Sadly, Utterly Abandoned Kitchens

I’ve long been fascinated with kitchens, the older the more interesting. I love to cook and often imagine how difficult it must’ve been in centuries past. While I appreciate intact or refurbished ancient cooking chambers – they help me tremendously while writing scenes for my characters – there’s just something inherently intriguing about these lost and forgotten, totally abandoned and derelict kitchens.

Although the house was inhabited until the 1950's, it looks as if little was done to it in the 20th century. This kitchen range must have seen many decades of use. Photo by Virginia Knight on Geograph.org.uk

Although the house was inhabited until the 1950’s, it looks as if little was done to it in the 20th century. This kitchen range must have seen many decades of use. Photo by Virginia Knight on Geograph.org.uk

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Sadly, Utterly Abandoned Mansions

I’ve got this thing for abandoned abodes. It’s so sad to see what once was a magnificent home now forlorn and decaying. I imagine the joys and sorrows the occupants experienced within the walls. Cheery fires in the fireplaces, nourishing meals cooked in the kitchens, books read by the light of newly glazed windows. How many toddler feet stomped up and down the halls? Christmases, Thanksgivings, and Easters shared with family and friends in the dining rooms, and games played in the parlors. What happened to the people? Continue reading