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  1. JEFF JOHNSON

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    MOUSA BROCH.jpg These two photographs show two styles of Pictish Brochs which are found in Shetland.

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    Wonderful photos Jeff, you are rightly proud of your island home.
     
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    In the 1970s I was involved in archaeology digs in the Orkney Isles and I visited a number of Brochs.
     
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    There are many brochs in Shetland, but most of them are in ruins as the stones were reused over the centuries.
     
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    Nice pictures which brings me to this question: where did the people then and now get their fresh water ?
    You live on a more or less barren rock in the ocean.
    You don't dig simply a cistern to collect rain water I guess.
     
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    When we all lived on crofts/small farms, each croft had it's own wells and the source of those wells were natural springs, in hot weather the wells on some crofts would dry up and folk had to go to the tarns/lakes and fill barrels which were transported by horse and cart or by tractor and cart or small trucks.
    Rain water from roofs was also captured in barrels.

    These days we have water pumping stations and mains water, but many folk still use the spring water for cooking and making tea etc., because it's better water.
     
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    The link below shows a short film from the 1937 which may be of interest.
    Muckle Flugga lighthouse is the most northerly lighthouse in the UK., and waves have been known to break over the top of that lighthouse.


    Back in the mid 1990's, I met a retired lighthouse keeper who had spent many tours of duty on that rock and he mentioned that it was the least sought after posting, which is not surprising, thankfully it's fully automated now, the lift for transporting stores and equipment up to the lighthouse is ingenious.

    Full record for 'LIGHTHOUSE RELIEF' (3571) - Moving Image Archive catalogue
     
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    Great film Jeff.
     
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    I'm glad that it's of interest to you Trevor.
     
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    Hi Jeff, you said waves have been known to break OVER the lighthouse :shock: ? Must be frightening if one sees how high above the sea the rock is it stands on! Going up & down the stairs to the sea once a day will keep the doctor away and one in great shape too!:D/ All very impressive!

    Best regards,

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    From time to time, waves break over the lighthouse at Sunderland. I suspect it's quite a common phenomenon during stormy weather for lighthouses situated more or less at sea-level...

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    G,,day . interesting film footage and text .
    thankyou for sharing .

    kerry
     
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    This photograph shows a lighthouse on the island of Bressay in Shetland.

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    Great photos! I imagine Shetland is an ideal location to collect and use pressure lamps.
     
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    I'm glad that this topic is of interest to you!:thumbup:
     
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    I always look forward to your Shetland posts.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Likewise! :thumbup:

    Best regards,

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    I also enjoy very much looking at your photos!
    A beautiful and romantic landscape, although I can Imagine that life is not so easy over there (at least compared to our convenient living here at central Germany).
    All the best, Martin K.
     
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    Hello fellow lampers and thanks for the positive comments! :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Is that Mousa broch? Nice photos. I have a broch on my doorstep Doune Carloway in the Isle of Lewis.
     
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    Add some lit mantle lanterns to the scenery, and its just perfect.
    Like it.
    Never made it so far north.
    Pity. Enjoy now your shots.
    Regards
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    The first photograph shows the broch which is located on the island of Mousa and the second photograph shows the Clickimin Broch which is located in Lerwick and the link below shows relevant information.

    Category:Brochs in Shetland - Wikipedia
     
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    Thanks for the positive comment!:thumbup:
     
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    This photograph shows the Eshaness lighthouse here in Shetland.

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