France lockdown travelogue: The Kitchen

More than two centuries ago, Xavier de Maistre was placed under house arrest for 42 days - and wrote Voyage autour de ma chambre, a six-week 'voyage of discovery' around his room. Some 230 years later, we challenged our coronavirus confined readers to write their own Voyage round my Room. Here is one of the three winners...

The kitchen – the heart of any house, arriving everyday to cook and clean, a place taken for granted. If we pause and look more deeply what do we see? The story of our lives, memories good and bad, happy and sad, long forgotten things.

When I first looked today I was reminded how far we had come.

When we arrived 11 years ago, the previous owner had not only removed the cupboard and the sink, but the tap as well! A nifty piece of wood with a hole attached to the wall and a well-placed bucket, along with a hurriedly bought tap served us ...

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