Independence Day

983A4875Been a bit quiet on the blog front of late, no big surprise really as Ian and Neil have been up in the wilds of Northwest Iceland, out of contact, filming Arctic foxes around Hornstrandir. Andy meanwhile has returned to sunny England, and is doing a bit of moonlighting on a Lion film for Martin Dohrn down at Ammonite films.
Going through the thousands of stills taken so far on our little journey, came across these taken on Independence day (june 17th) out on the Island with families and ducklings that made our stay so special.

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The kids all made flags, gathered the ducklings together and set off on a parade around the island, ducks in tow. It was quite a spectacle, but trying to keep up with 10 kids and over a hundred ducklings on the march was tricky from a camera point of view!

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We’ll see how the sequence comes out, but the kids thoroughly enjoyed it, ending up with building a proper bonfire outside a small cave on the beach and toasting marshmallows, proper Swallows and Amazons stuff, a wonderful day with wonderful people!

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A bit about Icelandic Independence (the History bit from wikipedia)
“Icelandic National Day (Icelandic: Þjóðhátíðardagurinn, the day of the nation’s celebration) is an annual holiday in Iceland which commemorates the foundation of The Republic of Iceland on 17 June 1944 and its independence from Danish rule.[1] The date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of Jón Sigurðsson, a major figure of Icelandic culture and the leader of the 20th century Icelandic independence movement.[2]
Abolishing the monarchy resulted in little change to the Icelandic constitution, “The King” was merely substituted for “The President”. However the people of Iceland celebrated the end of the long struggle for total independence and praised Jón Sigurðsson for his early independence movement and Sveinn Björnsson, who became the first president of Iceland.
Today, Icelanders celebrate this holiday on a national scale. The celebration traditionally takes the form of a parade through each urban area with a brass band at the fore. Riders on Icelandic horses often precede the brass band and flagbearers from the Icelandic scout movement traditionally follow the brass band”

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Next up, as promised before, a spot of Salmon fishing…..

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