A very wet blustery start to the last day didn't see Rob and I venture out until 12 though to our credit we did work the Sumburgh Head, Farm, Hotel and Grutness areas thoroughly, though via a refreshment stop with the very hospitable Mr Ellis. Early afternoon saw us head to the Sandwick to get a selection of fine pies. Bugger me on entering the shop it became clear that they had sold out!! Disaster. The only remaining pies were a couple of 'meat' pies so I popped them in the microwave and promptly consumed them. However I did manage to get a bakery carrier bag which I will give to the lucky person who can email me a shot of the elusive sausage and bean pie.
We then checked a few fields for Golden Plover flocks but spirits were low following the pie disaster. There was always a chance however that Mainlands would come up trumps and they did just that. Not only was there a selection of previously ticked pies but also a rather new phenomenon in the form of a Lancashire Hot Pot Pie. A review of this pie will follow as it's still festering in my hand luggage. A White Sauce and Chicken Pie was also purchased t this point.
It was now time to say my good buys to Rob and the two Andy's and depart for the airport.
Once gain with a heavy heart I said goodbye to the wonderful Shetland, however this time I will be back much sooner 10 weeks and 4 days exactly.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this trip the best yet: Rob, Helen, Andy, Andy, Rachel, Katrina, Hugh, Pete and Ken and anyone else I might have missed.
I came for the birds but stayed for the pies