Friday, 5 May 2017

Cold Kitchen







First day, last month of Spring: 
Even the rain seems pretty, falling to fresh leaves, caught on bright petals; a water veil draping us. Dog has been hose-piped and rain-rinsed and still a trace of spilt wine sits on her shoulders. She cares not. 

The house is cold, a little in mourning - our way of life having shifted lately, with the demise of the Rayburn. One morning at 3am the carbon monoxide alarm sent its shrill noise upstairs; at a more civilised hour the chimney man came, and it couldn’t be fixed.
I thought Rayburns lived forever.
Alas!

So now we wait for the landlord to do sums and calculate an acceptable replacement. Most likely a wood burner will arrive, fingers crossed it will have a back boiler and heat our water too.

Meanwhile we have pulled the pillow draught-catcher out of the front room flue, lit the tiny open grate each evening.
Meanwhile we are using an electric oven, which ought to seem more convenient - but the Rayburn was always lit, there was none of this waiting for warmth. 
Things ferment half paced in an unheated house.

Meanwhile, in the polytunnel, a jungle of sprouting shoots wriggle under the weighty scent of flowering lime, a fat frog patrols for slugs. Down in the garden, raised beds are fixed with new walls, onion leaves spike, wild strawberries climb everywhere.






4 comments:

  1. Your meditation on the cold kitchen and the long serving Rayburn leaves me with a warm heart.

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  2. "...we have pulled the pillow draught-catcher out of the front room flue..." I know poetry when I read it and love how you write. Best hopes the Rayburn will get an efficient and safe replacement. We heated this old farmhouse with a castiron stove for 30 years but have turned to electric radiators as my woodcutting stamina has declined --still, the battery is kept fresh in the CO detector, so important. Polytunnel is well-organized and productive --my compliments on your gardening skills. And soon, another summer --yay!

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    1. Gardening and writing compliments received with hint of smugness and large grin. Stoves are marvellous, change necessary - glad you are CO alert too! May your summer be not too droughty :-)

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