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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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)
These cufflinks are solid and feature a Celtic interlace design. Discounts are available if you order more than one set.
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.
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!
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!
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
Some of the best weddings we’ve attended have had something special happen – either because there was a live band playing or because someone arranged something unexpected. We didn’t attend this wedding but the video on youtube has captured the moment when the guests, bride and groom (I believe!) put on a display of traditional Irish dance for the guests.