Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Old Kitchen

When I was a small child my grandmother's "old kitchen" was still standing behind the house. Many island homes from the nineteenth century had kitchens that were separated from the main house. This helped keep the house from getting too hot when the wood stove was fired up...and made it possible to contain an accidental fire in the kitchen without burning the house down.

Lawton Howard and Buddy with Fish

In this photo you can see the round wooden water cistern directly behind my brother, and the old kitchen behind the cistern. (Follow the directions to the right to view a larger image.)

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  1. Anonymous8:26 AM

    What a good idea. The kitchen ,the smell ,the heat, the sink full of dirty dishes , the temptation of between meal snacks, placed "inconveniently" out of the main living quarters. Thus the nub bub is relegated to its own universe. Will this be the smart 21st century building trend -- a separate kitchen house and separate garage.??? There was a time when the market delivered food stuffs-- did this happen on OI was there a delivery clerk.? Today, all this self service --the downside "shoppers" fill a shipping cart empty the shelves of items then abandon the overflowing shopping cart in the Walmart -- all because the glitch in the EBT the electronic foodstamp card was corrected and the no limit card now had the correct allotment on the account-

  2. Anonymous9:42 AM

    With the number of house fires blamed on "unattended food on the stove," maybe a step back in time to a separate kitchen building would be a wise change!

  3. Anonymous10:45 AM

    9:42 anon I would think the distractions would be far fewer in a kitchen house. One would hardly leave the house and a pan of grease --one would hope. Studies have shown walking thru a doorway entering another room contributes to forgetfulness and distractions. How many times have you left the kitchen because the dryer buzzed to empty the dryer fold the laundry then make the bed and burn the house down LOL Multi tasking the death of so many.