The theme for this week's The Gallery requires visiting an area of the house that's going to get a lot of use over the next month, more than normal and culminating in either catastrophic chaos or a calm culinary corner away from glitz and sparkle:
This week's theme is: The Kitchen.
It can be food, or your corner of the kitchen, or something you particularly love in there, your apron, your favourite recipe book.
Growing up, we had a tiny kitchen. Little more than a galley, there was just about room for two people to stand either end as long as they didn't want to pass. For a household of six people, it was far from ideal, but as it was located in the first floor extension of a four-storey house which had been converted into maisonettes, there was little room for expansion.
When we bought this house I sighed wearily when I saw the size of the kitchen. We live in a 1950s ex-council, three-bedroom, semi-detached house and the kitchen, again, was woefully inadequate in comparison to the remainder of the house. However, we were lucky because we needed to do a fair amount of structural work to the property and so were able to create more space by knowing the hall cupboard and pantry out and joining them onto the kitchen.
I love the room now. It's big enough for several people to stand around in and chatter while I cook, there's plenty of workspace and cupboards, and on a day like today the sun streams through the south-facing window and sets the walls alight with am amber glow.
My kitchen is the place where this happens:
It's a place to show off these:
And, despite me always maintaining that I hated things on the fridge, it is now The Gallery in this house:
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