In Search of Shetland

So, here’s a little bit about me, and why I’ve started writing this blog.

My names Ali, I currently live in the South West, but I was born and raised in East Anglia. My parents are from Scotland, apart from my mums paternal line which is from East Anglia, and how we came to live down there and not in Scotland. I truly love Scotland though, it has so many memories for me. Going to visit family as a child, living in Edinburgh after university and more recently an amazing holiday in the Highlands with my husband. It’s a very special country to me, and one I love going back to, although I have never been to Shetland.

For as long as I can remember, my mum has said that when she wins the lottery, she would take her family to watch the Up Helly Aa in Shetland. Her mum was born in Shetland, and although her grandmother was born in London, her great grandparents were born in Shetland, and her great great grandparents, and her great, great, great grandparents, and on and on and on. Despite her Shetland heritage, and her many years living in Scotland, she has never been to Shetland, I guess she is still waiting for that lottery win!

My mum and I at my hen party, September 2018

Next year my dad has a significant birthday, and as we plan the celebrations for that, it got me thinking- in 2020 my mum will also have a significant birthday, and yet she still hasn’t been to the place she’s wanted to go her whole life. So, I decided that it was time we went up to the islands of ponies and knitwear together, for a little mother/ daughter bonding.

In the spirit of family, my mum and I are going to go on a journey together. A physical journey up to Shetland, but also a journey to find out more about our roots, our ancestors, what our genes are made of and who we are. I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to be going on this adventure with my dear old mum.