Local Heart, Global Soul

May 12, 2010

Opening Doors into the Past…

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

A quick post today because we have house  and dinner guests and I’m the chef of the day… not that cooking is  a chore for me, I enjoy it.

What I don’t enjoy is the fact that there’s a mountain of laundry that looks bigger than the tallest hill in the Netherlands and that Little Mr went to school in the morning leaving a trail of Playmobile destruction behind him… (Well, at least a zillion little plastic connection bits and bobs distributed all over the living room floor)

I’m trying to walk without crutches and still have some pain in my toes so getting into the floor to pick up the toys wasn’t an easy job, but I got there in the end.

So much for all the other stuff I intended to do on my day off.

I’ve been thinking about items that you just don’t seem to see any more because they have fallen out of fashion and that I keep an eye out for in second-hand shops (thrift shops).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Sadly I haven’t seen the following item  for a loooong time. Imagine my delight when I discovered them in a house in New Zealand.

So what are they and what do I like best about them? Well, they are little cupboard door handles .. very very simple, and my Kiwi Gran used to have these in her kitchen.  Seeing these jogs my memory and I’m transported back in time, suddenly I’m 10 years old, staying over for a long weekend and baking with her with ingredients piled up on her kitchen table.

I love the fact that these handles stay flush with the cupboard door, all you have to do is to press your finger on one side of them and  et Viola ! the door can then be pulled open.

Anyone else have a childhood memory of a household item that they wish was still around?

I’m sure you do…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. Best wishes with your cooking and entertaining the guests.

    Those handles look interesting and I would be walking around pressing them all.

    Comment by slamdunk — May 12, 2010 @ 3:06 am | Reply

    • Maybe my Gran kept me busy baking in her kitchen because as a kid I probably did just that! Actually I loved doing the dishes at her house *because* putting things back into her cupboards meant I could play with the handles (I remember that bit as clearly as the baking LOL). They are so quirky and tactile, people just want to play with them, 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — May 12, 2010 @ 6:28 am | Reply

  2. I’ve never seen handles like that before! that is really unique for sure 🙂

    Comment by Sonya — May 12, 2010 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  3. Hmmm, I have two items in my house that I don’t see anymore and I love them both!

    One is a HUGE hamper drawer built right into my bathroom vanity. It’s roomy and unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

    The other, also in the bathroom, is a built-in tissue box holder. Keeps the box out of the way yet the tissues are accesible. I added these to the bathrooms: one is built into tthe front plate just below the sink. The box is off to the right so as to not interfere with the sink. For our second bathroom, I found a metal insert with cover that can be installed right into the wall (we were renovating at the time and this was planned into the construction). Again, keeps the box out of the way yet very accessible.

    Those pulls are neat! Hope you are feeling better soon!

    Comment by milkayphoto — May 12, 2010 @ 4:36 pm | Reply

  4. kiwidutch.wordpress.com’s done it once more. Amazing writing.

    Comment by Bonnie Morris — May 27, 2010 @ 10:24 am | Reply

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