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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Everything AND the Kitchen Sink-More Year of the Magical Re

I fell in love with old fashioned (and sensible) farm sinks years ago when I visited my dear friends Jack and Jane Hogue at their farm Prairie Pedlar in Odebolt, Iowa. All across the countryside and back to California I searched and searched for such a sink, but to no avail.

A couple of years ago we were scouring Ohmega Salvage in Berkeley, California, and I found the sink I wanted, but alas, it had just been sold. We were planning to visit a niece and a friend in San Francisco for a few days and decided to check back again, though the sales staff said they seldom find the big farm sinks. As we were leaving one of the yard workers said, "Well, if you're going to be around for a couple days just leave me your number." We gave him our number and figured we'd never hear from him again, but we did. The next morning he called us and said, "Some people wanted to get rid of a sink in a kitchen they're demolishing, so we went in, carefully removed it, and brought it to the yard. Can you come see if you want it?"

We zoomed over the bridge and returned to Ohmega and lo' and behold, it was the one of my dreams. It took 3 men to load the 500 pound cast iron baby into the back of Jeff's Saab wagon, but they did it.

We designed our entire kitchen around the sink, but it was worth every gray hair and the back breaking task of moving it around. We had the porcelain refinished, but the job is a poor one, so Jeff is going to learn how to re-do it. I'll add it to his list.

Blessings to you all,


From an old garden book:

The Snowdrop

When snowflakes whirl and north winds blow
and winter's all around,
The plucky little snowdrop
Comes pushing through the ground.
She spreads her petals undismayed,
Though days are dark and drear,
To tell us shivering mortals
That Spring will soon be here.


Anonymous said...

Your kitchen looks adorable. Love the sink, love the charming bouquets. What a sunny and happy place for baking, reading recipes,sipping tea and buttering your morning toast. I can almost smell the cinnamon and raisin bread. And thank you for a jolt of happiness from that wonderful poem. Indeed, SPRING will come. It's been one LONG winter.

turningwheelfarm said...

I love the sink and the fact you designed your kitchen around it! Kind of like designing an outfit around a pair of shoes. :)

chercroce said...

We have YOUR sink...actually, its twin! We live in an old two family, but use the whole house. We need to redo the downstairs kitchen....someday! Meanwhile, it's my sewing,seed starting, and craft room! The sink is the one thing that I would not get rid of...I too adore the old sink! Ours sits on an old metal cabinet that could also use a bit of work. I had NO idea that the sink was that heavy!

Spring is starting to signal its arrival to Connecticut...with yellow, white and violet snow crocuses happily peeking up at us!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Dear Kary, Silverstar Sanctuary and Cher,

Thanks for your wonderful comments.

The sink had the original iron mounting straps and they were dated from the foundry 1923. I think the sink is an American Standard.

Yes, I guess it is like planning an outfit around a pair of shoes-actually, I think I've done that!