Local Heart, Global Soul

December 2, 2018

History In The Working Of Coal…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The town’s murals and statues leave absolutely no doubt that Greymouth is a town with a deep history in the working of coal.

Murals around any town are a fabulous way to liven up a built up area and Greymouth is no exception.

Himself and I continue our drive around until suddenly I spot another mural, this time on the side wall of the Greymouth Evening Star offices.

Naturally Himself pulls over and I go to get photographs.

There is a car parked along the opposite wall so I had to get a slightly more side-on view but this is another clear tribute to the coal industry that was massive on the West Coast. In fact it dawns on me that as a kid we had a playground game where we would take turns trying to say “West Coast Coal” as fast as possible twenty times. It’s harder than you think, especially when you are trying to beat the speed of the friend who’s turn it was before you. Added to the impressiveness of this mural is the yet another one I spy just a few metres away behind it that has me waving and pointing to Himself in the car that I’m off on a very short detour…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 20, 2013

Hmm… I Wonder If I Can Convince My Kids to be Scullery Maids and Masters?

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next page of my last summer’s travel diary finds me in a place I hardly want to leave… a Stately Home kitchen.

As the proud owner of a miniscule 1930’s Dutch kitchen, I struggle with space, and of course have only recently graduated to a large oven… but even so, I still find myself with serious  and incurable oven-envy when I come into this kitchen at Audley End House.

As with the laundry it’s located a little way off the house because of fire hazard  but it’s beautiful inside all the same.

It’s not just just humongous coal range that has the Wow factor and some… but also in a separate alcove, a huge bread oven in the wall with another coal range along side.

Judging by the very large square copper kettle on the top, possibly this one was for a plentiful supply of hot water.

Himself and the kids did the whistle stop tour of the kitchen and then bounced back outside to burn off some energy… Leaving our visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine” (also a fellow Foodie) and I free to browse at leisure and drool  excitedly together over copper pot and pans, jelly molds, and coal ranges in peace.

No doubt some other visitors overheard our back and forth delighted shrieks and exclamations of new discoveries of beautiful kitchen items and probably assumed we were somewhat deranged, but any fellow foodie would have well understood.

I soooo want a kitchen this big… with a few high tech electrical additions discreetly incorporated of course.. and a few scullery maids to do the washing up. (no wait…  maybe I can rope in my kids on that one).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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