Happy New Year 2017

Now that we’re semi-retired, we get to explore a little.  Perhaps that’s over-stating it as we do sell online and have to be around to manage the orders, but if we didn’t afford ourselves the luxury of day-trips, life would be a little boring.

So far this year we’ve visited two different coffee shops.  The first was in Broughty Ferry.  We went to the amazing Visocchis – Italian Coffee Shop and Ice Cream Parlor, Broughty Ferry  in Gray Street.  As it was just after New Year, there weren’t many places open and the place was jumping.  We were lucky, though, and found a table for four.  Visocchis specialise in pasta and pizza and their own, delicious home made ice cream and cakes.  I ordered lasagne and the others ordered Paperdelle Visocchi and Fettucine Al Salmone – rave reviews all round.  The ice cream deserts met all expectations, too.  Would we go back?  Definitely!

Coffee Shop

The next day, we decided to visit The Smiddy at Doune – run by the Blair Drummond Estate.  It’s brand new (opened just before Christmas 2016) and looked interesting, set back from the junction of the A84 and A873.  The building is brand new and nicely laid out.  Walking through the farm shop and gift shop, you come to the dining area which has a view out over open fields.

I had the steak pie from the lunch menu – while Sandy had one of the specials, gammon steak, egg and chips.  Both really tasty.

Sitting and watching, the staff were very attentive and food was made to order.  We did notice that some diners were getting a little impatient waiting for a soup order but again, it was a busy day and the staff were obviously dealing with orders as they came in.

We would go back again!



Silly Saturday!


This adorable, cute little Steiff rabbit found it’s way outside to check out the quality of the miniature carrots ….  It’s actually on its way to a customer but needed some breakfast before the journey 😉


Penk, on the banks of the River Naab

Sometimes you come across a lovely little place to eat and you’re happy to spread the news!  Well, we visited one such place in a small hamlet called Penk – not far from Regensburg, on the banks of the River Naab.

Spitzauer in Penk
Gasthof Spitzauer – a great place to eat.

Ok, I’m looking a little distrait, but I had just eaten a lovely mixed salad starter and a lovely piece of rump steak … Sandy had some soup and a Cordon-Bleu Schnitzel.  I’m sure we’d both go back to Gasthof Spitzauer.


Still on holiday?

We’ve just had a couple of breaks away from Scotland;  the first week was spent in Hexham in a self-catering property 4 miles from the town.  As a farmer’s daughter, I really appreciated the smart conversion of one of the farm buildings into a well-designed and comfortable home for three couples.

It was a very peaceful place to live for the week – and there was always some interest in the farm work going on around us.

Self-catering near Hexham
High Dalton Farm Cottage

A few days after returning from Hexham, we headed overseas to visit Regensburg on the Danube.  We flew from Edinburgh to Munich via Easyjet.

Although it wasn’t quite the golden October that we had hoped for, there were moments during our visit where the sun shone and the atmosphere was brilliant.

Kallmunz on the River Naab
Walking towards the Castle at Kallmunz

The castle is a ruin – and while there is a track from the other side, we chose (?) to climb the steps which were cut into the rockface to get a view out over the river valley and the village.  It was well worth the effort.  Thankfully, though, we didn’t meet anyone on the steps – I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much in the busier summer months.

ps – although we’re now back home, I am only now switching back on to work!


Over 30 Stylish Celtic Cufflinks in Sterling Silver

We’ve had a busy time with family this summer – it’s been great getting out and about and catching up with everyone!  Starting to feel a little elderly now as we can’t keep up with the pace as well as we used to.  We’ve visited some interesting places including Dumfries House (just outside Cumnock) and we got as far south as the Hexham area – it was fantastic too.

Hexham Abbey Window
Inside Hexham Abbey

But now it’s time to think forward to our online shop – and getting organised for Christmas.  Oh, dear, this year did go by in a flash.

We’ve got a great selection of Scottish sterling silver cufflinks which make a great gift, either for Christmas or birthdays. Although men are more casually dressed, there are still times when smart attire is de rigueur – weddings, interviews, formal business meetings, for example.  (We love it when we see smartly dressed men and long for the return to the snazzy suits worn by the film stars of the 1940s and 50s …. sad but true)

Celtic Cufflinks - rectangular shape
Oran Mor – Silver Celtic Cufflinks

These cufflinks are solid and feature a Celtic interlace design.  Discounts are available if you order more than one set.

Corporate Gifts

Little did we think when we went into semi-retirement that we would be asked to fulfill a corporate gifts order – however, we’re definitely up for a challenge, especially when it means that we get to promote Scottish craftsmen and women.  In all, we commissioned work from half a dozen of Scotland’s best silversmiths for an order which had to be delivered in January 2016.  It all went to plan, although we were a little anxious to get the products made and back from the Edinburgh Assay Office in time for delivery.

Celtic silver and leather bracelet
Three Nornes Silver and Leather Bracelet

We would love to talk to you if you are interested in sourcing Scottish gifts or jewellery for your DMC event – we can be contacted on 07955 450739.

In addition, over the years we have built up some great relationships with gift and jewellery companies so we would be happy to search out that perfect gift for your event.  Please challenge us!

Black Friday Deals – Part 2

Ok – here’s the second product which is eligible for a 20% discount for Black Friday.  These beautiful gold Celtic earrings are made in Scotland and hallmarked in Edinburgh.  They are fitted with gold hook earrings and this gives them an extremely elegant look!

Mhorain Celtic Gold Earrings
9ct gold Celtic Earrings with Hook Fittings

Here’s another view of the earrings

BLACK FRIDAY is the code to get your 20% off at the checkout 🙂  https://www.macgillivrays.co.uk/mhorain-gold-earrings.html

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