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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, September 29, 2008

ABC Wednesday - K is for Kitchen Stove





Here is the kitchen stove at London Heritage Farm in Richmond, BC, that I visited last July. If you missed my post about it, you can see a slide show and read about it here.



The house was built in the 1880s and ladies still bake scones and cookies here to serve in the dining room with their special blend of tea.



It was so cosy in the kitchen with all its aromas and shelves full of jams, jellies, and sauces.








This is the kitchen stove at the Murakami house at Britannia Heritage Shipyard park, built around 1885. You can still see it to this day at this incredible heritage site in Steveston, British Columbia. It's a much more modern version than the one at London Heritage Farm.
This was the home of boat builder Otokishi Murakami, his wife Asayo, and their family until they were evacuated in 1942 to a sugar beet farm in Manitoba. This was the time when all persons of Japanese decent were relocated to the interior of Canada because of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
When the house was restored in 1996, their son, George, rebuilt the traditional Japanese cedar bathtub. Their granddaughter, Linda Ohama, chronicled Asayo's life in her movie titled "Obaachan's Garden". The Murakami family helped replant the garden next to the house to commemorate Asayo's love of flowers. Asayo died in December 2002 at the age of 104.









And here is my kitchen stove, which is a far cry from the above two kitchen stoves. I don't have to chop wood to put inside it and it has lots of room for four large pots or pans. The controls are electronic, and the burners are underneath a ceramic top so I can also use it as extra counter space when it's not in use. The oven has regular and convection heating and above the stove is my ultra-modern built-in microwave.

Although the kitchen stoves of the 1880s and the 1940s have a great deal of character, I think I prefer my modern kitchen stove.

Mrs. Nesbitt is our hostess for ABC Wednesdays and if you'd like to contribute or even just view some of the participants' photos and stories, click here.

Oh, and if you'd like to see my Wordless Wednesday post, just click here.


66 comments:

naturglede said...

The old stoves are beautiful to look at, but I prefere the new ones for my baking:)Have a nice ABC!

Liz said...

Hello, Leslie! I'm back!

What wonderful stoves. Today's new designs seem to be returning to the lovely old style but with the modern ease.

Will be back to catch up properly soon.

Ivar Ivrig said...

The two old stoves are just wonderful. Excellent :-)

Aileni said...

I see you have made a meal of this...
:)
I never thought of Kitchen - silly me.

Katney said...

I did not realize that Canada also relocated citizens of Japanese descent during the war. I have known a few Japanese Americans who had gone through relocation. Have you read the book or seen the movie Snow Falling on Cedars? It is based on the experiences of prejudice follwoing the war.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for the interesting post about these kitchenstoves. They are beautiful to look at, but I can understand that you prefer cooking on a modern stove! So do I.

nancygrayce said...

I'm so glad I didn't live in the days of wood stoves and outhouses!! Yes, I do take anxiety meds....but sometimes they just don't work! Really, most days I'm fine.

mannanan said...

What fantastic kitchen stoves and still in use. And the size of yours it's so big it would struggle to fit in my small kitchen.

photowannabe said...

I'm glad I don't have to struggle putting wood in the stove too. The first 2 are lovely to look at but I like the way yours works best.

onangelwings said...

Where the hell were my brains on this one. Good job on K. Why didn't I think of this. I'm, an idiot.

Love the old stove.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

What would we do without our kitchen stoves?

That was a great idea for K.

antigoni said...

I love old things. Your second kitchen stove is look like a toy from the old house of playmobil. I spend my day in the kitchen and i didn't think of this as a "K" post.

jmb said...

My visit to the museum the other day made me appreciate my modern appliances too.

magiceye said...

lovely old stoves!

Old Wom Tigley said...

I enjoyed looking at these old stoves... and can just remember the one in my grans old house... your 'K' post certainly took me backa bit.

Tom
Mine's Here

radonvilliers said...

Nice post about kitchen stoves.
I knew only Murakami after the writer Haruki Murakami (Kafka on the beach...)

Greyscale Territory said...

A very interesting post!

Those old stoves are so intriguing! Lots of personality! But probably, like you, I would find them a hassle! Clean and streamlined is more convenient in the modern lifestyle!

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh the kitchen stove....the heart of the home. Right now, outside the wind is blowing a cold cold gust...but I am here by the Aga, warm!

Bear Naked said...

Yes Leslie we do love and need our modern conveniences.
Good choice for the letter K.

Bear((( )))

Rebeckah said...

I am SO glad that you don't have to chop wood for your stove! That would be so annoying. Don't you wonder how those woman did things like that?

richies said...

I still remember my Aunt Sadie's wood burning kitchen stove. When I was a kid I liked when we visited her because everything in her house was old.

Jo said...

I love the old Burbank stove. They were actually great stoves and were fabulous for cooking and baking too. Many chefs today don't care for electric stoves, but prefer gas. Apparently the wood burning stoves made the best roasts.

I'm going to have to visit that museum sometime. It looks wonderful!

starnitesky said...

I agree the modern stove is much better and easier to keep clean. The 1940's stove has such a small oven!

D Herrod said...

What a cool entry.

dulce said...

We prefer the new stoves but those old ones are beautiful.
GReat photos

Annie said...

Yes, Katney, I read Snow Falling on Cedars...it popped inot my mind the minute I read Leslies K post ...but unlike you I couldnt quite recall the name of the book readily..thanks for doing it for me!

Thansk Leslie for you visit to my kangaroos koalas and kookaburras...not to mention kermit!

Annie

Nydia said...

Beautiful stories and what beautiful old style stoves! But I agree, yours works better! :)

Kisses from Nydia.

CrazyCath said...

I Knew I would gain some Knowledge from your K post!

VP said...

Crumbs - you've found a stove older than my mother in laws! Hers dates from 1959 - it still works!

spacedlaw said...

I do have a weakness for the older ones...
Thanks for the pictures.

earthlingorgeous said...

I love the old stove, but love your stove too. I bet it's fun cooking in both stoves. Nice information too :)

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