Just off from Junction 12 of the M65, hidden behind B&Q is Pendle Village Mill. It’s a converted industrial mill that now sells carpets, clothes and some of the most beautiful shabby chic furniture and home-ware items I have ever seen. On my last visit I picked out five items that would be the finishing touches in a farmhouse kitchen. As I don’t actually own a farmhouse kitchen, I am just keeping them on a wish list for now. But one day who knows I may be able to rescue an item or two and give them a good home!
Item 1: Cockerel food racks. Here I would keep some vegetables to hand like onions and parsnips. Maybe if my food was on display I would remember to actually cook it, instead of finding a depressed looking swede lurking in the back of forgotten shelf.
Item 2: A cast iron thread holder complete with scissors. A handy thing to have around the kitchen as I use the thread to tie up my home baked cakes in waxed brown paper ready to deliver to my friends and neighbours.
Item 3: A pretty blue shelf-thing. The top part can be a letter holder and the bottom shelf will hold pens, elastic bands, blunt pencils… Therefore my counter will be free from the clutter that dominates my current kitchen.
Item 4: This beautiful butterfly cake stand, where the aforementioned home baked cakes will sit proudly on display in the middle of a large wooden table. Meaning that cake will always be available for a mid-afternoon snack.
Item 5: This patchwork chair, which will live by the aga. I will sit on it in winter evenings with a book in my hand and a cat on my lap. Bliss!