last weekend, after I had cleaned the kitchen benches - dutch husband decided that he would pull the kitchen out in readiness for the new one. And he is the expert on that - he has been designing and creating kitchens for nearly 30yrs..
[the plumber and the kitchen wiz - deep in thought]
luckily we have Chris the plumber pretty much on call for this - so he popped in to disconnect the kitchen taps and to give dutch husband a hand to pull the cupboards out.. and what a lovely thing we found..
remember the dishwasher flooding episode? We discovered the reason for the leaking dishwasher.. a rat had made its home under the washer and had decided that the plastic hose might make a good meal.. and had chewed the whole hose in half.. not only that but the electrical cable had been chewed as well, leaving live wires exposed to water.. not a good combination and it turns out that we could have been electrocuted.. thank Heavens for the angels at Villa Maria. so another hot water, sunlight soap and scrubbing brush task for me to do..
the new outlets for our taps.. whenever they go in.. a few weeks maybe.
during the week we went looking for a new stove & I was getting quite despondent about leaving my stove at Inglewood.. they are very expensive now and too big for our kitchen at Villa Maria.. after looking at a few places - and not so helpful salesmen.. at our last stop.. I just blurted out to the sales woman what i had & how I was going to miss it.. - funnily enough, she had one very similar - cast iron & enamel but only half the size. one and half ovens, 5 gas burners, separate grill. perfect. [took a woman to understand] so we ordered ours in black and it should be here in a week or so.
that does not mean I will have a fully functioning kitchen. no. the cupboards will be in but the granite tops will be a week or so. Plus, we don't have gas connected which could take weeks.. all of this equals: no sink/water/taps to wash up & no hotplates to cook on. will it be takeaway pizza? ... things will work out.
and this is how I spend most of my time at Villa Maria when I am inside.. socks and thongs.. a very attractive look, yes.. but easy to slip my thongs off when I want to walk on my scrubbed floor boards. you see, I don't wear shoes inside. so if you ever come to visit.. that is one thing I will ask you to do: remove shoes before entering. come inside, sit and be at peace.
leave your worries at the door