A touch of nos­tal­gia

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Wendy Moult of Napier writes We’re ren­o­vat­ing an old house and, at last, we have a func­tion­ing kitchen in­stalled by my very ca­pa­ble hus­band of 45 years. A friend sug­gested a glass splash­back be­hind the hob but then I saw Shel­ley Hills’ clever idea in your July is­sue: she put her ‘house rules’ up be­hind her splash­back.

Our sons left home years ago, so it was too late for fam­ily rules but I had an­other idea: we en­larged an old news­pa­per pho­to­graph of my late fa­ther taken in 1957 when he was a young baker. It shows him brush­ing egg over the top of dozens of hot cross buns. The cap­tion as­sured read­ers that he wasn’t brush­ing the cob­webs off the pre­vi­ous year’s buns.

I was seven years old at the time and re­mem­ber him com­ing home smelling of spices. Now, at 67, I have my fa­ther watch­ing over my cook­ing. Ev­ery morn­ing when I go into the kitchen, I’m de­lighted to see him there and some­times I even greet him. Thank you for help­ing to fire up my imag­i­na­tion.

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