There's been less fuss about Tartan Week than we've seen in previous years, perhaps because Alex Salmond has been in China, where there's less Scottish diaspora, so slightly less kitsch.
It's in North America that the celebration of the 6 April anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath brings on an annual outbreak of tartanalia. And that's where ministers have been more quietly flying the Saltire there over the past week.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Enterprise Minister Jim Mather have had separate visits to the United States, while Mike Russell, the new external affairs minister, has been in Canada.
In his travels round Ontario, Mr Russell has not only been learning what Toronto can teach Scotland in attracting film-shooting business, but he's been chatting to some local journalists too.
And some of the comments about Scotland's economic and banking sector make for provocative reading.
In Hamilton, we learn Mr Russell said: "I'm intrigued by the Canadian banking system. It's a prudent and Scottish model, but we haven't listened to ourselves."
The Toronto Star newspaper went for a particularly inane line of questioning:
Q: Have you heard of Toronto's Mike Myers?
A: Yes, he's great.
Q: What do you think of his send-ups of Scots?
A: It's quite good to laugh at ourselves. There are a lot of stereotypes in Scotland, like we allegedly have the capacity to drink beyond the normal person and we dress in these funny traditional clothes.
When those stereotypes are exaggerated it's very funny. If most Scots just read the material they would probably be offended, but it's all in the delivery and Mike Myers is very good at the delivery.
So Mike R diplomatically avoided offending anyone there.
But look what he was quoted as saying in Canada's National Post, when asked about the problems with Scotland's banks:
"Had Scotland been independent, I suspect the circumstances would have been different. You've got to remember that the Royal Bank was paying very substantial taxes to the UK Treasury. Had Scotland been independent, we'd have been a good deal wealthier. We would also have had a sovereign oil fund to support us. I don't think the collapse of RBS is in any sense an argument against independence. Indeed, it may be an argument for independence. I think we'd have been able to regulate things in a way that would have suited us better".
Like Ireland, for instance, Scotland's former role model as Celtic Tiger?