Kitchen Designer – me!

I started this job just over 5 months ago. I’m a kitchen designer for a major DIY chain. It’s the job I’d applied for but didn’t get here. It’s my 26th job. I’ve always been interested in kitchens – in the way they’ve evolved from basically a fire in the middle of the floor. I…

A Working Spoon

I own a tablespoon. I’m not the first person to own it. It came to me from my Grandma, but she wasn’t the first person to own it either. It isn’t a particularly special spoon – it isn’t silver. It feels like it’s made of quite a cheap metal. That makes sense – my grandparents…

Playing Out

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And it doesn’t do a lot for Jill either. So yesterday, I played. Well, first of all I had to do sensible things like shopping and putting a load of washing in and feeding the cat. But then I played. I took myself off to…

The Mistress of the House

Mrs Beeton. A fascinating woman – the Victorian cook who wrote a book about Household Management. I found a copy of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management in an antique shop and decided to buy it, and then started to find out more about her. I found more books – online, at car boot sales,…

Eight hours for fun

You’ll have heard the advert – Lucky lucky lucky me I’m a lucky son of a gun I work 8 hours, I sleep 8 hours That leaves 8 hours for fun It’s wormed its way into my ear – although I can’t remember what it’s advertising. In my case, I work 5 hours, I sleep…