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Scottish Translations for our Overseas Visitors!

As a nation, the Scots, with our unmistakable broad accents, can be really difficult to understand.  Accents, dialects and unique Scottish sayings vary quite drastically from the very north of Scotland right down through the islands and into the lowlands and borders, meaning that sometimes we Scots can’t even understand each other! As a wee […]

Scottish china mug and coasters in Westie design by Gillian Kyle

Westies and their fluffy white coat…

This is Archie – he’s a wee scamp. With his tartan bow tie and big brown eyes he looks like butter wouldn’t melt – but as all Westie owners will tell you – he’s got a streak of mischief in him a mile wide! The Scottish West Highland Terrier features on a number of my […]

Green, purple and sharp…why are Thistles our national emblem?

Growing abundantly throughout Scotland, the beautiful but viciously sharp and prickly purple thistle has proudly carried the title of Scotland’s national emblem for hundreds of years. But why was it chosen in the first place? ‘Jaggy Thistles’ Stretched Canvas Print in Silver Well, it all dates back to the Battle of Largs in 1263… For […]

How much of Scotland have you ‘Mapped Out’?

  With such cheap flights abroad, it can be easy to forget what we’ve got right here in bonnie Scotland when you’re planning a holiday. For your next long weekend or road trip, instead of going further afield why not make the most of the great variety of countryside scenery, seasides and vibrant cities that […]

Fish and Chips – you can never haddock enough…

  I love these salt and vinegar soaked parcels of delight so much, that there’s a whole range of products dedicated to them on my website. I’m really fond of the traditional Fish Supper Friday and there’s something about the smell of a Scottish chippy that makes me nostalgic for the cold, wet days when […]

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Springtime in Scotland

I look forward to the start of Spring every year. When the clocks spring forward and we have that extra hour of daylight in the evening, it feels like there are more hours in the day and more time to relax or see friends. Four seasons in a day… Of course, Scotland’s weather isn’t 100% […]

Full Scottish Breakfast…

This truly Scottish phenomena is served almost without fail in every bed and breakfast and hotel in every part of Scotland. It is an intrinsic part of Scottish hospitality and if well done it can be a true masterpiece.    If you get it right you won’t need to eat again till tea time or (if […]

Office politics – Secret Santa sorted

These days I’m unlikely to ever be found panic buying on Buchanan Street on Christmas Eve. But, doing this job I have doled out plenty of last-minute gift-giving advice to ‘no-idea-what-to-buy’ shoppers over the years. As you can probably tell if you follow my posts and blogs, I’m into Christmas in a big way, and […]

Let the Christmas Madness Begin with our Black Friday Giveaway!

Hello everyone, I know that for many of you today is the busiest shopping day of the year, so thanks for stopping to read my musings.  This year I’m getting into the spirit of things with a fantastic Black Friday giveaway but as a small business owner I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about the crazy […]

Hurray for hampers!

You lovely lot, my customers, are brilliant, inspiring folk. This week we are launching a range of hampers bursting with some of our most popular modern Scottish goodies, prettily packaged and perfect for gifting. These might never have come about if it weren’t for you lot, so I’m feeling very grateful today. The hampers were […]

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