Friday, April 06, 2012

F is for Forecuddy


{One of the spectacular sunsets at my doorstep}

I cheat a bit. I originally posted about this wonderful word here:

Comb fore-cuddy: cabin at the bow of a small vessel; esp on an undecked fishing-boat, a small enclosed space forward; CUDDY.
1842 JUKES ii, 53 I went and lay down in the fore cuddy, a place about the size of a dog-kennel, and stinking of salt butter and fish, and was dreadfully seasick. 1887 Colonist Christmas No 5 I had just settled this in my mind, when who should I see coming up out of the fore-cuddy but Tom Pugsley, in his go-ashore clothes, like myself. [1929] 1933 GREENLEAF (ed) 254 "Lukey's Boat": O, Lukey's boat got a fine fore cutty, / And every seam is chinked with putty.


I admit I was completely enraptured with the renovations to my kitchen while still maintaining the incredible workmanship of its original owner, a marvellous carpenter, fisher, sawmill owner and small farmer.

And I still am enthralled about how my little forecuddy works. It is the most efficient kitchen I've ever played in. And I've had challenging renovations in kitchens in my time. There is nothing more frustrating than a kitchen where you are traipsing miles from fridge to stove to dishwasher all day. In this one you can't swing a cat but everything is within arm's length.

I've always loved kitchens where there is a little island (or in my case a peninsula) for guests if they want to chop the tomatoes but not be in one's way and room adjacent and within sight and hearing for guests to sit and chat whilst including the cook. This is one such kitchen. I've recently added a stool for the helper. And Daughter presented me with one of those old fashioned heating trays to keep seconds warm while firsts are being consumed. This sits on the peninsula too, along with the coffee.

And honestly with 3 windows in this area looking out at the ocean, I think my little kitchen has totally earned the soubriquet “Forecuddy” don't you?

Today's post brought to you by the letter F in partnership with the rest of the alphabet, started here.

12 comments:

  1. Your Forecuddy sounds delightful, and once in there, I would find it hard to leave!

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  2. I learn so much when I visit you. Great theme and I love your local views.

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  3. In my forecuddy, it is difficult to accommodate two people doing two different things, but everything is within reach. I enjoy being alone there and resent any intrusions!

    Yours seems like an ideal place for some entertainment while cooking!

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  4. I love the forecuddy and have great memories hand-spinning laundry there whilst looking over the sea. Quite meditational :) xoxo

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  5. Our kitchen here is similar to your forecuddy.Small and efficient just like my Shirl.

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  6. I think I have a bit of a forecuddy too. I can really only be in there by myself or two people doing the dishes if they get along well. xox

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  7. GM:
    As long as you'd sit at the island. Or then again, maybe I could sit there and you could cook?
    XO
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  8. Pamela:
    Thank you so much for the kind words!
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  9. Ramana:
    yes it is nice they are so small, isn't it. Daughter and I and Grandgirl and I have worked side by side there but I honestly prefer to work there alone!
    XO
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  10. Orla:
    Me too! And I still love doing the dishes there, as you say the view is superb!
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  11. GFB:
    Some good stuff comes out of small kitchens, yeah?
    XO
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  12. Irene:
    It can be like a dance sometimes, if you know the other person well!
    XO
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