In a month or so we're launching our grand window display competition- one of my many ideas whilst laying in bed dreaming up mainly silly things and ideas- but occasionally I do have a pearler and am hoping this will be one and many shops and their customers will get behind it- more news on this soon via my blog, twitter and facebook too!!

Anyhow- from this idea came my ' shop of the week' where I'll feature a stockist hopefully each week, a little info about them, where they are and also a little about the town where they 'live'

Last September I had a few days staying in Fife, where I had fantastic weather, and a great few days visiting a few customers- most of which have become firm friends.... Even though one may have tried to kill me- Jude who owns this weeks shop has been asking me for ages to repaint something better of St Andrews - and I must admit she was right, what I had painted could really be any harbour (and to be quite frank I can paint much better these days!!). So off I went to St Andrews for the day in search of that best spot for a painting (really a photo from which I'll work from when I get home!!). I knew the best scene would be a view from the top of the 33m St Rule's tower at the cathedral- it was rather a windy day and to say the view was worth the zillion steps (and the thought that I may die of exhaustion at the top!)

So, back to my shop of the week- J & G Innes (http://www.jg-innes.co.uk) has a beautiful shop front- quite possibly the most distinctive in St Andrews, originally the home of the St Andrew's Citizen newspaper , was bought and renovated by the Innes family in 1927... I could say more about the shop- but the photo here shows it better!! ;0)

 

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In the shop- you'll find a warm welcome and a fantastic collection of greetings cards, stationery, books, mgazines, art materials and much much more (including my tea towels!!). Hamish the St Andrews cat has also been known to visit!!

St Andrews is a great place to visit, and should be on everybody's must do list of Scotland- the whole area of Fife really, from the beautiful harbours of Crail and Pittenweem- the lovely small town of Falkland and back to the university town itself. It has so very much more than the uni and golf. The beaches are great for walks, the castle and cathedral for some history. Fantastic places to eat, and great shopping- the link here takes you to the St Andrews website where you can find out more!!

http://www.visitstandrews.com

hamish       st andrews

My new painting of St Andrews!!