Complete list of things in our kitchen at the moment:

  • one Aga cooker (turned off)
  • one kitchen sink (disconnected and lying on floor)
  • a couple of dozen bags of rubble

Work has finally begun in earnest on our new kitchen. Jen and I ripped the old one out on New Year's Day, the electricians were here on Friday, the plasterer and plumber began work today, and the bloke doing the floor arrives on 21st. Then work can begin on the kitchen proper (scheduled for completion late February mid-March).

Last night, it suddenly occurred to us, how are we going to do the washing up without a kitchen to do it in? This afternoon, for the first (and hopefully last) time in my life, I went to buy a washing-up bowl.

As washing-up bowls go, it's pretty natty. In fact, I'd go so far as to say it's the nattiest washing-up bowl I've ever owned. It's a fetching blue colour. It goes rather well with my piercing blue eyes.

The new washing-up bowl had a sticker on the side:

Large washing up bowl.
Durable finish.
Scratch resistant and easy to clean.
Dishwasher safe.

Which kind of begs the question, if you own a dishwasher, what on earth would possess you to buy a washing-up bowl?

You don't have a dog and bark yourself.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. Perhaps more fundamental than how you do the washing up, is how you generate the washing-up with no kitchen and a cold Aga. Presumably you will be eating in kiddy-intollerant pubs for the next six weeks, and they are kind enough to do the washing up for you.

    Incidentally, did you see the item below?

    Surely a pub should be one thing or another - if you don't want kids then say so. If you say you do, then you must expect adults to bring them. Wanting to have their cake and eat it if you ask me.

  2. We generate the washing-up in three ways:

    1. by microwaving a couple of excellent curries we made last week
    2. by eating food which doesn't need cooking
    3. by drinking lots of cups of tea.

    Yes, I saw the Wetherspoon story. Heard one of their reps interviewed on the Today Programme. They seem to be taking a very reasonable position to me: by all means feed your kids in here, but then take them home. Of course, a far more reasonable position would be to say, No Kids.

  3. I agree - if you don't want kids you should say so - there are two distinct types of pubs emerging in the UK "family" pubs which want to attract whole families, and are prepared to make kids welcome, and "adult" pubs, which don't want kids and say so - there is a place for both. What Weatherspoons are doing is trying to have the custom of the families (most pubs make their profit on the food) without making the effort to make them welcome.

    No Kids - fine

    Families - fine

    Two drinks only - absurd, un-workable, fence-sitting.

    Just my opinon.

  4. PS The new comments systems seems to add spurious "?"s into comments. My punctuation may be bad, but it's not that bad.

  5. I had noticed. I see the ?s as squares. It seems to be some incompatibility between fonts or keyboard codes. What type of computer are you using? I'll have a look at it at the weekend.

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