So, what is there to do on a dark Midwinter afternoon in Stornoway? Go Shopping of course! Lets see if we can find a bit of Christmas sparkle. Come along with me.
There are some lovely shiny things at the Arts Centre, An Lanntair, and an excellent exhibition on just now. Not to mention the coffee and cakes. But no time for that now. Across the street, Inspiration has the most gorgeous shimmery dress in the window ~ sigh.
Okay then - round the corner to Murdo MacLean's - our department store. Every town should have a shop like this. In fact, every town used to have one, until out of town shopping centres took over. Don't you love that Santa? A wee bit further along there is K Macdonald's, pharmacist and gift shop. How cool is that window display?
Oh - just got to quickly nip into the bank. Can you wait there a minute? Thanks.
Right then - across the road to the Hebridean Chocolate shop. This is what is known as a pop-up shop; only open until Christmas. Shame really, as the chocolate really is delicious. but we can buy it all year round in other outlets all over the island. James wants to go and see if the RNLI shop is open, but it isn't, so instead we will cross over and look at the stunning display in the Hebridean Jewellery shop. Very, very nice place.
Ah - one of my favourites now. The Good Food Boutique. A delicatessen and purveyor of fine foods. My favourite place for cheeses and all sorts of goodies. James particularly wants you to notice this gingerbread house. I think he remembers my farcical attempts at creating one last year, and doesn't want to miss out again. Is that a hint James?
Back down the street now, we pass Wee W's - formerly the Woolworth's store. Santa looks a bit too comfy there. I hope he wakes up in time!
And on round to the loveliness of Mosaic - gorgeous vintage-themed homewares and candles, and next door is Delights - another yummy delicatessen - but different to the Good Food Boutique, so I really have to visit both, don't you think? It has a nice coffee bar too.
Heading home now, let's stop in for a chat with Linzi. Her shop, Linzi's Yummies is certainly the yummiest smelling shop in town. She makes all her own stock - candles, soaps, bath bombs etc - sls free too. And what's more she is a really lovely lady.
Well, that's about it for today, although there are lots of other great places that i didn't have time to visit. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed our little shopping trip. Thirsty work though. Lets have some raspberry lemonade. Cheers!