Hideous unearthings....

Saturday, 20 February 2010
Yesterday my trusty old Rayburn left my kitchen. He has been a part of our lives for so very long that I was more than a little heartbroken as we dragged him out of the front door on a carpet. My babies have all been bathed in front of his warmth, countless nappies have hung to dry on the airer fitted above him, and over the years the clothes have grown bigger and bigger.... countless millions of teapots full of steaming tea have revived me, and a similar amount of fruit cakes plucked from the depths of his oven have filled our tummies at tea time....
BUT as you all know, Ray has been superceeded by a younger imposter, the current matt black Rayburn MF installed in another part of the kitchen. A HUGE pot of Chicken Tikka Masala made with organic free range chicken bought at a local farmers market this very morning is bubbling in his oven as I type....
He was rolled on metal bars out onto the front porch and then into the old tractors front loader bucket ready for an outing to the shed. I cant part with him, and who knows, maybe one of our own children will need him one day to dry their babies in front of...
And so I am now left with a very dirty wall, hence the hideous unearthings! It was 2 foot high in dust! You cant really move a rayburn and sweep behind that easy so I never did...! Could I find that colour paint in the vast supply of half used paint tins? Yes! Excitement! Opened up tin, black, rusty, mouldy, seperated paint, utter disappointment.... I found a much lighter colour with half its contents in usable order so that colour had to do. Its called soft sand. Ive painted the wall twice now but Mr Fairysteps had to fill the chimney flue hole so Ive got to wait for it to dry before going forward.
My little hotty wotty botty hanging cupboard looks good against the new colour. Ive dragged a nice oak cupboard downstairs ready to sand and paint. I found a tin of Crown period colour, eggshell finish in a beautiful shade called 'bonnet'. My salvaged pine dresser top will be fitted on the wall above and I can have my egg cups back by the cooker. I may even move the tea things over here, mmm, theres a thought...


More pictures as it all takes shape.....

2 comments

  1. Oooh, that is a grotty job, I don't envy you doing that!
    I love the pic of your hot water bottles - we shouted 'snap', as I have a little spice cupboard on my kitchen wall with all our hot water bottles hanging from the bottom of it, just like yours!

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  2. Hi Ren, what a clever pair you are. Your house must be so individual and cosy I just know it! I love the thought of drying babies in the kitchen, how lovely. I miss having babies sometimes. Only sometimes mind ;)

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