So this summer the addition of the new kitchen has felt like another 'luxury' to me, we now have space to be creative with our meals, spices and herbs on shelves and everything having it's own place..aaah, happiness. The new solar powered fridge/ freezer and gas cooker with double oven is also a great pleasure for me. I have realised that as a host to so many volunteers and guests the value of a good kitchen is immense, it is the Heart (h), it offers us all joy and gratitude around the dinner table. I find that the volunteers and guests have become more productive, enjoying the autonomy of a functional space, separate to all our personal living spaces.
The vegetable garden is placed close by so that the eventual plan is to have a Farm to Fork arrangement. The kitchen composting system in close union with the garden, a symbiotic relationship.
|This is our lovely new rustic kitchen|
|Originally we had this simple caravan awning 'kitted out' with a work surface, some shelves, a sink and cooker. After that it became the volunteer's kitchen for a couple of years. It was cold and damp in the winter, but it did the job.|
|The caravan has a had a paint job thanks to Claire Nichols, one of our volunteers.|
|Building the extension on the extension:) This is to protect the caravan from the elements but also to weather proof the kitchen.|
|A great way for some of our volunteers to get some experience with woodwork. Thanks Simeon, Miles and Sam.|
|Chrissy getting to work on the kitchen. Even though we had a small space to work with I wanted the space to feel contained and separate from the eating area. The 'bar area' works to do this.|
|Chrissy has used some our pine for work top, the interesting colour of the grain has been created due to moisture in the wood.|
|This panoramic shot shows the compactness of the kitchen. Also it shows the caravan sporting a funky paint job courtesy of Claire.|
|Exciting for me to see the progress. The outer shelves will be used for easy access for cups and plates. And I get to work on the sanding, which actually takes a lot of work, unfortunately I forgot to take photos of myself. |
|Chrissy with Brent and Babette, two very capable volunteers from Belgian who turned up spontaneously and have ended up staying for months!|
|Carrying the heavy newly stripped beams to the kitchen in preparation for building the veranda.|
|Good woodwork experience for our French volunteers Felix and Basile, Chrissy enjoying teaching.|
|Felix keeping focused|
|Starting to look like a veranda|
|Maybe one day we will share lunch or a cup of tea around the table.|
Blessings on the food, as we say here !