Well, I would say this would be just about PERFECT for me! And yes, I’d move in in a heartbeat and live in the little gardener’s shed if someone would let me. (I don’t take up too much room) 😀
Of course, 200 yrs ago, the real kitchen gardens, which served Kew Palace and Mad King George were enormous, but thank goodness the land has been given over to the gardeners. Also, thank goodness this little representation remains.
Let’s have a look, shall we?
It’s a walled garden! Isn’t this the absolutely most sensible way to garden in the world?
I’m thinking, “where can I get my hands on a few thousand beautiful old bricks to wall in my own garden?”
The south wall and the north wall.
How hard can it be to to make a bunch of these charming cloches? I’m going to try to figure them out. A bit of glass, a bit of leaded strips, a bit of solder…
Here’s the charming gardener’s cottage. The perfect place to have tea.
And now, I suppose all the beautiful produce had to be prepared somewhere. Let’s have a look at the royal kitchens.
The kitchens are somewhat below ground to keep them cool, but still have light and a view to the garden.
I really would call this shabby chic to the MAX!
Lovely old wood burners, lime washed walls, stone floors, old patina on pipes, rustic wood.
These were the food preparation areas…
…and this was the cooking kitchen.
This space is two stories tall to get all the heat to rise and vent out.
And what’s on the second floor?
Accounting offices, chef’s offices, and offices where the Kew Palace staff organised meals.
Robbie read that the kitchen processed over 300 chickens per month in that ledger.
I suppose this is also the place for a glass of something in the evening.
(Related: Check this review of wine bottle openers on the website of Kitchenistic)
Or a cup of tea.
And, further into the kitchens, are larders full of processed seasonal foods stored for the future.
Did you enjoy your visit? I did.
Do we all want to run out and build a walled kitchen garden and shabby chic the heck out of our kitchens?
Yup, I know the feeling. 😀 Kew Palace next time 😀