Monday, June 11, 2007

Fun Monday# 20 My kitchen

Joy at A Spot of T our host for today asked us to show our kitchens. If you head over there you will see the list of participants.

I have never really liked my kitchen and although it was the first room in the house to be renovated, that's now almost 21 years ago and so it is very dated. It was originally a small dingy room with orange formica units and there was a sliding door across the end of the kitchen which revealed a pink bathroom and you'll be horified when I tell this was a 'guest house' how they ever managed to pass health checks or to cook in it beats me. We knocked out the bathroom to give more space but I was still left with a galley style kitchen which does not have a lot of counter space and is cramped if more than two people try and work in there. It is also very difficult to photograph!
The kitchen faces North so its very cold and never gets any sun and this is the view.
You may have noticed the scales sitting on the unit, I don't use these often because Sam bought me new electronic scales. Tucked into this corner alongside my hob I keep storage jars, grinder and a bread maker (amongst other things).
Just out of view in the main picture I have all my cookery books at the last count I had over 80 and as you can see my more recent ones are just tucked alongside the microwave, which is even older than the kitchen, and could not be fitted into a unit. (No I would not part with it old and ugly as it may be it's very reliable). I really need to sort out the cookery books and get rid of some -oh but this is soo hard to do as many of them hold memories of the girls cooking as kids.
On top of the cupboards I display my stone jars- well not exactly display because you cannot really see them and all they do is gather dust but I like them and I get up there a couple of times a year and thoroughly clean it all- and this has reminded me it's due a clean anytime now. This stone hot waterbottle is a relic of my childhood. No central heating then and my mother used to wrap this in an old pillowcase to stop it burning my feet. I'm showing the oil jar because it really belongs to Sam and she left it here when she moved to San Fransisco so this is just to show her it's still here.
This is one of four majolica tiles depicting the seasons that I have decorating the walls (more examples of decorative tiles can be found here). This last view is of the breakfast room which leads off the kitchen and is where you would have to sit while I prepare the coffee and cakes!!
I'm looking forward to visiting everyone else for coffee so see you soon.

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47 Comments:

At 11/6/07 12:05, Blogger theotherbear said...

Those old scales are just lovely. I can see why you kept them out for display even though you have modern ones in the cupboard!

 
At 11/6/07 12:33, Blogger mjd said...

I am sitting with my coffee as I read this post in your kitchen. I am enjoying your stone jars, your lovely cabinets, and the view out the window. Thank you for the visit.

 
At 11/6/07 12:35, Blogger Beccy said...

I can see more counter space than usual!!!

P.S. You should see the balcony and views we're eating from!

 
At 11/6/07 12:46, Blogger ChrisB said...

theotherbear why thank you (they are not wholly ornamental as embee still uses them as he can't manage the electronic ones!!)

mjd I'm lifting my coffee cup to you as I type.

beccy are you sure it's not clever photography (no I confess I tidied up a bit)!!
You are making me jealous with your views etc.

 
At 11/6/07 12:57, Blogger Asha said...

Your kitchen looks nice.Enough for two ppl ,cozy!My kitchen has to go soon,it's pretty old.I know it is hard to photograph kitchen and dining room for some reason!!
Have a fun Monday.I have got 3 appointments to keep today,busy!:))

 
At 11/6/07 13:36, Blogger Tiger Lamb Girl said...

Wow, those cupboards really do look like the ones that were previously in my kitchen. But, somehow they look really nice in your kitchen -- when they didn't seem to 'fit' mine. I think it's because we're in an old farmhouse --- and I think old farmhouses need traditional cupboards (which is just what I'm having made).

I LOVE the stone jars! I think I know what my new obsession is going to be. Auctions, car-boot sales, etc....here I come;).

 
At 11/6/07 13:37, Blogger Tiger Lamb Girl said...

Oh and I love the old scale.........if you don't want it anymore I'd be happy to take it off your hands, lolol.

 
At 11/6/07 14:12, Anonymous nikki said...

I love your cabinets and the tile is GORGEOUS!

 
At 11/6/07 14:38, Anonymous Lisa said...

Chris- Is that the balcony from your last post? Lucky you to have such a nice windowsill for plants and herbs.
Even though that large window faces north, you still seem to have some nice light from it.
I'll be right over for coffee!

 
At 11/6/07 15:06, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

I love the old scales -

You have TONS of cupboard space! I think they look great! (My kitchen gets too dark sometimes too - but its due to the dark wood)

 
At 11/6/07 15:38, Blogger ChrisB said...

asha hope you get through your appointments without any hitches : )

tigger lamb girl stone jars would be just perfect in a farm house kitchen (envy envy)

nikki thank you

lisa the one pot on the windowsill in the photo is salad leaves which is nice because you can pick it fresh. Yes that little balcony is the one I wrote about yesterday. I'll put the kettle on :)

karmy don't you find however much space you hav efor storage you still need more- hence beccy's comment about work surfaces!!

 
At 11/6/07 15:39, Blogger ChrisB said...

sorry 'karmyn'

 
At 11/6/07 15:44, Blogger john.g. said...

I notice all the stone jars have/had booze in them!! Lovely kitchen .

 
At 11/6/07 15:56, Blogger Sally Lomax said...

I like your kitchen. We used to have a galley style kitchen witha breakfast room off it in our last house, and I liked that!

 
At 11/6/07 16:01, Blogger Sam said...

I remember the old stone hot water bottle being used for me and my also trying not to burn my feet on it.

I had forgotten all about the Carluccio jug though.

 
At 11/6/07 16:01, Anonymous Joy T. said...

Your kitchen is fabulous! Especially if there's cake in it :o) Love the old stone jars and the decorative tile is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, I can smell the coffee from here!

 
At 11/6/07 16:32, Blogger Beckie said...

You're kitchen looks warm and inviting. Coffee and Cake - what time did you want me to be over?

Have a Fun Monday!

 
At 11/6/07 17:13, Blogger Tiggerlane said...

The tiles are my favorite - so pretty!

 
At 11/6/07 17:34, Anonymous ktjrdn said...

Wow. you can see that you actaully use your kitchen for more than just the microwave. :)

 
At 11/6/07 17:45, Blogger Emma in Canada said...

Chris, you've a fantastic kitchen! I love your cabinets. I was expecting dreary from what you had said, and it is not at all.

 
At 11/6/07 18:37, Anonymous Christine said...

What a wonderful stone jar collection you have, and your tile is gorgeous.
I have a lot of cook books too, but not stored near as neat as yours!
Thanks for inviting us to have a cup of coffee at your table. :)

 
At 11/6/07 18:43, Blogger Amy W said...

As usual, you have the coolest stuff! I love your cabinets...

 
At 11/6/07 19:32, Blogger Melanie said...

You have a beautiful kitchen! I love the color of your cabinets!

 
At 11/6/07 20:16, Blogger Debbie said...

I think your kitchen is verry homey. Love the scales and jars. I enjoyed reading about the stone jar your mom filled with hot water. And your table seems like such a cozy place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee.

 
At 11/6/07 21:14, Blogger ChrisB said...

john trust you to notice that!! :)

sally lengthwise its Ok I just wish it was wider

sam the stone hot waerbottle is a collectable now

joy it's funny you should mention cake well tea bread actually I might just post about it!!

beckie I serve all day :)

tiggerlane after so long I hardly notice them but often visitors comment


ktjrdn just a bit of cooking is done there!!

emma I think it might look better in the picture than for real it is darkish and we often need the light on throughout the day.


christine confession I did just tidy the cookery books up a bit before taking the picture :)

amy thank you but they are so dated now and are quite worn in places which doesn't show in the picture.

melanie the colour has deepened over the years they are actually meant to be light oak

debbie glad you like them but I'm a bit of a hoarder really and have far to many bits and bobs scattered around the house- keeping everything clean is a problem I should go minimalist!

 
At 11/6/07 21:17, Blogger my4kids said...

I like your kitchen it is more up to date then mine by far though! I think the cabinets are pretty and the stone jars are cool. My mother would love those, in my house they would get broken. I will have my post up later today but will probably be morning for you!

 
At 11/6/07 21:38, Blogger Sabrina said...

Your kitchen is great!!! Seems very light and airy!!! Loved the stone jars!

 
At 11/6/07 21:40, Blogger Julie said...

Your kitchen doesn't look out of date and certainly not 21 years old! The stone jars are super cool.

 
At 11/6/07 21:45, Blogger frannie said...

I love your kitchen! it is lovely! it doesn't look dated and it doesn't look small either. it looks perfect.

 
At 11/6/07 22:21, Blogger ChrisB said...

my4kids the stone jars are pretty sturdy and in my kitchen they are well out of reach so I have no worries about breakage I'll come and see yours tomorrow.

sabrina and julie I'm amazed that the stone jars are getting so much atttention; more than I ever give them!!

frannie you are too kind. I think if you saw it for real you would understand what I mean.

 
At 11/6/07 23:11, Blogger JennieBoo said...

I like your antiques and all of your cookbooks. I collect cookbooks, too!

Happy Monday!

See you next week!

Blessings

 
At 11/6/07 23:13, Blogger Barbara said...

It's just how I imagine a typical English kitchen. I'd like to come for coffee when both Sam and Beccy are there.And I hope Granny will join us.

 
At 11/6/07 23:21, Blogger ChrisB said...

Hi jennieboo nice to see you. I'm not sure that I consciously collect cook books I get a lot given me as presents and I have a lot of old ones that belonged to my grandmother.

barbara I can't think of anything I'd enjoy more :)

 
At 12/6/07 00:34, Blogger The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

I love that you have a window over your sink. I have no window in my kitchen and it is small small small!

 
At 12/6/07 02:04, Blogger Pamela said...

I'm on my way....I wish... coffee tea... whatever you're serving.
lovely...simple and lovely.

 
At 12/6/07 04:11, Anonymous gawilli said...

I held on to my old microvawe until it bit the dust. It was very roomy and I knew just what to push to get what I wanted. I was so sad when it got hauled to the curb. The first replacement didn't last a year. We are on the second replacement now. It has so many bells and whistles I cannot keep up with it.

I have never seen a stone hot waterbottle. You learn something new every day. Thanks for that!

 
At 12/6/07 06:40, Blogger Steffi said...

Very nice kitchen.Our kitchen is really time to renovate again.I need a "new face" of my kitchen.

 
At 12/6/07 12:08, Anonymous H said...

You've got a lovely kitchen. I think the scales and stone jars are really nice.

 
At 12/6/07 12:58, Blogger ChrisB said...

wendy I have never lived in a house that didn't have a window over the kitchen sink -don't think I would like it.

pamela come join us! :)

gawilli- they don't make appliances to last any more;my first ever dishwasher bit the dust after about 13 years the replacement about 6 years and when I was buying a new one about a year ago and was complaining in the store; the guy laughed and said I was lucky it lasted that long !?!?

steffi- but I think my kitchen needs a face lift after 21 years/

h- glad you like them and to think I nearly didn't highlight them!!

 
At 12/6/07 13:13, Blogger Jodi said...

I just love the majolica tile!!

 
At 12/6/07 16:42, Blogger ChrisB said...

hi jodi thanks for dropping over; the four tiles (different seasons) just seem to match my kitchen so well.

 
At 12/6/07 18:03, Blogger Debs said...

I love your kitchen. The jars are so neat and love the old scales. Thanks for sharing :)

 
At 12/6/07 20:41, Blogger Deborah said...

You have a beautiful kitchen Chris. I love the scales and jars. You are as bad as me with cookbooks! :-)

 
At 12/6/07 21:31, Blogger ChrisB said...

debs this has been brilliant getting a peep into so many different kitchens:)

deborah I bet you use your cook books more than I do! as you may realise it's my daughters who are the real cooks in this family ! :)

 
At 13/6/07 17:57, Blogger elena jane said...

what a wonderful kitchen you have! i love your stone jars and scales! :-)

 
At 15/6/07 17:14, Anonymous Robin (pensieve) said...

Chris...THIS was a nice visit...as you might have noticed, I've been relatively absent in the blogosphere lately. Today, I'm binging! TRYING to read as many FM posts as possible before heading out to run errands.

Interesting to me that you said your kitchen was dark; perhaps because of the colors, it photographed cheerily :).

All the little details you included were very interesting--the scales, dozens of cookbooks :), majolica tiles, stone jars and especially the stone water bottle (I never heard of that before).

Perhaps soon I'll be able to get back to more blog hopping...I can hope, anyway :).

 
At 15/6/07 18:18, Blogger ChrisB said...

Hi Robin nice to hear from you; I had to pick the lightest part of the day to get the photo; I was actually surprised how bright it looked on the photo, it's a bit misleading really!! Stone hot water bottles are collectable now, but I think there are probably masses around in the uk.

 

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