Friday, January 30, 2009

Kitchen Akin to Poetry

I'm thinking about kitchens today and have been browsing through a little book I love called Kitchens by Pat Ross. I found a quote that just speaks to me, and I think it will to you as well. It was written by Mrs. S. D. Powers in 1884. More than one hundred years later, her words still evoke an emotional response and the desire to create a kitchen just like hers!

"When the western sun shone broad and merry over the sparkling window, yellow floor and white tables; when a savor of sweet marjoram and lavender from the window boxes was in the air and the shining stone with its bright teakettle and simmering pans was a shrine to good cheer, I have taken portfolio and books out into my kitchen to the lightstand and little Shaker chair to enjoy the sparkling humor, the warm home radiance, the neatness and seemliness which made the place akin to poetry and clear thoughts."

Kitchen photo: Paula's kitchen at Elm Street Antiques

18 comments:

  1. It speaks to me too ~ I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing. I have always loved reading the words of the many women who have gone before us. Oftentimes, they are proof that as stated in the book of Ecclesiastes, "there's nothing new under the sun". The human heart still has the same joys, sorrows, longings and fulfillments throughout the ages.
    ~Danette

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  2. How beautiful! And perfect for me! I have a new kitchen and I love lavender and poetry! I need to copy this poem and print it out. Our worlds are not so far apart...in location OR time!

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  3. Mmm...I feel a bit whisked away!! Quite lovely! Thank you for sharing!!
    Blessings,
    Becky :o)

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  4. That's a wonderful bit of prose...I've rarely felt that moved by my kitchen, but I'd like to! Funny that we're both thinking kitchen thoughts these days...

    Meant to tell you that the scones were even better the second day. We toasted the leftovers and hmmmm, they had taken on all the flavors of all the ingredients. They're definitely in the keeper pile.

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  5. What a lovely quote!

    The beach in my picture was in S.California, one of my favorite beaches.

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  6. I love this quote also. I just wish I had more light in my kitchen. I love big kitchens with sunlight spilling in.

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  7. Oh what a happy place her kitchen was. I enjoyed spending time there, if only for a couple of minutes!
    Valerie

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  8. This is very nice, thanks for sharing it with us!

    I had to come over to take a look at Sally! Pretty girl!

    Katherine

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  9. Ah yes..I love that quote and it does take me away to a beautiful setting.I have many books , pictures and quotes that do that for me. what a gift from God.

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  10. That is a lovely quote. It speaks about how a house is made into a home. Which is such an important process. Clarice

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  11. That is a great quote. I'm saving your blog so I can come back and read more of your past posts. Thanks.

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  12. I loved that---and paid attention to oyur highlighted words, as well--just reading it brought comfort thoughts of home and what home should be...beautiful post.
    Deby

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  13. That is a beautiful quote. Thanks for sharing it with us. It really speaks to me of how lovely and special everyday things are if we take time to notice.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit. You have a great weekend, too.

    Hugs!

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  14. What nice pictures from the antique store. I particularly like the little cow creamer. I have one that's white, but this brown cow is really sweet.

    Jody

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  15. What a lovely quote. You can almost see her sitting in her kitchen enjoying her books just by reading her words. Sounds like a place I would like to spend some time. A beautiful post.

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  16. What a lovely quote!
    A beautiful post.

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  17. This also speaks to me. Very pretty. Happy Sunday!

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  18. The author really painted a beautiful picture with her words. She probably had no idea how timeless they would be.

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