I am comparatively late in posting my Sepia Saturday entry this week and this means that I am posting this after reading many of the other entries that were prompted by the theme picture of the kitchens at Windsor Castle. Two things stand out. The first is that unless we happen to be of the royal blood, few of us have very old photographs of kitchens. Before the coming of flash photography and fast film, photography and dark indoor kitchens inhabited different worlds. The second common feature of so many posts is that they feature our mothers and our grandmothers, proudly posing in what was their domain. It didn't have to be Windsor Castle : just a few cupboards and a cherished pan or two. It was the place where the family came together, where news was exchanged, plans were made, jokes were shared. In the main, it was a happy room.
Here is my mother, Gladys, in her happy room. The stainless steel taps were the height of fashion and the tea-cozy was hand-made. If I could open those cupboard doors I could probably give you a full inventory of everything they contained. Somehow, I suspect that King Edward VII didn't have similar memories of the kitchens at Windsor Castle.
Take a tour of the other kitchens that are featured on Sepia Saturday this week by following the links on the Sepia Saturday Blog,