Having cleared my desk of work and with the house in as much order as it’s likely to be in for the time being, I decided to spend a couple of hours exploring Beith’s high street to see what it had to offer. My one previous encounter with the high street was a brief visit on Saturday lunchtime when I took a parcel of finished brooches down for posting, only to discover that the post office was only open from 7:30am to 10:30am each day! That’s quite a change from what I’m used to!
What the high street lacks in big name shops, it makes up for in character. Many of the buildings date back to the early 1800’s, including the bright pink Town House. Built by public subscription in 1817, it’s served as an ironmongers, a prison, a courthouse, a public meeting room, and most recently as a museum of local history run by the Beith Cultural and Historical Society.
The few shops that populate the high street are wee gems – definitely a case of quality over quantity. My favourite find was the Beith Christian Action Group Thrift Shop; a bit of a mouthful but an absolute treasure trove of goodies! Amongst other things I got a brand new, still wrapped set of eight Douglas Adams books for two pounds, and I also picked up this lovely print for three pounds to re-frame and put in the spare room.
I love the loose watercolour sketch style of it, and the muted monochrome tones fit perfectly with our grey and white colour scheme.
I got quite a surprise when I opened up the frame and saw the edges of the print – it wasn’t always grey and white!
It makes me wonder if the previous owners noticed it fading, or if they even remembered that used to be more colourful. Thankfully I’m perfectly happy with the faded version of it. It’ll be our little secret.