The Kitchen’s Nearly In…

9 Apr

It’s been a very busy few days here. Extra people in the flat like carpenters and plumbers…


Tools everywhere…


But now we have a kitchen worktop…


There’s no cooking being done yet in the new kitchen, but no one’s going hungry!



39 Responses to “The Kitchen’s Nearly In…”

  1. TBM April 9, 2013 at 12:52 #

    Wow what a project! Good luck and glad to see you aren’t starving. Enjoy some fantastic carry away for me.

  2. thecompletecookbook April 9, 2013 at 13:57 #

    I’m on my way with a few meals for the freezer.
    Ooh, it is all very exciting – can’t believe we are so close to the big reveal.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy xo

    • Chica Andaluza April 9, 2013 at 16:39 #

      That would be nice! Actually, we haven’t moved in yet, so although I’m not cooking gourmet meals (tto tired) we are cooking and eating ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. anyone4curryandotherthings April 9, 2013 at 13:57 #

    You must be glad when it’s all done! Good luck – and dont forget to show us the “new” kitchen.

    • Chica Andaluza April 9, 2013 at 16:40 #

      Ah thank you…will be very excited to show you the new kitchen when it’s done ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. ChgoJohn April 9, 2013 at 14:34 #

    You’ll have some nice counter space for making pasta, Tanya. Good thinking! ๐Ÿ™‚
    For now though, I bet you guys are more than thrilled to have the work surface. Everything’s really coming along. Well done!

    • Chica Andaluza April 9, 2013 at 16:40 #

      Yes, plenty of space for those long sheets of pasta and to clamp on the machine!

  5. 76sanfermo April 9, 2013 at 14:42 #

    Che bella cucina nuova! Io sono emozionata per te!
    Don’t forget to show us the finished kitchen!

    • Chica Andaluza April 9, 2013 at 16:40 #

      Grazie, grazie! Looking forward to showing you the finished kitchen soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Mad Dog April 9, 2013 at 15:17 #

    …and it looks like a nice work surface too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chica Andaluza April 9, 2013 at 16:41 #

      Oak ๐Ÿ™‚ Needs a bit of love first though before I can be let loose on it…

  7. Tandy April 9, 2013 at 15:40 #

    I love the worktop. That is exactly what I want in my kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chica Andaluza April 9, 2013 at 16:42 #

      It’s a solid oak worktop (which is why we had the carpenter round to cut all the appropriate holes with special tools). I need to give it a few more coats of special oil, but it will soon be ready to go. I had a worktop years ago and although some people say they are hard work, I didn’t find it so. Just a little reoiling every so often and don’t leave it dripping wet and it’s great ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Ria April 9, 2013 at 16:53 #

    Looking good chick – let me know when the wine fridge is in!! xx

    • Chica Andaluza April 9, 2013 at 16:54 #

      Hee hee – you know at least where it’s going to be!

  9. bitsandbreadcrumbs April 9, 2013 at 23:34 #

    It’s so much fun to see this coming along, Tanya! Now, is this one strictly for you and Big Man to divide your time between Spain and England, or will it be rented?

    • Chica Andaluza April 10, 2013 at 19:24 #

      This one is strictly for us and any friends and family that want to spend a few days on the coast!

  10. mrszeg April 10, 2013 at 01:18 #

    Absolutely LOVE the counter tops!

    • Chica Andaluza April 10, 2013 at 19:24 #

      Thank you – I seem to have made a good choice ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Emily April 10, 2013 at 02:10 #

    I love the counter top too – our current one is stone and I really miss the wonder old hard wooden table mum used when I was a kid. There’s something special about wood and I agree with you, its not hard work to maintain either.

    • Chica Andaluza April 10, 2013 at 15:43 #

      Stone is good too – we have a granite one in Spain and wanted this house to be very different!

  12. Eha April 10, 2013 at 05:31 #

    Laughed at your pups eating SO amicably side by side! Well, in our house Charlie, the Pembroke corgi, started with Toby, the black’white dachshund’s bowl first finishing all in about two gulps, whilst fastidious Toby just looked at us in despair! Well, Charlie ate on the verandah with door closed, and Toby took his time in the kitchen! And we wondered what we were doing with the two ๐Ÿ˜€ ! The kitchen is coming along great!!

    • Chica Andaluza April 10, 2013 at 15:42 #

      I think we must be lucky, although I’d never thought about it ๐Ÿ™‚ They’re very good together over food and even share bones…one takes over when the other gets tired!

  13. narf77 April 10, 2013 at 08:12 #

    I always get excited when a kitchen goes in :). We got thick bamboo worktops for ours when we decided to renovate and I adore your wood worktops :). Can’t wait to see it all done and dusted and raring to go and the gorgeousness that you eventually cook there…don’t forget to have a topping off for your kitchen Steve says…all good Irish folk have topping off parties (and we dub you honorary Irish folk for the purpose ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

    • Chica Andaluza April 10, 2013 at 15:41 #

      We looked at bamboo too (too expensive here ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) and I just saw those shots of your gorgeous blue kitchen…love it! We like the idea of topping off parties. In Spain they have a flag raising but as we have two flats above us, we’ll claim Irish nationality and really go for it!

      • narf77 April 10, 2013 at 19:02 #

        It’s apparently a good way to get indemnity for the loudest most drunken parties you can imagine… music blaring, booze tipped all over the neighbours cat, drunken mates falling in the aspidistra’s and all you have to say is “Irish!” and everyone just nods their heads and expects it ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Chica Andaluza April 10, 2013 at 19:18 #

        Love it ๐Ÿ™‚ Although it sounds a little bit like a local fiesta too…

      • narf77 April 10, 2013 at 20:07 #

        or a drunken rave party in “Sarf End on Sea” ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Chica Andaluza April 10, 2013 at 20:43 #


  14. Food,Photography & France April 10, 2013 at 09:07 #

    It seems that you’ve been working on these houses forever. All this hard work has to be worth it, but you must be looking forward to getting back to Spain.

    • Chica Andaluza April 10, 2013 at 15:40 #

      It is starting to feel like forever Roger! A 3-4 week project has turned into almost 9 months. Oh well, we had nothing else planned! And now the end is in sight and summer Up The Mountain beckons ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. gardenfreshtomatoes April 10, 2013 at 13:12 #

    Don’t you love it when there’s something you can point to and say, “Progress!” ?

  16. Karen April 10, 2013 at 20:46 #

    I love your beautiful wood countertops…they will get nicer as they age.

    • Chica Andaluza April 10, 2013 at 20:50 #

      They will indeed…and think of all the lovely food we’ll have enjoyed in the meantime!

  17. spree April 12, 2013 at 16:51 #

    It’s so exciting, fascinating, seeing the process, isn’t it Tanya?! Love your wooden counters! Every surface a cutting prep place! Really excited for you…won’t be long now!

    • Chica Andaluza April 13, 2013 at 18:34 #

      It is indeed exciting and now we’re moving into that phase where the changes are really visible and not buried under plaster or floorboards!

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