|this is a Prestcold, fridge on top, vegetable storage at the bottom|
Each day I see on F/B my son-in-law's excitement as he reveals just another layer of the history of the new house, he was very much like this when he did the cottage in Whitby, he is in his element revealing the Victorian history in the house. Already they are buying stuff, an old fireplace yesterday and, I still can't believe this, an old 1950s Prestcold fridge, this is my daughter purchase.....
To see a fridge from my childhood brought back memories of the one in the scullery we had. First image that springs to mind is of course the whole salmons brought back from a fishing trip near where Bovey Belle lives, in fact from the same river. We would eat salmon for days!
I have always meant to write about this home, the garden of which was a paradise for children. The house large late Victorian house, fronting the street with a lawn to one side and driveway on the other side, large garage with inspection pit, washing area for the car, and the various outhouses for coal. But I shall desist only to say that the kitchen, had a proper kitchen range in it, which glowed warmly every winter morning when we had breakfast, there were the servant bells on one wall, which didn't work and then there was the scullery attached, with the fridge and cooker and large white sink at the end. I come from a strange family, with a complicated history, suffice it to say I was brought up by my grandfather, and though having three stepmothers, the person who looked after us was Louisa, our Italian maid, until she got married.
There is something quite funny about writing about range fires, yesterday we discussed about getting some other heating for the sitting room, and lo and behold today the boiler broker down, luckily the man is coming this afternoon, so hopefully it is not too serious. All the other rooms in my childhood house had gas fires, no central heating in those days, just ice inside the windows, and baths that cooled quickly!
|This is the nearest I could find, double oven, poor Louisa keeping the fire going, but it must have the only source of hot water heating.|