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Topic: Brown (11/26/09)
TITLE: New Beginnings
By janice moorcroft
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Everyone had told them they were insane, moving into a house that hadn’t been touched since the 1920s, but it was their home, their space, and they could rough it for a while. It was summer and warm, the days were long, and candles were romantic!
She’d spent the morning scrubbing the ancient outdoor toilet, and wished she could have a shower, but made do with a wash in the kitchen sink.The water heated on the camping stove. It was now usable, if you didn’t look too closely at the brown stains that refused to leave the toilet bowl.
Paul was upstairs building the bed frame that had sat flat-packed for two years, the wardrobe and dresser could wait. They’d chosen the front bedroom with it’s cast iron fire place and bay window, no curtains yet, no carpets either, but the wood flooring would polish up nicely, just like on all the house style programs she loved to watch.
She had a head full of ideas to carry out, and was impatient to start. For now though, she had to make do with small steps. The kitchen floor scrubbed and the massive sink bleached, the cobwebs dusted and the food stored in the pantry, all tins and packets and powders for now, as they had no electric to run the fridge, which sat redundant and out of place in the kitchen.
She put the kettle back on the stove to boil, needing more hot water so she could tackle the back room. Sitting down at their dining table to wait, she pondered the huge old stove, picturing it black-leaded and hot with baking bread.
The room, like the rest of the house, was dark. One of the first jobs on her list after all the cleaning would be to paint over the dark browns and dirty creams of the walls. Something light and fresh, with pretty blinds at the windows.
Her mind drifted to the front room with it’s bay window, perfect for a window seat, and pretty fireplace. She hoped they could keep the fireplace and had already contacted a chimney sweep.
Just as the kettle began to boil Paul interrupted her dreaming, shouting down stairs “Come and see!” Betty rushed excitedly up the stairs, pausing on the tiny landing before pushing open the door. He sat proudly on the wooden bed that he’d placed on the back wall facing the window. Cardboard and plastic covered the floor and the remaining projects leaned against the wall. The evening sun shone through the dirty window onto the chaos “It’s wonderful Paul” enthused Betty coming to sit with him on the bare mattress. Paul laughed, proud of himself. “I’m tired and hungry now,” he said, “what do you say to a visit to the chippy down the road?”
“Sounds good to me” replied Betty kissing him on the forehead, “I think a stop off at the off-license on the way would be good too”
“Yep!” agreed Paul, “Champaign and Chips for tea! In our own dining room”
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