A touch of nostalgia
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.