I found this envelope on the kitchen floor, and it made me think that maybe I spent my own working life in the wrong business.
His full name is Hamish McKay Denovan, he’s been on TV and he has his own Facebook page where he has over 270 friends.
If we’re on the way north to climb hills or stay somewhere in the campervan, we usually stop at the Woollen Mill for a coffee and smoko, and it’s while we’ve been parking the van there that I’ve noticed what a fantastic attraction Hamish is for the tourists. Many touring bus trips stop at the retail outlet and the tourists actually run over from their buses to take photos of Hamish. They also buy vegetable blocks from the shop so that they can feed him, and they get quite excited about seeing highland cattle. Hamish does very well, and so does the Mill shop.
These sorts of things are exactly what tourists, and children, like to see, and there’s nothing wrong with that at all. It’s part of the Scottish heritage.
What I visited Edinburgh Castle a few weeks back I didn’t see any people in kilts or highland outfits, and no-one playing bagpipes. Maybe there were some men wearing kilts, but I certainly didn’t see them. This is a shame, as the place heaves with tourists, and they surely would be delighted to see such things. At every tourist attraction we visited in China, back in May, there were local people in traditional dress, either acting as guides, or selling things, or dancing or just walking around, and they looked beautiful.