Friday, November 5, 2010

Home, home on the Range..

Still no sign of a baby appearing downstairs! I know he's now overdue by 10 days, and my neighbour is keeping quite calm, but how odd that there has been no real sign of his arrival as yet! Or maybe not - I'm sure he will pop out when he's ready (though "pop" is probably not quite how one would describe it).

I'm beginning to believe that his arrival is going to coincide with the start of work on my new kitchen! This is still 10 days away, and we were hoping that by the time it started (with all the banging, dust, dirt and noise) he would be well and truly here and getting semi-settled. Ah well, the best laid plans etc.. The total bummer is that I have promised to prepare meals and help with babysitting, whatever is needed really during his first month. The babysitting won't be a problem, but for three weeks I won't have anywhere to cook, do washing or anything, as all my kitchen stuff will be packed away and my old kitchen will hopefully have been bought by someone. I have advertized it on Gumtree (including the range cooker) and have had a few good responses. And I have ordered my new appliances: gas cooker, dishwasher and fridge freezer. I'm keeping my existing washing machine as it's not very old and in good shape (I hope I don't regret saying that). I'm not having a fitted kitchen - I have decided to use my lovely old pieces of furniture and be completely un-fitted. I'm having the walls clad with tongue and groove,(painted a soft Farrow & Ball grey), a Belfast sink, solid oak worktops, an old-fashioned radiator, open shelves with baskets on them, a small table and chairs, and painted wooden floorboards. It's the kitchen I have been dreaming of for many years, and I finally decided to just get on with it. Not only that, but at last I will be able to have everything within reach (the old cupboards were far too high - designed and fitted by a bloke of course). I've taken before photographs, and will take some more during and after the works, so I might even be able to upload them for you to see. Can't wait!

I ordered my appliances online, after going up to Curry's to look at them; I don't really see how anyone could choose a cooker or fridge-freezer without seeing them first. Anyway, I did the same with my Belfast sink - Homebase had one but couldn't (or wouldn't) be specific about delivery. Much better service online - and free delivery - and I reckon I saved about £200.

There are fireworks going off outside as I sit here, but it's a foul night with blustery winds and rain, so I don't feel as if I'm missing much. Grandson is tucked up in bed, and that's where I'm heading:-)


auntiegwen said...

Ooh, a new kitchen is top of my wish list. I'll look forward to the kitchen porn pics :) xx

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Hi aunntiegwen, lovely of you to drop by. I'm so looking forward to the new kitchen and will do my best to delight you with photos, M xx

aims said...

I can hardly wait to see pictures of the new kitchen. A before and after will be just wonderful to see and then we can ooh and aah appropriately.

I've never heard of anyone selling their kitchen here. Sounds rather odd but must be quite normal over there. We call them stoves or ovens - not cookers. Funny isn't it?

Perhaps the new mom will let you cook in her own kitchen? Worth asking anyway. You are such a kind soul for offering. She must have been so relieved when you did.

Good luck with everything. It will all work out.

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Hi aims, yes I'm feeling very excited now. And I have actually sold the cooker (Stove to you :-)
so will hope the kitchen also goes in the next week as my builder starts next Monday (15th).
Actually, my neighbour did suggest I can cook in her kitchen as it will be company for her too! Baby is on the way as I type! M xxx

Donna said...

I can't Wait to see the photos Margot!! Should be Pretty!
Happy planning!

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Thank you Donna, fingers crossed!
Love M xxxx