Wow, the weather has been woeful here in Gippsland! Your wouldn’t venture outside unless you absolutely have to. So we didn’t! Breakfast in the lounge, looking out at the rain, hail and wind. Not inviting to venture out at all.
This weekend has been a good opportunity to start preparing for when the back half of the house comes off. Forget the fact we haven’t yet got a date locked in, forget the fact we haven’t had council approval. I just had to do something that made me feel as though we are moving forward cause it sure as hell doesn’t feel like it. I am over the stinky old kitchen cupboards so what the hell? Off to that very large green shed to buy a couple of shelving systems. These things are very handy and once the reno is done they will be able to go in the shed/garage or be sold. Makes life easier at the moment and I need that.
The spare bedroom that had a robe in it that we’ve used as a pantry cupboard, has had the robe moved out to store other crap elsewhere, the bookshelves that were useless have been removed and we have put two sets of shelving in. One as a pantry storage and the other to take most of what has been in the revolting kitchen.
With these units set up it meant we could start removing some parts of the old kitchen. I suggested Mr ATMT hold back a bit as I’m not sure what gaping holes will be exposed if we just knock the lot down and with temperatures at minus 5 I’d sooner stay warm. We have a history of opening a bottle of something and becoming very creative with demolishing. As I age, I’m more cautious, so we’ve started with removing the doors and drawers first. Eeeew, it’s disgusting! The light is on in the ‘toy oven’ as I’m drying some of my sourdough starter as described by Celia. Seems to have worked pretty well. Why should I be surprised? Everything Celia does works well, she is one amazing lady!
I still managed to do a couple of bread bakes. I made pumpernickel
and a couple of loaves of Chad’s Robertson’s basic country loaf. These are 30% rye, 70% hydration and I’m happy with how they have worked.
For dinner tonight I made lamb kofta using Rick Stein’s recipe from his ‘India’ cook book. Served with a yoghurt, mint and cinnamon sauce and some home-made chappatis, it was a treat to just sit in front of the fire and enjoy. I must admit I found it a bit daunting thinking about what we actually have yet to do at this place. I’m sure a bit of sun will make it all seem a bit better.
I have to remind myself that this is meant to be a fun project, I’m not really feeling that at the moment. I do however, know that things could be a whole lot worse, a reality I’ve experienced way too close to home over the last couple of weeks. Although I’m grumpy and frustrated I do appreciate our good fortune in relation to health and family. With a bit of luck the wind will drop, the sun will come out and I’ll be able to get outside tomorrow.
9 Replies to “Winter doldrums so let’s get cracking inside!”
Maree, I am amazed you can cook anything in the circumstances. As always, your bread looks lovely.
Thanks Glenda. I think keeping on with cooking makes me think I still have some control!
Such a beautiful sitting room, such a revolting kitchen. Yin and Yang. Things will change and the journey will be interesting as well as frustrating I am sure.
About those Bunning shelves- they are so useful. When I moved into my current house, I found a useless pantry space but around the corner and through another door was a huge laundry. I keep thinking one day that I might break through the kitchen wall into that laundry.So the laundry has become a ‘Larder and those Bunnings shelves are in there with spare kitchen gear, jams, potatoes, stored garlic, and wine. Those shelves are a great investment and an excellent stop gap measure during the reno.
I love your old house and look forward to further instalments.
LOL, yes Ying & Yang! Just hope it’s not another 2 1/2 years set up in the bedroom. Think my patience is beyond that.
I hope you have a trusted builder who does your job, doesn’t race off to another 10 jobs at the same time, or spend half the day on the mobile phone!
Oh god, don’t even go there! Is there such a beast? If so please give me their details 🙂 Hopefully the bloke we are going with is ok. He’s done quite a bit and is very experienced with old homes. So far reliable, which is why we haven’t sought many quotes just looking for the cheapest. Sometimes service comes at a price 🙂
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Your sitting room looks gorgeous with all those windows. The progress may be small but it looms to be coming sling a little. The bread looks incredible as always!