Well, after an extremely stressful couple of weeks we finally moved into our new home on Shetland just before Christmas. For the first few nights all we had were a couple of camping chairs, a pump up mattress, our camera equipment and a few bottles of red wine so it was a splendid sight when the Britannia furniture lorry pulled onto the drive.

Since then we have been invited to a Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve party, experienced 70mph winds, one power cut, the Scalloway Fire Festival, snow and the most amazing ever changing light. The weather here is so varied and isn’t a bit like the BBC forecast. The only problem we have encountered so far is that we are always out exploring when we should be painting and searching for jobs….