Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Dealing with the limited counter space in the kitchen has not been easy, but finally we have a solution. A cross between an island and a table. It’s the height of the counter (93cm) and done in the same Zimbabwean brushed granite, 120cm diameter. We considered a classic island but that would have looked clunky. The wrought iron legs make the room not look any smaller. I tested the set up yesterday as we had people over for lunch and it worked very well.
Serious work here at number 42 begins again in two weeks. The three rooms on the west side are becoming one grand suite. The southwest room which faces the garden remains a bedroom, the room next to it becomes a dressing room and the northwest room becomes a bathroom.
Last week, through the blog, Eric, a member of the family who was here before us contacted me. He sent me some wonderful pictures of a party at number 42 in 1981. It was strange to see a whole set of other people, other lives going on within these walls. Porcelain, silverware, gilt mirrors, flowers- like us, but not us. I joked to Mike, look at them in these pictures, as if they own the place 🙂 Of course I was only three years old and they did own the place. One day someone will probably contact new owners with pictures of when we lived here. Eric also gave us a new bit of information; that the house was originally built for in-laws of the Vidal-Stanton’s, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hine of the Hine Cognac family. How appropriate as I can keep the alcohol theme going 😀
It’s one year since I stopped smoking.
The weather is gorgeous.