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2 Months Without a Kitchen

two months without a kitchen

Does that say TWO MONTHS? This last month has absolutely flown! I have to admit, when we packed all our kitchen bits and bobs away, I certainly didn't anticipate being without means of cooking for much longer than six weeks. Whilst we're already at six weeks (and far beyond), I'm not sure we're any closer to having somewhere to cook either.

We've lived without a kitchen before in our first house, but we still had access to a cooker which meant we could still eat proper foods without actually having to prepare food. Things like to chicken kievs were on the menu, chips, jacket potatoes, fish, anything that could simply be placed on a tray and cooked without requiring a sink to wash it all. This time around, we don't have a cooker and instead we're living off microwave meals entirely, which really isn't a great way to fuel yourself.

We had booked our builder to start the structural work "mid-march", which obviously didn't happen and here we are approaching April and still waiting. The hold up on the structural side means we can't have the gas put in or the electrics sorted, which means we can't have a cooker. I'm feeling pretty miffed towards our builder actually, he's not been great with contact, we asked if he could take on another area of work in the kitchen at the same time - he said he could, but weeks on we still don't have a price for the second job and we don't know when work's going to begin. I've obviously messaged him (twice!) but no response.

The whole scenario really makes me feel like walking away and finding another builder, but at the same time it also makes me feel like I'm being a little impatient and unfair. I know builders have long waiting lists and timelines are not very precise. We really struggled to find a builder in the first place and I can't bare to be put on someone else's waiting list.

To say, I've been feeling a bit down recently would be quite an under-statement. My lack of blog posts over the last few weeks are entirely from a lack of inspiration which is entirely from living in such a crappy building site home. It's quite grinding on you day after day. I don't think my new crap eating helps either. Everything is pre-made with zero nutritional value and my hunger pangs are satisfied by way too much chocolate right now. I'm not sure Easter has helped much on that front, either.

On the upside of this doom and gloom post - we have recently purchased a cooker, a Rangemaster Toledo for the BARGAIN price of £350. It was a lucky eBay find, one year old and barely used. I watched many Rangemaster's sell for £600 and more, so this was a total steal! We rented a van (and a friend) and drove only an hour away to pick it up. It's now sat in our hallway awaiting usage. Real food is so close and yet so far!

If I have to do a "three months without a kitchen" post, I swear I will be knocking that damn wall down myself with nothing but a lump hammer and some serious anger.

Are all builders this useless? Is it normal to live without a kitchen? Who knows?!

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