Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Old-time Kitchen

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I pulled one out of the archives for this week's Sepia Scenes, since what could be more appropriate for sepia than an old-time kitchen. This one is a model from a musuem about 40 minutes out of Victoria, BC in Canada. During a family trip to the Pacific Northwest (one of my favorite parts of the world) about two years ago Jay and I were lucky to be able to sneak off for a weekend in Victoria while my parents watched the kids. While we were there, we spent an afternoon hiking near the town of Sooke, and then stopped by this really great little museum, the Sooke Region Museum, which was full of models and diaramas and full-scale mockups which really made the history of the area come alive.

I love the way they've left a load of unfolded laundry in a basket on the counter - a timeless touch if ever there was one.

31 comments:

Territorial said...

Geesh came to Canada and didn't even look me up! LOL Just kidding Saskratchyourass and Victoria are a ways apart!

Annie said...

What an amazing contrast between your header and your sepia for this week. I like the convenience of modern appliance but love the warmth and comfort of the older kitchens.

Janet said...

look how small it is! That would be a food pantry in a home now.

"Sunshine" said...

I love old, retro, etc. in just about everything! I especially love old kitchens like this. Very cool sepia, Robin!

angie said...

What a great photo. I can't imagine having such a small kitchen, yet that was probably a desired kitchen for the time!

"Sunshine" said...

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Your EG Tour Guide said...

The kitchen looks a bit cramped, doesn't it? It DOES look great in sepia, though!

Rose said...

It couldn't be better! I love looking at museums that have rooms set up like it used to be.

Flea said...

What a teeny kitchen it is! I think we'd starve if I had to cook in there.

anymommy said...

It's amazing how much space we 'need' now, isn't it!

Leora said...

Looks like my kitchen in the attic apartment I lived in for a few years in Cambridge, MA. Except without the dainty curtains and wallpaper, just the old appliances.

My husband and I went to Victoria for a visit, pre-kids. Very pretty area.

This Eclectic Life said...

Gorgeous!! I love the laundry stacked, too. Now did you go for high tea at The Empress while you were there?

napaboaniya said...

Lovely in sepia bringing out the vintage feel to the kitchen :P

Jan Parrish said...

Big contrast between your kitchen. The sepia one is seriously crowded too. Laundry in the kitchen? Ugh. Not a good mix.

laughingatchaos said...

I LOVE Victoria! We honeymooned there and it's one of my favorite places on earth. :)

Carletta said...

This definitely takes me back to Grandma's!
She did her wash in the kitchen - had to boil hot water.
My Mom had one of those wringer washes and at about five years old I decided I could push the clothes through when she wasn't looking - caught my hand in the wringer.
This was a perfect sepia subject!
I also love how they framed that picture to look out on an old (school or church)building.

Jennifer/moma4faith said...

Ahhh, unfolded laundry - some things never go out of style...

ilanadavita said...

Superb choice for sepia scenes!

ilanadavita said...

I forgot: I love the new layout, except you seem to be ahaed of time. The date at the top is for Saturday...

Robin said...

That Saturday post is a sticky post - putting a date that hasn't happened yet keeps it up at the top of the page :).

MoziEsmé said...

Very homey scene...

Dirk said...

Lovey kitchen and just asks for sepia!

Mojo said...

Oh Robin this is achingly beautiful. I can almost smell the freshly laundered clothes mingling with... whatever's in the oven.

Lauren said...

Oh Sooke, I've been there and it was one of the best vacations my husband and I have ever had. What a cool picture.

Eki Akhwan said...

I can't help comparing your header photo and its older sibling ... different, but they each have their own charms.

It's amzing that you can tell a lot from a small island like this everyday.

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog, Robin.

Eki

Kim said...

I love it! My SIL used to cook on a stove like that until about 5 years ago when it finally bit the dust.

The laundry is the perfect touch.

Felisol said...

This old time lady well remember the old time kitchen.
Imagine my childhood on a museum.

My mother always made her laundry in the basement though. It was a revolution when they bought the washing machine and she did not have to rub the skin of her finger knuckles
on the washing board.
The smell of sun dried laundry.., I miss that.
Good picture bringing happy memories alive.
From Felisol

Dianne said...

the photo appears 3D!

really pretty

splummer said...

Hi!
Great Photo! My mom had a wringer washer like that! Have a great day!!

Sherrie

maryt/theteach said...

Robin, this is just perfect! My mom had a wringer washer too! Happy SEpia Scenes! Obviously I'm back from Florida! :)

PJ said...

This is great, using the setting for a sepia scene. I had to do a double-take!