Patra's Other Place
I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)
- Name: Gina E.
- Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia
I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Day One of the reno.
These pictures show the gradual destruction of the kitchen - cupboards pulled away from walls.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Goodbye, Beloved Kitchen.
I cooked bacon, eggs and tomato.
The chips were baked in my old faithful Westinghouse Bordelaise model oven,
This may be the last lot of dishes I will ever wash by hand...ha ha! I seriously doubt that; I've been handwashing dishes for so long it is going to be hard to break the habit.
Why on earth did I get talked into getting a new stainless steel sink?? I have never seen a new one as big as mine; my new sink will be two bowls as I wanted, but one is smaller than the other, and there is only one side piece on the right, not on each side like this vintage sink. Damn damn damn...it's too late to change my mind, the cupboards have already been made up to accomodate the new sink.
After tea, Ken helped me pack up what was left in the cupboards. He commented that the kitchen even sounds empty, sort of echoing when we talk.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Weather vane in our yard.
In Aisle 23 we asked another staff member who showed us the electronic weather stations, and we said no, we wanted an old fashioned weather vane. The bloke shrugged and turned away, but another customer standing nearby pointed down the end of the aisle and said "There they are, on the left hand side". And so they were. We had walked right past them - a pile of boxes on the floor with a big sign "Clearance items - $19".
So Ken got his weather vane, and it is now perched on top of the aviaries (the highest point in our back yard) and the rooster on his arrow will now tell us in which direction the wind is blowing. Wow.
This photo makes it look silver, but it is actually dark brown aged metal look, and only looks light in this photo because the sun was shining on it.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Packing up the kitchen.
Here is what we have packed so far, all in the spare room at the other end of the house. I couldn't bear the thought of all this sitting on the floor in the dining or lounge rooms, even only for a few days, so it is out of the way up here and we won't be tripping over anything if we get up in the middle of the night.
I had a hard time choosing what to keep and what to get rid of. Glenda was a great help with that - she could see everything from an objective point of view, and was able to suggest that I get rid of certain things that I might otherwise have been tempted to keep, such as four sandwich trays when I already have another six. And two glass salad bowls when I have another three. Two teapots when I have another four. Jelly moulds that I will never use, and countless bowls and plates that have been used and loved for too many years to want to keep them any longer.
Tomorrow I will be going to the opshop to pick up some more boxes, and on Wednesday I'll be packing what is left in the cupboards, except the pantry. I'll leave that until Friday night because I'll still be cooking meals until then, and will need food from the pantry. We are going out for dinner with friends on Saturday and Sunday nights, and I hope to persuade Ken to go to Eltham and have breakfast and lunch at some of our lovely cafes on those days!
This load will be going to the opshop:
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Great changes coming.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Now for some GOOD news!
As soon as I hung up the phone, I called Harvey Norman Floors to book a time for them to come out again after the new kitchen is in place, so we can decide on the colour and pattern of the new floor. They will be here on Tuesday the 27th. I love it when everything falls into place like this!
So now, I have to start packing up everything in our kitchen. I've been collecting boxes and plastic bins from our opshop and have a huge pile in the spare bedroom. I'm hoping to be able to cull the contents of the cupboards and take a lot of stuff to the opshop that I haven't used for years. I know it's there, but I just needed this shove to make me get rid of it! I've been given some lovely gifts by friends to start off with, and that will motivate me to get rid of the older stuff too. Cheryl gave me this gorgeous timber hand carved cheeseboard that she got made just for me!
I also received a pair of glass jars with ceramic roosters on the top from Louise, for my birthday. No photo to post, but once everything is in its new home, there will be lots of pix!!
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Facebook the ultimate nightmare.
I have not got time to chat online with all the other people, even though I would be delighted to TALK to friends and family on the phone, or even SEE them in person if they agreed, but most of them seem to prefer Facebook relationships now. I've just wasted hours yesterday and today trying to navigate Facebook and set it up the way I want it with just one 'friend' but in doing so I must have clicked on some people that I know in real life, and now I'm getting all their stuff on my page. I think...well it's weird, all over the place, and I don't want it. I need someone to sit with me and sort it out, but they are all too busy 'messaging' each other...blaaaaahh.