Saturday, 24 October 2009

Fair Trade.

We at Niche Gallery believe very much in the concept of fair trade, and we shall always try where ever possible to source product from fair trade, of course it is not always possible.
We have just taken delivery of some great fair trade goods for the home and kitchen range, these include products made from Acacia wood which is a beautiful timber that also comes from renewable forests.


We cannot control every thing about fair trade but we believe that if it can be, then best to try and share some around and that way the craftsmen and women who have made these beautiful pieces get a better benefit from the sale of there goods such as this salad bowl.


We also have lots of other goodies for help in the kitchen, this is a lovely practical mixing bowl, for all your spices.



The ultimate help in the kitchen at this time of year or at any time for that matter, a great range of Trolleys, delivered assembled or some are assembly, your self.


Of course we believe in fun in the kitchen if you can, and have a range of fun boards in dog, cat, cow shapes, there’s lots of them and very practical as well.

The team at Niche Gallery.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Stocktaking.

Hi all,
Yes it is that time again when a small business like ours needs to do the stock taking, its only then, that you tend to realise just how many product lines you actually carry, and we do have a lot for a small retail outlet, the up side of this of course is that it gives you our valued customer much more choice of good quality products.
It also allows us the chance to evaluate which stock to continue with and which stock we shall discontinue.
And it allows room for more great products, and the order for Miss Dee Jewellery has now been done and we shall let you know as soon as it comes in to the shop and when it is online. We think it has been worth the wait.


Go on drop it!
Speaking of stock taking and waiting, brings me to a great scene of the squirrels doing there stock take and gathering up all the cones and nuts they can find for the winter fast approaching, looks like our Husky was thinking the same in this recent photo as she was waiting (in vain) at the bottom of the tree for hours hoping that this particular squirrel was going to drop some of his hard earned gains or even if he was going to drop out of the tree. “It’s a wonderful world” we just need to take the time to notice.
Just a quick note on the Post strike going on in the U.K. just now, this should have no effect on us with regard to any one ordering from our internet site as we have put alternative carriers in place, so that any disruption to customers would be negligible.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Fabian Perez

Hello all,
We would like to introduce you to some of our favourite artwork here by an artist that is now like a rock star in the art world called Fabian Perez.
His work is just so atmospheric and moody; it looks great on any wall.
Very collectable too, and on top of being very talented he has just been appointed as the official artist for the Winter Olympics and the Olympic Games of 2012.
So we have 3 of his signed Limited Editions here to show you.


This one is called The Man in White Suit IV
Fantastic painting, "lil old wine drinker me" springs to mind right away, but we love this painting, and one of the problems of being involved in this type of business is the fact that we have to sell a lot of our favourite stuff!


Flamenco I


Flamenco II
Great artwork by Fabian, the two paintings above should really go as a pair but they stand out on there own as great paintings full of atmosphere and movement.
All on show of course at our website, click here for more

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Visit of Queen Mary II to South Queensferry

Hello All,
Well on the drive to the shop yesterday morning just as we got over the brow of the last hill on the way to South Queensferry, there was the sight we had waited to see (along with hundreds of others) The Forth Road bridge in the foreground with the mighty shape of the Railway Bridge behind and anchored just of the bridges was the magnificent cruise liner Queen Mary II (Q.M.II) as it is more commonly called.
(Seems to be abbreviations for everything nowadays, we will soon have an abbreviation language as well) A beautiful crisp autumn morning and she was glinting in the sunshine.

The tide was beginning to turn for what was one of the highest tides of the year, and the Sea was as flat as a pancake as all the liners small Tenders started to bring there passengers ashore, I am thinking that they have not had such a calm ride in a small boat, as it was almost eerie just how still the sea was, and looking at the mighty Forth Rail bridge this was no “Bridge over troubled water” today, the end of the Indian summer I reckon.
The small town started to fill up pretty quickly with visitors to see the ship, and passengers alike.


Early Morning at low tide.


Just getting her ready to offload the passengers.


Early afternoon as the tide rises.
By mid afternoon it had become very busy and there was also a wedding going on in the hotel just 50 paces away from us, as the traffic built up (See Picture) for once the traffic cop’s were out and as a huge stretched limo came down the hill to turn into the High street for the happy couple, the traffic cop on the bike had a word with the driver of the limo and there was, no chance he was going along the High Street, so someone got upset for a bit I suppose but they got there wedding photos with glorious sunshine and the Bridge with the Queen Mary II alongside not many places in the world with such a backdrop for such a photograph eh!


Traffic on the High Street around 3 o' clock in the afternoon.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Forth Road Bridge which is just to the West of the Rail Bridge.
At low tide.
As it came time to close the shop for the day, most of the passengers were making there way back to the ship, and the sun was beginning to drop in the sky.
The Queen Mary II was making her second visit to Edinburgh and surrounds as she was celebrating a Fifth birthday since being launched some of the passengers were telling us, although a real sight to see, in our humble opinion she still has some way to go to reach the same legendary status as her predecessor the ultimate fine looking and graceful Cunard Liner, Queen Elizabeth II (QE2).

Taken from Mobile phone as camera had run out of batteries, but you can see how smooth the sea was.
We hope all the visitors and passengers had a great day.