It’s that time of year of year where I start getting nostalgic for fierce biting wind, days of drizzle and a cold North sea. I was supposed to do some work in Sweden recently, but it all went tits up at the last and I suppose the pangs for a northern hemisphere chill set in from there. The snap above shows the ferry to the island of Noss in Shetland. It’s the only island wildlife reserve in Britain accessible by a motorised dinghy and nothing else. You have to wave to the warden on Noss from the neighbouring island of Bressay. If he sees you, he’ll come and fetch you. If he doesn’t, well… take a good book.
Noss is heaving with sea birds, lined with seals, the odd otter and dolphin. It’ll take you four hours or so to walk the coastline. Apart from the seasonal warden, it’s uninhabited. After 9 months back in Saigon this is the kinda place I’d like to be for a couple of days. And sod the noodles, I’ll have what’s inside that perfect bundle above thank you very much.