A few weeks ago, we had some new windows put in. D decided to inject some colour into the space and put up some wooden 'floating shelves'. This room is actually supposed to be a conservatory, but it hardly gets any sun, so we decided between the two of us it would be an extension of the kitchen.
This extended kitchen space is looking even more awesome now, as I have got to showcase some of our hard earned kitchenalia from years gone, including Tierra Negra pots, Fairtrade tea cups and saucers from Natural Collection. Some Le Creuset soup bowls with lid (all on the top shelf), as well as many unbranded kitchen gifts from from family and friends.
Here is a picture of the extended kitchen space with a breakfast table for two (on the left) looking out onto the garden. D has been loving this aspect of the space, as he will come down with his ipad, make himself a black coffee and gaze out at the birds on the feeder.
Some of you may remember last year we purchased a grocers wooden crate fruit vegetable stand (right at the back in the photograph above) as I wanted something to stack my collection of storage glass jars. Some Kilner, some LaParfait some and some up-cycled coffee jars all holding lentils, rice, flours, spices and other dried foods.
Here is my charcoal Magimix that D got me well over a decade ago when we lived in Glasgow. He got it for me for Christmas. I have a photograph of me unwrapping it. I am ashamed to say that I have hardly used it as I tend to do everything with my hands, but I will make more of an effort.
We went to a place called Ledbury a few weeks ago and stumbled across a shop selling old and new nick nacks. We saw this cereal and dry food dispenser. As we tend to buy a lot of our dried goods in bulk like beans and lentils, I couldn't resist it, it was a affordable bargain price. Some girls and boys come back with new shoes, I go to a new town and come back with a piece for the kitchen. I feel ever so posh now. I have pasta, dried fruit, rolled oats and rice in it so far.
Tiffany style tea-cup lamp. If you look at the first photograph, you will also see a Tiffany style tea-pot lamp. I love these. D got them for me when we moved back to Wales. He does love me very much.
Some storage jars. I picked these up for 50p each at a Car Boot Sale. They compliment others that I have at home with olives, herbs and spices.
This is a 'Teapot for Two'. It compliments the 'Tea for One' Teapot I was given a few years back by a work colleague for my Birthday.
This grasshopper plant holder has featured on my blog before, but not with the succulent plants, that i picked up to put on the new window sill in the extended kitchen space.
I have also featured this ceramic bird ornament with a tomato on its head. I am showing it off again because I love it so much, especially the various vegetables on its belly. We got it from Bruge in Belgium, now it has pride of place (see first photograph) where it can be enjoyed by all who see it.
By the way, we have two new neighbours. One moved in a month ago, and the other early this week. One of our elderly neighbours passed away last year and the family put the house on the market and it sold pretty quickly. The other neighbours had gone overseas and rented their place out for over four years, they came back in March and put their place up for sale, it also sold within the week. So we have two new neighbours. The one new neighbour that moved in a couple of months ago has a dog and four chickens. She gave us some eggs which is my only food offering this month for In My Kitchen. Of course, I repayed the compliment and gave her some rhubarb and some courgettes. I am hoping the newest neighbour who moved in this week with her two dogs will be just as nice, but I am a little unsure about her. I am hoping to be wrong.
I am sharing this blog post with Sherry Pickings for In My Kitchen series, its one of my favourite blog events to participate in as it gives us all an opportunity to take a peek into fellow bloggers kitchen world wide.