Its amazing the things you find or forget about. 10 years ago when we were designing and building the interior of Howies in Aberdeen we commissioned 3 pieces of cast iron work from a little known Scottish sculptor. They are stunning pieces of work 2 large screens fixed to the floor to separate off part of our large open plan eating area and a balustrade. They have been there since then, walked past, admired, used every single day. In the day to day business of a restaurant its all about the food, the customer, the service and so we sort of took them for granted. That is until this January when we refurbished the restaurant and a designer remarked on them and it was with eye popping surprise we remembered they are the work of Andy Scott – sculptor of the Three Kelpies. – yes those kelpies!


They are incredibly heavy and stunning in their place – we just got so used to seeing them being part and parcel of our place and thus forgot to see them for what they are. Remarkable.

I expect its like living with George Clooney – after a while you get used to him so you don’t stare at him all day and all night.

In order to open up our space we had to move the screens so with a selection of strapping young men we did. So the screens are now wrapped in swaddling clothes and appearing in Edinburgh today for the Bonhams, Scottish Sale. Lots 540 and 541. Pop in and see them if you are in Edinburgh – otherwise have a look online…..

Here’s the catalogue   amongst some of the best art in the country – they find their rightful place.

So …..see you there?

And most importantly of all don’t forget – how easy it is not to see the wood for the trees.


Travels with a sausage

by AlisonsDiary on Monday 13th Apr 2015

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I have been dreaming of going travelling with a dog for as long as I have been upright and on this earth. It may seem a strange thing to those who are not canine lovers like myself but having been born and brought up with dogs and never been consciously without one in my life it is the only thing – other than a great Rogan Josh – that I truly truly miss when I away from home for any length of time.

So this is the year. With a new puppy on board – a miniature wiry daschundImage I am off travelling with my sausage.

I will update from France, Spain, England, Scotland and any other places we trek from the dogs eye view as well as my own. Its a diary for my own amusement and if you enjoy it, so be it.




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Bumping my gums about Teahouse Transport….

by AlisonsDiary on Tuesday 24th Mar 2015

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Oops – my Mum’s bag was picked up over a week ago and it is………
well I don’t know where.
So please disregard the previous post.
In their defence it worked brilliantly on the way to Spain from Scotland but on the way back?
Well if you see a large blue case packed with jumpers a dog coat and birthday card drop me a line.


Lugging trunks on holiday are a thing of the past – hallelujah.

6 March 2015

  So there I was gas and air getting my legs waxed just before Christmas chatting to the unfortunate girl faced with my hairy extremities. Trying to change the subject. “So what are you doing at Christmas?” Off to Poland “God it will be cold there.” Yes about -20 but I just take all my […]

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Great British Painting Challenge.

1 March 2015

Great. Love it. The judges are harsh but honest. The presenter – Richard Bacon – has it really taken this long to forgive his early misdemeanour and invite him onto National TV?  Bright, intelligent and great to have back on our screens.  (I miss his Radio 5 live show so much I can’t listen to […]

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Charlie Chorizo – sausage of love.

23 December 2014

Charlie Chorizo has arrived. A sausage dog. The sausage dog. The ruler of our days. And nights. Some may think it a little early after the demise of our dear old souls who were wafted off to doggy heaven just few weeks ago. But me without a dog is like Judith Chalmers without a passport, […]

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Menopausal munching for Xmas

4 December 2014

I have just consumed an entire Thomas The tank engine advent calendar I had bought for a friends son. 25 wee bits of shiny not very chocolatey chocolate – pop, gulp,  pop, gulp, pop, gulp , pop, gulp, pop x 25. All gone. Well I need some comfort I have lost my voice. A joy […]

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Heartbreak on 8 legs.

14 November 2014

Desperate sadness surrounds this blog post and the person writing it. My dear hairy friends, stalwart supporters, companions through thick and thin are no longer on this mortal coil. Flora half haggis half womble and Sam nice but dim Labrador are gone. The knowledge of adopting and loving and animal is one thing but the […]

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Ebola. A question.

14 October 2014

I am not getting hysterical about EBOLA. Someone posted a brilliant statistic about the number of people who are killed by flu every year in comparison which put it all into perspective and as this article states brilliantly – it’s not all about us – at least it shouldn’t be. Brilliant article here. BUT Yup […]

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The Referendumb

17 September 2014

Fits happenin’ min? It’s a’ gone mad. As Maw says ‘AYE’ and ‘NAW’ shouts Dad. The kids are rippin’ doon the banners Abody’s forgotten a’ their manners Mind on Friday we’re a’ still Scots Indy or no’ we’re still the tops So gather roon’ embrace yer kin We’re in it the gither thick or thin. […]

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