Cliff-Walking in Sumba

Day 14 of my travels with The Clipperton Project around the Faroe Islands.

Today a few of us went walking from the tiny town of Sumba, through some fields, and around a stunning cliff face… and almost making it to Lopra before taking the bus back to Vágur!

But first a good morning selfie… or two!!

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Onward to Sumba…..

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This guy was brilliant! He talked to us for a while about the sheep they keep here. Those little lambs next to him lost their mama :( but he is caring for them while they grow up. (photo pinched from Mhairi Law)

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I’m not sure what this stuff was… but I could quite easily see it growing under the sea… perhaps encrusting the crown of a swimming mermaid…

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Corseted fence?!

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Sea pinks!!

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That little town you can see in the distance is Lopra… with the long winding road down… we didn’t quite make it all the way, and had to run down the grassy hills to catch the bus!!

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A beautiful spot to stop for lunch. I love sitting somewhere where I can dangle my feet off the edge.

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We caught the bus in time! and headed back to Vágur.

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Night night Johanna.

See you again tomorrow :)

Stay tuned…

Chloe out.

Hvalba & Harbours

Day 13 of my travels with The Clipperton Project around the Faroe Islands.

Today we were wandering around the small town of Hvalba.

A small group of us had wanted to visit the only coalmine on the islands, which was located just a little outside of Hvalba… but sadly when we wandered into town in search of information, there was none to be found! and we couldn’t quite figure out how to reach the place. So… we went for a walk instead.

And a beautiful walk it was, well worth sticking around for.

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Yup. That is the little island we saw the other day. We’re now just a lot further to the left of where we were yesterday.

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This was a wonderfully odd little farm just on the way to the harbour! full of weird little animals…

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I walked down this pretty little harbour, and sat on the edge of the rocks to eat my lunch… after being chased by sheep who wanted by sandwich!!

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Finally a walk along the beach to collect some more bits and pieces for jewellery making…

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And back to The Johanna… tonight sailing off back to Vágur for a few days….. but first a bit of cheeky climbing up the rigging for a couple of our crew!!

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And where would I be without some sexy pictures of the ship’s ropes and riggings. Love me some ropework ;)

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And off we go!!

Today’s journey was very all over the place and not very calm at all! A lot of us were very rather ill by the end!! We had 50 knot winds battering us about, and rather big swells as a result! I still hadn’t figured out my strategy, and felt like total shit by the end of this journey!!

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This was the end of my photos from that day. When the boat was tipping enough to allow water in, and I couldn’t move an inch without feeling like I wanted to hurl, it was time to put the camera away!!

But luckily Lea Kannar was filming a timelapse of this journey… if you follow this link (it may not work as I think it’s a private FB, but still worth a nosey if you can!).

More to come soon!

Stay tuned…

Chloe out.

Vágur & World War II

Day 10 of my travels with The Clipperton Project around the Faroe Islands.

Today we packed up our stuff in Tòrshavn and headed out on our journey to Vágur, where we would (eventually!) be meeting our boat.

Vágur is on the southernmost island of Suðuroy, which we travelled down to by ferry from Tòrshavn. The ride over was beautifully calm, and as we were on it for a couple of hours, I managed to get a good bit of journalling and design doodling done.

 

Unfortunately, when we arrived in Vágur, The Johanna wasn’t quite ready for us… so, it was another night in a hostel. It did give us some time to explore the town though…

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We came across this wonderful little museum which had a weird and wonderful collection of items and photographs from Vágur during World War II.

The Faroe Islands, Faroese ships and Faroese crew were of vast importance to Great Britain during World War II (1940-1945). Most of the British ships were in the early years of the war rebuilt to warships and for the same reason there were few British fishing vessels in operation. The demand for fish in Britain was large, and here the Faroese ships and crews came to play an important role.

Each week Faroese ships transported 100s of tonnes of fish to the British market. The fish was transported from Iceland and the Faroe Islands to Britain, mostly to harbourd in the north of Britain. All in all Faroese ships made 2.354 trip to Britain with 152.000 tonnes of fish to a value of 198 million Danish kroners.

The voyages through the battle zones in the North Atlantic did though have their high prize. During the years of World War II 205 Faroese men were casualties of war acts on the sea and 39 ships were lost. Of these 9 ships were from Vágur, of which 4 were lost with all hands. 27 men lost their lives with these ships, 14 from Vágur.

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Sadly there wasn’t much information about these, but I loved these photographs of a Scottish regiment that stayed here during World War II.

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These model boats were all made by the curator of the museum, Poul Niclassen, who spent years crafting these vessels that from Vágur that were used in the war, in his little home workshop.

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After the museum we wandered through the town a little more.

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Yup! that is a dried up fish head lying in the port!

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Dad! this sea mine photo is for you!!

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Planning our route with the Johanna! in our cosy little hostel.

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This sock was knitted by Lynne Reed on her travels around the Faroes!! photo by Nils Aksnes.

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More to come soon!!

Stay tuned!

Chloe out.

 

The Nordic House & a wander around Tòrshavn

Day 8 of my travels with The Clipperton Project around the Faroe Islands.

Today we were still in Tòrshavn and my day was a bit annoying.

I woke up in a bad mood for no apparent reason, and it got worse as I messed up most of morning wandering to and from laundry services trying to acquire clean clothes!! A complete waste of a morning… but I made up for it.

I cheered myself up by wandering over to Norðurlandahúsið í Føroyum or The Nordic House… after I had finally washed my clothes!!!

The Nordic House was basically a culture venue, built using traditional Nordic design with a modern spin. It was beautiful. And at the moment housed a really interesting art exhibition.

The Summer Exhibition NÚ/NOW 3 June – 21 August
The Summer Exhibition 2016 lets young Faroese artists born after 1980 take centre stage. We showcase works by 26 young talented artists, each with their own approach to visual arts.

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I then wandered around the city for a little bit, doing a bit of shopping, and just seeing what I could see :)

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No. I did not draw this. Just was highly amused as I walked past!

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The Westward Ho.

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Surprise sculpture!!!

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I then settled into this beach to draw and gather up materials to make jewellery with.

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A bad start to my day turned beautiful with art and the sea shore.

More to come soon…

Chloe out.

Marshy hill walk in Mykines & an open mic night in Tòrshavn

Day 6 of my journey around The Faroe Islands with The Clipperton Project.

Yesterday we walked out along the coast to the puffin colonies in the glorious sunshine, and today we walked up a marshy hill in the drizzingly rain. It was still beautiful… just a different kind of beautiful!

A small group of us decided to explore the other side of the small island, and we wrapped ourselves in waterproofs to tackle the wet weather on our walk up the boggy hills on the other side of the small town.

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That green ridge was where we walked along the previous day to see the puffins. It looks like a long way from here!! You can just see the lighthouse poking out from the top.

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I’m actually wearing a pink waterproof jacket… it was that cold!!! Yes, mum, thanks for the jacket, I do appreciate it :P

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A place that is so natural is still shaped by human hands. This, in a very beautiful way, but even here we are leaving our mark.

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After this cold, windy, wet walk we popped into the little cafe opposite the yellow house for a hot chocolate! and I doodled in my journal for a bit.

Just before heading back to the ferry, I went for one last wander…

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I include this dead bird picture, because I found it interesting. This is the third dead bird i came across like this. All that remains are the wings, and a little connection of bone in he middle. It suggests to me that the middle of the bird is the only edible part, or the part that is easily accessed by scavenging animals. However, to me, the interesting part is that I can see where fallen fairy or fallen angel stories could arise from, if all that is left of them are dead wings, lying abandoned and broken on the ground without their body counterparts.

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The ferry back was cold and windy!!!

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A small group of us broke off from the main, to head back to Tòrshavn for an open mic night, featuring Josè ( a member of our merry crew!) who was invited to play by the organiser.

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José is a fantastic musician, and if you follow this link, you can nosey at his beautiful work.

 

After the bars closed we headed over to the stone steps were a small group of people were hanging out playing guitar, and we talked and enjoyed the music they were playing until the almost dark hours of the morning. It was a wonderful night, full of great music and lots of fun :)

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Stay tuned for more…

Chloe out.

Listasavn Føroya -The Faroe Islands Art Museum in Tòrshavn

Day 3 of my journey around The Faroe Islands with The Clipperton Project.

Today was a Sunday. Sunday in Tòrshavn means that basically everything was closed, including all the buses! So, we had a rather lazy start to the day… a wee lie in, and milling around internet researching, and munching on cookies!!

Around lunchtime we headed out to the Listasavn Føroya (after a quick detour from the Nordic House, which was shut… fret not! I got to it later!!) which is the national art gallery in the Faroe’s, and one of the only things open!!!

Fine arts started relatively late within Faroese culture, with crafts and handmade items being favoured to occupy the makers’ hands. Painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. were overlooked until around 1800, but most art from earlier on, hasn’t always survived. The Faroese Art Society, who run this museum, now endeavour to preserve and promote all the fine arts that the Faroe Islands have to offer!

I wasn’t allowed to take my camera in, but I sneaked a few photos on my iPod… shh!!!

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This room/installation was amazing, and my photos don’t really do it justice! The floor and ceiling was mirrored, and the walls were lined with colourful blue toned stained glass. The mirrors gave the feeling of stepping into infinity, a reoccurring figure amongst the waves. It was beautiful.

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I’m going to do another post about these birds in suits as I loved Edward Fuglø’s work, and naturally had to buy these postcards for my art wall!

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Outside the gallery were bronze sculptures (by Hans Pauli Olsen who I’ll blog about later when we get to the selkie statue!), and it was surrounded by a stunning wooded parkland, which I wandered around getting lost with the trolls and hidden people…

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I think this one is my favourite. It speaks to me of an elemental soul escaping, or perhaps being grounded. It’s beautiful, and the texture is stunning.

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Troll?

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I was feeling a little inspired! and doodled a few things in my sketchbook, which I’ll share in some later posts with lots of hand-journalled images!!
I enjoyed wandering around this woodland. It was incredibly peaceful… Relaxing… inspiring… peaceful.
Stay tuned for more…!
Chloe out.