moment of the day).

And the evening concluded with a rousing episode of "The Shetland Dance Off", a competition of interpretive dance featuring a selection of eclectic tunes. Maya and Sage were the primary competitors, each with several guises with decidely different personalities. We had a panel of celebrity judges, featuring members of the Irish clergy alongside Scottish former stars, etc. The show was hosted by D-Squared, a silver-tongued and easily impressed veteran of such competitions. And yes, the entire things was captured on video!

And, no, not a chance I'll be posting that here!

I do hope the day (or the Holiday Season in general) has/is going well for you also.

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Blogger Constance Brewer said...

Looks like you're having a wonderful time. I'll save you some snow! :)

3:14 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hi, Constance. Happy Holidays to you! Yes, wonderful time being had here. You're right, though. I haven't had much snow in my life for a couple of years now, this stay in Shetland included. I'll have to make up for that soon.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Mark Lavallee said...

Merry Christmas!

You can have some of our snow if you'd like... We had 12" on Christmas Day! Yikes! It all but shut Seattle down (not as much there, but still enough.

Anyway, glad you had a great one. Have a happy New Year!

2:45 PM  
Blogger Laughton and Patricia Johnston said...

Ah ... I know exactly where you are ... but I don't see any shoulders sagging with the weight of driftwood for the fire!

8:46 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

I've kept an eye out for driftwood, but really haven't seen any...

6:51 AM  

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