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Virginia and Leonard were settling into Monk's House quite happily.

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Virginia and Leonard were settling into Monk's House quite happily.
Virginia had not had any more "Lavender"turns and the warm panelling and bookshelves seemed to envelop her in a happy embrace. The kitchen, though small, seemed to come to life with the addition of fresh vegetables and cleansing products. Unfortunately Virginia's inability to eat, due to a complete lack of interest in food , made the kitchen not such a hub of activity that might have been expected. She had taken cooking lessons in 1914 and had managed, quite memorably, to cook her wedding ring within a suet pudding at that time. However, she did have a rare talent for making wonderful bread.
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9 Comments

Jan
6:06 AM on October 20, 2017 
So nice it's all there and no one was tempted to strip it of the original fittings.
Rosemary
5:39 AM on October 20, 2017 
I can't claim much credit for this lovely little kitchen - all made by someone in the 1930's and I have just re-glued some bits and added a few touches.
It seems very small and I feel rather clumsy with it after 12th.
Jan
5:05 AM on October 20, 2017 
Gulp! Must agree this is a sweet kitchen, all your dressers are amazing of course but the larder in here suits the room then the window and everything is so charming.
Rosemary
3:44 AM on October 15, 2017 
The incident of the wedding ring was true event.
Zoe H
10:55 AM on October 13, 2017 
I would echo all the sentiments expressed by Brooksey and Edel about the kitchen and its details. It's too small to be a hub but I think any new cook will find it to be a charming little sanctuary.

I love all the amusing details in your dialogue.
Edel
8:58 AM on October 12, 2017 
I love this tiny kitchen, especially the quarry tiles on the floor which are like those in the lovely 1930s house I grew up in (since bought by morons who "victorianised" most of its lovely Bauhaus features).
Brooksey
5:30 PM on October 11, 2017 
Rosemary says...
I don't think pizza was around in England in these Greconville times so Leonard will have to hire a cook or starve - a Mrs Louie Mayer is to be interviewed tomorrow.The teapot must be identical to yours, solid cast but very nice and small.

The renovation of the draining board was easy, but drawn out, because every stage involved the application of some substance or other each of which needed 12 hours drying before the next stage could be carried out - thank goodness for pizza, because we don't have a fish and chip shop nearby!

I must have bought the teapot in 1992. I didn't keep records then, so I don't know where I got it, nor what I paid for it, though it won't have been much. My guess is that it may have come from either a dolls house and gifts shop called Lovin' Givin' which used to be in Marple Bridge, near Stockport, or Hilary Swallow's Fiddly Bits, which used to be in Knutsford. I only ever made one visit each to these two shops, but bought a number of interesting bits and pieces from each one, back in the early 1990s.

That's such a lovely little cottage kitchen window, and the curtains are just right! Its deep sill couldn't be better for holding the washing powder packets. (The Wolfs definitely need a cook/housekeeper though. Fancy keeping that packet of tea where it could get both damp and be tainted by the scent of the soap powder - especially when there's plenty of room for the tea in that nice built-in larder cupboard!).
Rosemary
12:03 PM on October 11, 2017 
I don't think pizza was around in England in these Greconville times so Leonard will have to hire a cook or starve - a Mrs Louie Mayer is to be interviewed tomorrow.The teapot must be identical to yours, solid cast but very nice and small.
Brooksey
8:24 AM on October 11, 2017 
What a perfect little period kitchen it is! I love the old rush-seated chairs. Veronica has a little Brown Betty teapot like this one in No 50's kitchen. Mine is cast metal, all in one piece, but looks very effective. It was one of the first miniatures I ever bought - it was in the Shuker's cottage, until theirs was upgraded to an Avon china one with removable lid and patent spout! The wooden draining board is very similar to the one in my real-life kitchen, which has just been renovated and treated to re-oiling and waxing. We've lived on bought pizza for week, to limit washing-up whilst it was being done!

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