Relatives have been expressing curiosity about our kitchen arrangement. So, as promised, here are a few photos of where we cook now. We still don’t have warm water outside the cellar, and the spot where we will ultimately install a proper kitchen is still buried under a pile of boxes, and this isn’t likely to change for another few months.
We have to cook somewhere, so we’ve put together a makeshift cooking area in the former Garderobe of the church. We chose that room since it has a stone floor (not carpet), is next door to the toilet block where there’s water, and features firmly installed hat racks on the walls which can serve as shelves. We re-purposed an Ikea sideboard that used to be in our Vienna hallway as dish storage. A newly purchased Ikea glass-topped garden table provides the work surface.
The garden table was the first thing we purchased on the night we moved in to the church. Ikea closed for the night as we walked the trolley with the 50kg garden table to the car. After much heaving and huffing and puffing, we conceded that the box was just a couple of cm too big to fit in the car, no matter the orientation. We were left with not much of a choice: TheHighPriest drove the car home, and I took off on foot down the bike path into the cold dark night with the table and trolley. My long walk was uneventful, save for the rather puzzled look I got from a passing cyclist. (We did return the trolley the next morning). The frosted glass of the table is turning out to be a pretty good work surface – it’s relatively tough and quite easy to clean. We’re even considering something similar for our “real” kitchen in the future.
With the hotchpotch of different furniture and supplies, together with the open shelving, our little temporary kitchen isn’t exactly stylish, or even particularly neat, but it will do. In particular, the hat racks and the stained glass of the windows really clash. I’ve tried to pull the look together by emphasizing colors that match the hat racks. The space isn’t easy to photograph since there’s so much going on, but hopefully these images will give some sense of how we have improvised.
What follows are random detail shots of stuff in the kitchen that I took mostly for photography practice.
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