Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Titivating

Now I have a sense that Going Gently has been veering towards a lifestyle blog recently, what with my shiny almost complete new kitchen bursting with pride and stories of sage green tiles and newly painted ivory walls filling my blogworld.
I won't apologise for this...the whole project has been almost a full time job, but the end is almost in sight now, so I shall be returning to Village gossip, bulldog self pollution and other such rubbish very soon.
This morning I finished painting and have been doing what any self respecting middle aged gay man loves to do...and that is titivating with crockery!
Out from under the bed came a large cardboard box which had been filled with my old collection of 1930s Burleighware and in the first time in over a decade it was washed and polished and set out to be looked at.
It's now looking more like home.




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  1. Oh gosh. I am thinking your cupboards should have gone to ceiling height.

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    1. Me thinks it's not your sort of kitchen

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    2. Welsh dresser with one too many chamber pots - or not enough?

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  2. "Titivating with crockery"? Are you sure there isn't a superfluous 'R' in there? :-)

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  3. Beautiful dust gatherers! X

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  4. Chamber pots on the kitchen units! Surely they should be under your bed - one for you and one for The Prof - saving a chilly stumble to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

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    1. Anonymous1:57 pm

      Years away! the prof has. John may need his potty sooner with him being cack handed with all his titivating.

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  5. Ikea sells some great lighting, you can add along the top to make those really stand out.

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    1. yes I like this idea or a self adhesive micro LED light strip

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  6. Absolutely beautiful!

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  7. Oh you shameless titivator! It looks lovely and the crockery is beautiful - those are large jugs though....:-)

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    1. They are potties

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    2. Damn I thought you were tit-ivating your jugs. xx

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  8. The space between ceiling and cupboard is usually from the designer/builder/carpenters of the room/kitchen who leave that space in case of the cupboards not being level. And it is also known as a good place to put things .. decorative or as more storage space.

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  9. PS
    John, for those of us who live in the US and not in the UK .. yes, it is a "lifestyle " blog of sorts, because pretty much everything about your lifestyle is a bit different from what it is in the UK and many of us / me! me !/ totally enjoy spending time with you in your home, village, lifestyle .. so yeah, keep talking about the village etc and please do talk about the decorating etc. love you, love your blog, C

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    1. my typo = "a bit different from what it is in the US "

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  10. I am drooling over the crockery pieces . . .
    Especially the large yellow, white piece on the left end.

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    1. That's my favourite piece it's the laburnum pattern

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  11. I've never heard of Burleighware, and I've also never heard of "titivating." I'm learning a lot from you!

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    1. Burleighware is the poor mans Clarrice cliffe

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    2. I never knew that John... you learn something new everyday ...thanks :)

      Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  12. Nice collection of potties. When might we see the whole finished project?

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    1. When the floor comes, been on the phone with them today and they have promised me very soon

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  13. That is a lovely display and it is nice get a peek at those pretty cabinets.

    15 years ago I put a candle and basket display above my kitchen cabinets and there they stayed. I might have dusted them once or twice.Thankfully, they are high (too high to reach) and no one can see the accumulation of of grime over the years.

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    1. I've got to dust things constantly especially with the log burner....

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    2. John, you'll need dust less frequently if you stretch Gladwrap tightly her the top of the potties and cut it neatly so the edges are invisible.

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  14. Personally I never get enough of decoratidng issues on your blog...shots of your kitchen, of your homey living room, of sleeping dogs blissfully dreaming before a fire....I love it.

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    1. It's cold today so the dogs have heaped themselves in front of the wood burner

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  15. I miss the old posts about dog shit, badly timed farts and 'presents' from Albert.....

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    1. They will return ! And probably tomorrow knowing me dave

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  16. Love Love Love !
    Did I mention I love your kitchen ?
    You can put some fairy lights or strip lighting on a timer up in back of the pottery to make them glow. I have a done that everywhere in the home gives you some nice low cost lighting. Chases the winter dark away.
    Did I mention how much I love your kitchen ?

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. We have some light up flamingos !

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  17. well John, it's beautiful stuff. should have had it out all along. glad your kitchen is done. my studio room is nearly done as well from being flooded. now one small bathroom and the back bedroom to go.

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    1. It's a nice feeling. Isn't it . ? When the mess starts to disappear

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  18. Lovely display. Personally I have a horror of stuff on top of cupboards, it gets horribly sticky with dust and grease and who can ever be @rsed to clean up there .... however, I do like a nice china po, or 'gazunder' as they used to be known in my family. Congratulations, the kitchen looks lovely.

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  19. Absolutely charming, John. I love your collection! Nice that it is finally getting to be admired.

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  20. Your kitchen looks great John! I wish my cabinets had gone right to the ceiling. Attractive dust catchers seem to collect up there. I really like those knobs on the doors.

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  21. Your collection looks lovely up there on the cupboards John. Is that a chamber pot I spy?
    I once saw one planted with hyacinths and it looked fantastic - just an idea for next year.

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    1. It's had a Christmas cactus in it for ten years

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  22. My uncle always said the "can-o-pe" went under not over.

    The cabinets are so look nice. Haven't finished my kitchen yet. But will at some point.

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  23. A boring but good house cleaning tip is to have paper of any sort on top under your wonderful collection. This holds the dirt that will accumulate, just lift of and replace every so often. There you go. From one who has never followed this advice. But I dont put anything up there either.

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    1. I guess I'll just have to clean them regularly

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  24. I thought I read every one of your posts, John. But I'd been under the impression that you and the Prof were downsizing the animals etc prior to moving on to another location. But when you started on the kitchen renew, I'm thinking you and the Prof are staying put. What up?

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    1. Nothing yet.....I have a chance to enjoy a new..kitchen
      For a while longer

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  25. Well you used to blog about keeping chickens and Boris the turkey but then you lost your way and started blogging about people (yuck) but one day you will find your way back to the important things! Lol

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  26. Like a myriad of other fans I have been enjoying the kitchen tales. And suspect I would always classify your blog as falling into the 'lifestyle' category. Just a different style to most of us.

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  27. So this is me ......chicken Post tomorrow!

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  28. Love Burleigh. Didn't know they made potties. I couldn't have them in the kitchen, would remind me of my Auntie Betty's house where she and the four kids all had pots under the bed and the smell of stale urine made me gag. They called them Jeremiahs, is that a common term?

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    1. Never heard them called that before, just potty for us!

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  29. loving the chamber pot I have a blue and white one with a fern in it that was my great grandmothers, so it is about 100 years old if not older

    cant wait to see the whole room reveal!

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  30. That kitchen is TOPS John - worthily the stress and effort. And you get to enjoy it before it becomes the selling point when time comes to move on. That's definitely a 'win-win'. I love your china collection. Mine is in cardboard boxes as what looked wonderful in a 1930 traditional house looks naff in our much more modern place. I miss it, and can't bear to get rid of it.

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  31. Any excuse to use a word with titi in it. Boys! Enjoy every moment in that great kitchen!

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  32. That yellow and white pot is what my father referred to as a thunder pot!

    Those are all lovely pieces. I would be thrilled to get them out on display, too.

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  33. a little beauty to spread along the shelf to adorn your new kitchen...lovely

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  34. Lovely. How nice that the end is in sight. Considering most projects take 3 months longer than expected and way more money than expected, it seems you had a good experience.

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  35. Having your lovely pottery collection displayed adds to the charm of your cottage kitchen. I much prefer having display space rather than cabinets that reach the ceiling, so I'm glad you chose as you did. I have two enamelware chamber pots, sans lids, that I use to hold kindling for our woodstove.

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  36. Your crockery looks lovely tucked up there above the cupboards. Enjoy the new kitchen!

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  37. I had a vision of the Hello people turning up to do a feature about you. You at your new kitchen bench whipping up a boiled fruitcake, possibly in one of the gazunders? With caption, "John who is wearing his best crocs and fetching trackies and on trend Living Dead t-shirt from M&S, likes to whip up a home baked treat for the Prof and the neighbours. He says the dog hair adds a certain piquancy" tee hee hee

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  38. A great spot to showcase your collection!

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  39. Flat out charming...thank you.

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