The larder screen became fire wood, what we could salvage. The wooden style formica that covered the old walls was labelled fire retardant but the whole lot went up in flames, on a bonfire, in less than 30 seconds. Andrew lost his eyebrows the heat was so fierce. The back door burnt with equal eagerness. It's amazing what horrors lurk in old kitchens, passing fads, poor workmanship, wobbly health and safety.
It's taken us two weeks just to clear our things out of the kitchen and tomorrow we will show you what happened when we uncovered the past.