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Retirement? Well, sort of!

Margaret, at Plockton.
We took the opportunity to visit Plockton, a couple of years ago.

It was 2015 when we sold our shop in Helensburgh, so technically, we’ve been retired now for five years! It’s passed in the blink of an eye. We miss all of our customers and also the chat, the gossip, the sad moments, the fun moments – but we don’t miss the work and we certainly don’t miss the responsibility of having a physical presence on the high street. Like many seaside towns, Helensburgh has its challenges and, now that the council have decided to upgrade the swimming pool and the parking on the seafront, there are going to be a couple of more “interesting” trading years for the businesses there. Infrastructure improvement is always important and, in the fullness of time, the town will benefit greatly from the new facilities.

So, what about our own lives? What has been the impact of retirement on our routines??

We have certainly slowed down; I don’t think I could contemplate working the hours that the business demanded. However, the plus side of being at home was that we could start to plan and execute renovations in our home – and by sheer chance, we chose to do the work last year. The builders were only interrupted by bad weather a couple of days; the work ran smoothly and we were delighted with the outcome. We’ve got a great new kitchen, a modernised bathroom and an extra bedroom. The house was rewired and we also had gas central heating installed (thank goodness!) I don’t know how we would have coped had the work been delayed till this year; the weather has been much windier and wetter, the Coronavirus pandemic has shut down most building sites with staff on furlough – and my guess is that we would be living in a building site for many more months to come! Luck was on our side last year.

Being able to spend time together is such a bonus. Sandy is enjoying doing the garden and practically killed himself riddling the gravel on the path and drive. I have been trying to keep our website up to date and to market our online business – but, to be honest, my concentration isn’t what it used to be and so I end up making adjustments little and often. We still do sell products and are happy to post things out to customers old and new. We so appreciate being able to reach customers old and new; as a now (very) small enterprise, this is enough to give us a modest top-up to our retirement income and to keep us aware of what is current and how technology is coming to the aid of high street stores who had no other way of reaching their customers while the United Kingdom was in lockdown.

We haven’t travelled as much as we would have liked but we have enjoyed visiting places in Scotland that we couldn’t reach while we were working. The Scottish islands are wonderful; we have several more to visit before we can tick them all of the list – so I’m looking forward to doing that over the next few years. It would be lovely to visit Fair Isle; the Shetland Isles and Orkney as well as Lewis and Harris. Another place we simply must visit is Islay – my mother used to spend holidays there when she was a child.

Retirement has been magic; the next few years look quite promising and we want to push on to see and learn as much as we can before our physical condition keeps us on a shorter leash!

MacGillivray’s

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Treasures – a cozy offering today!

Border lambswool scarf

Anita Manning Colours - Calzeat Lambswool Scarf
Calzeat Scarf in Lambswool, made in Scotland

How often have you watched the exuberant Anita Manning on the BBC – wearing a funky, bright lambswool scarf? We’ve been selling this one for some time now and this is your opportunity to snap one up!

Use the code
Treasures
at the checkout to claim your 15% discount.

As the nights get shorter, the days seem to be colder – dank November days, snow and frost just around the corner – this cosy scarf will keep you nice and toasty!

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Samarkand – inspiration for our Treasures special offer

We know you love a deal and we’re offering a 15% discount on this set of six Samarkand mugs.  Created by Dunoon, these geometric designs are enhanced with 22ct gold leaf.

Use the code Treasures at checkout to claim your mugs to save £15.75 on the price of this lovely set.  This price includes delivery in the UK.  Overseas orders still carry postage charges, I’m afraid.

set of six samarkand mugs
Samarkand Mugs by Dunoon

The ancient city of Samarkand seems to have been a crucible of cultures and religions. An archaeological reserve in the north-east of Samarkand, known as Afrasiab, the site of the ancient city, contains numerous indications of a diverse medieval society. Excavations have revealed brilliant murals, whose fragments seem to illustrate a number of exotic scenes: a wedding procession, ambassadors bearing gifts, a diplomatic ceremony, and scenes from the royal hunt. Another shows a Chinese princess being conveyed across a river in a boat.

https://en.unesco.org/silkroad/content/samarkand

 

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Steal another one! This time, it’s a pvc apron

Alex Clark PVC Apron - Canine Cleaning Services
Canine Cleaning Services PVC Apron

You can buy this adorable Canine Cleaning Services PVC Apron by Alex Clark at 15% off our usual price by using the code Treasures when you reach the checkout.  This offer expires on 14th November.  Only valid for this product and while stocks last.

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My pc is showing its age

There comes a time when stuff just wears out!  … and that’s about to happen to my computer equipment.  DUH!  I’ve had most of the bits and pieces I used to run my business for several years now and just about everything is showing signs of terminal decline 🙁   … pun intended, LOL.
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The last time I bought a pc, I used Novatech.  Their service and delivery was fantastic and the prices were really good.  I’m about to send some more money their way but I’m hoping that the computer will last into the New Year because we are about to have some dusty renovations done and I don’t want to subject new equipment to builder’s dust.

I’m really happy to recommend Novatech, though, and if you chose to buy something through my link, I’ll receive a little commission to help towards the costs of the renovations.  :O

 

Are there any bargains to be had when you’re buying ink for your printer?  I feel as if I’m paying for liquid gold sometimes – so I’m going to try out these people!



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Oatmeal Soap

Large bar of oatmeal soap
Scottish Fine Soaps Oatmeal Soap

 

This is one of our best-selling products:  Scottish Fine Soaps Oatmeal Soap.   There are three different selections on our site; a single bar (great if you just want to try it out), a pack with three bars of soap and finally a pack with six bars of soap.  (Sometimes people do want to order more, so please contact us for further information.)

One of the most important features of the oatmeal soap is that it suits some people with sensitive skins – but, because of allergies, we do get asked quite frequently about the ingredients.  This is a list of the ingredients in the soap!

  • Sodium Palmate,
  • Sodium Cocoate,
  • Aqua (Water),
  • Avena Sativa Meal,
  • Glycerin,
  • Parfum (Fragrance),
  • Sodium Chloride,
  • Titanium Dioxide,
  • Sodium Gluconate,
  • Tetrasodium EDTA,
  • Tetrasodium Etidronate,
  • Eugenol,
  • Alpha Isomethyl Ionone,
  • Amyl Cinnamal,
  • Coumarin,
  • Linalool,
  • Hexyl,
  • Cinnamal,
  • Cinnamal Alcohol.
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Christmas 2017 – Last Posting Dates by Royal Mail

International Last Posting Dates
Christmas 2017

International Standard and all International Tracking and Signature services

Saturday 2 December
Africa, Middle East

Wednesday 6 December
Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Eastern Europe
(except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)

Thursday 7 December
Caribbean, Central and South America

Saturday 9 December
Australia, Greece, New Zealand

Wednesday 13 December
Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland

Thursday 14 December
Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

Friday 15 December
Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal,
Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia,
Spain, Switzerland

Saturday 16 December
Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

UK Last Posting Dates
Christmas 2017

UK Business Contract Services

Tuesday 19 December
Royal Mail 48®

Wednesday 20 December
Royal Mail Tracked 48®
Royal Mail 24®

Thursday 21 December
Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®
Royal Mail Tracked 24®

Friday 22 December
Royal Mail Special Delivery
Saturday Guaranteed®