Far Away Places
Quite often I search out remote places around the world where people live. Many of them are in the southern hemisphere such as St Helena, http://www.sthelena.se , Pitcairn Island, http://www.lareau.org/pitc.html , and the Falklands, http://www.falklandislands.com/ , to name just three of the more interesting. Many such places are remnants of the British Empire. It is interesting to peek in on these places with their unique histories, where people have worked out a way of life far from the great urban centers of the world. There are many others around the world. It is reassuring to know there are such places where people live and enjoy simpler lives.
Most recently I have explored the Shetland Islands. You can tour them by road on line http://www.sumburgh.shetland.co.uk/shetland/south/burra/burra_map.html. The one which fascinated me the most was the rather remote Fair Island http://www.fairisle.org.uk/index.htm
This little corner of Scotland has much to recommend it. It developed the first wind generating utility in Europe. Besides modest crofts where sheep are kept and grass crops are raised there are several interesting crafts done here: sweaters, boats, chairs and stained glass. The Island is actually a conservation area of great interest to birders.
As one who lives surrounded by trees and lush flora I find the landscape of the Shetlands starkly beautiful.
I noticed on the web site there are a couple of crofter cottages for rent. What a wonderful place to go for a visit for 6 months or a year!! They are currently looking for knitters to move there and help produce Fair Island Sweaters. How are your knitting skills!
It is fun to just dream of far off places. . . . .