Redecoration Completed

While Nick Hayter continued with his transformation of our kitchen, I printed him a set of pictures of his progress “on the job”, including this one demonstrating his mask-less cutting-in skill produced this morning.

Downton Service Station had already provided our Modus with a new clutch and handbrake by 10 a.m., so we happily collected it.

Five chapters further on in ‘Little Dorrit’ provided me with five more of Charles Keeping’s illustrations to scan.

‘Leaning on Mr Merdle’s arm, Mr Dorrit descended the staircase’.

‘He approached his destination through the by-streets and water-side ways’.

‘Now, sir,’ said Mr Dorrit, turning round upon him and seizing him by the collar’.

‘All the guests were now in consternation’, just one displaying distress. Another double page spread.

Keeping has portrayed stubborn intransigence to perfection in ‘Each proudly cherishing her own anger’.

This afternoon Nick completed his redecoration project.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s succulent sausages in red wine; creamy mashed potatoes; crunchy carrots; and tender cabbage with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Cabernet Sauvignon.


  1. Lovely kitchen, warm and welcoming, and full of light. It seems we share the same taste in kitchen chairs.
    Another set of fabulous illustrations to enjoy; how clever of Keeping to face off two profiles!

  2. Looking very good.

    Just noticed that not only do we have the same colour kitchen cabinets we also appear to have the same worktops and drainer. Mine is Corian. And chosen especially do avoid the joins.

  3. I admire tradesmen like plasterers and painters who make it all look so easy. But, when we try it, we don’t always achieve the same result.

    You and Jacky must be right chuffed with the transformation. <3

  4. “Each proudly cherishing her own anger” LOL – what a great picture!

    Oh, your kitchen is so beautiful and airy – what a great color!! Everything looks perfect.

  5. OH! Your new kitchen looks so beautiful and light and welcoming! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great work, Nick! I’d hug him if I could! ๐Ÿ™‚
    A consternation gathering… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜€ Love the 2 page illustration!
    So glad your Modus is home again! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (((HUGS))) and Happy Whee-kend!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I especially like the amount of light your kitchen’s bathed in. Windows and light are my primary concerns when it comes to rooms, and Nick has done a wonderful job of eliminating any flaws that light would pick out.

  7. You have a wonderful character-filled house, and I’m not just talking about Little Dorrit et al. I seem to remember that back door was once bright-blue, but I do also recall a half-door (stable?), and I can’t place it in the last few posts. So maybe that was the blue of my memory. White and light mint green looks refreshing. Now to return Pauline’s light catcher to its rightful place. And curtains? I can’t remember . . .

    1. You have a perfect memory, Gwen. Both the doors were blue. The one now painted white leads to the garage, now the library. Down one step to the right is the stable door – still blue. Curtains, a sympathetic green, will go back up today. Thanks very much.

  8. Very nice Derrick! He did an excellent renovation for you. Your modus has a hand break?? Never heard of that before! That would be interesting. Post a photo sometime of the interior!

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