Out with the old ……..

Being a woman of thrift, I like to hang onto things, possibly past their sell-by date. Sadly, I decided that this beloved purse/wallet/thing that holds money was not really fit to be taken out in public any more. I had noticed some rather natty ones in a shop window down Main St so took the reckless decision to discard the old one and hunt for a new one.

More importantly, after nearly three years of cooking on a ceramic hob with a built-in oven underneath that has never worked, Partner made the mistake of saying he would knock it out if we bought a new freestanding cooker.

Admittedly we have had this conversation repeatedly for the last three years, but it has never got to the ‘I’ve got some free time, I’ll do it now’ stage.

I dragged him down to the shop. When I say dragged, I literally mean that. For someone who invariably walks quite briskly, he suddenly seemed to have developed a serious case of oscillating between first and reverse gear (in pedestrian terms).

Nevertheless we got there before the shop closed for lunch. I don’t really know why I took him as I could have guessed which one he would have chosen anyway. The most expensive model in the shop in black. Exactly like the previous two range cookers he has also chosen, except one was gas, one was a gas Rayburn, and this is electric.

Although Gib is quite limited in choices for some things – there are loads of cookers. There are the Spanish manufacturers such as Balay and Fagor, various others – eg Bosch, and at the shop we went to, Belling and Stoves. If you want to spend big money, you can get a Rangemaster. (For stockists of all these – see end of post)

We paid our deposit and went happily back home. After gazing at the useless oven and the fully functioning hob – and the built-in brick surround, Partner could wait no longer and decided to start work.

Out came the oven.

Next, out came the saw to chop through the wooden worktop.

Next – whack! – he started demolishing the brick supports. A good evening’s work.


Bosch and Balay available at RDA, Horse Barrack Lane and New Harbours
Stoves and Belling available at Popay, City Mill Lane

I have used both these firms and can recommend them, reasonable prices and a good choice of models.

They will deliver and install the equipment included in the price. They will also take away the old models.

Fagor is available at Bush House, Town Range, and Rangemaster at Interbuild, New Harbours. I haven’t used either of these so can’t comment either way.


6 comments on “Out with the old ……..

  1. oh I wanted a Rangemaster when we got our kitchen refitted 4 years ago, but my kitchen fitter (not husband!) kind of misunderstood what I was wanting, ended up with something quite different, hob, oven and barbeque grill on the side, with a glass plate over it.Only used it two or three times, (the barbeque grill) cos it takes coals, which are heated by the element, we made mistake of leaving the coals after first usage, leaving them in place.Only to be faced when we lifted the glass plate up a few months later, with severe mould on the coals! I am glad you are happy with your new oven, how lovely to have a man who can "do". ;0DLetty


  2. I have a query.I wondered why whenever you remove something from a kitchen, be it cupboard or oven, etc, when you pull it out, the wall at the back is always painted darkish yellow!Ours was exactly the same!Good news on the oven!


  3. OK, just figured out you live in Spain, which explains why you are on FB in the middle of the night, my time. I am not related to your upstairs neighbors, I just happen to work from 4PM to midnight, and thank-you for explaining why women post their bra colors.Morgan & Maisie say hi to Pippa.


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