Frances Taylor Frances Taylor @Thordale @marksandspencer #badcustomerservice to screw #Shetland resident by taking order & money & then refusing delivery to #northernisles #shoddy 11:16 am · 17 Aug 2017 (On bed rest! Can't you tell? Bored!)
Why are there nets by peoples' front gates? I went through a multitude of possible reasons until landing on the most likely - to protect bin bags on bin day from wind and birds. But other places, including where I live, are very windy and have marauding birds as well as badgers, foxes etc so why aren't there nets in other parts of the country? Is there another reason?
Why don't shops (outside of Lerwick mainly) want you to see their wares? Large shop windows are boarded or painted over, and although the windows proclaim that they sell meat, bread, milk etc, how do I know what else, or whether they're just little shops with one brand of each? I dared to enter, somewhat in trepidation, several shops in villages, even in Scalloway, to find really well stocked supermarkets, with hot food, coffee, souvenirs, butchery and a huge range of groceries etc. I had no idea from outside and had ignored others thinking they were tiny (and dark when I tried to peer in) and not at all welcoming. So much has changed since my last visit 8 years ago, but the shops haven't! Open up the windows and lets see what you've got!
One thing that hasn't changed is the honesty! When I returned home my local paper was all about thefts and burglaries and car crimes, and I live in a quiet and peaceful area, not an inner city. Bikes left on the verge, toilet rolls still loose in public loos (not locked in cast iron containers that only allow you one sheet at a time!), binoculars left for people to use in a bird hide, torches in a castle for free use, honesty boxes at campsites.......Long may Shetland continue to remain honest!
Oooh, another thing. I've been thinking of renting a property for a couple of years, but can't get a feel for prices - the ads all say 'offers'. I wouldn't know whether to offer £50 or £500? Perhaps that's a question for early next year when I revisit to look more seriously, but doon sooth, rent prices are clearly given in the ads with negotiations rare.