Wendy Inkster

Christmas is NOT coming – it is only November, but of course we are having to start thinking about our plans. I sincerely hope things fall into place for everyone, but there might be someone far away who you are thinking of, very fondly, who you cannot be together with? Do they have any connection to Scotland? They might be homesick? Or it might be somewhere they have always longed to visit.

If so, I think there could be no better present for them than their own Burra Bear

Wendy Inkster set up her company when she recycled an old hand knitted Fair Isle patterned Shetland jumper, into a bear, as a keepsake for her sister. It, understandably, brought such a positive response and demand for more bears, that in time it gave her a full-time job!

Doug has had the very good fortune to be asked to go to Shetland to photograph her home. A beautiful modernist self build right on the edge of the sea. He was anxious about the trip as it is a tricky place to get to, especially if you choose to go by plane and once the tickets are booked you realise that your driving license is out of date…hiring a car then becomes that much more challenging.

Anyway, nothing that could not be sorted out by a wee bit of correspondance and a couple of hours in a telephone call queue!

When he got there, he was stunned by the scenery, the friendliness of the people and the sense of community and wished he had booked a longer trip.

Can you spot two friends?

They have created a lot of space.

A wee home office – useful

Wendy herself welcoming you with her two Borders!


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