Putting on the Ritz

We took part in another Furnace Village Quiz the other week and we came second. Woo! (And I have to say that those questions weren’t easy!)

Anyway, on Zoom we meet a young woman who works for the British Red Cross charity shop in Inverarary- “one of our daughter’s favourite shops”, John said.

We love a charity shop. I do because I like to collect pieces of China and crystal, particularly plates, dishes, and glass jugs that I can use in Powdermills Bed and Breakfast near Inveraray.

I have collected quite a few items over our time here from local charity shops. Shops such as Mary’s Meals in Lochgilphead, the British Red Cross in Lochgilphead and Inveraray and The Clocktower, aka The Ritz in Ardrishaig. The Clocktower is a classic junk shop. I can spend hours in there searching for items large and small. I have picked up many a china dish, pieces of silver plate, novelty spoons and jugs. I love this shop and often wonder about the pieces’ backstories. John always comments that I love a backstory. The Clocktower’s backstory is that it used to be a cafe and the over lockdown the current owners restored its original facade, which you can see in the photograph – The Ritz. And did you hear that a chap who bought a small tea pot from a junk shop has discovered that it is a Chinese heirloom and worth over £300,000. Amazing.

Anyway, John has just completed more pages to add to our Guest Information book, which includes What to Do in the area. It runs to 14 days worth of activity.

I think that I’ll add a visit to The Ritz as Day 15.