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How on Earth did we manage? Note the complete absence of a microwave oven, electronic pop-up toaster, induction or halogen cook top, stainless steel teflon coated (nasty!) frying pans, instant boil jugs, kitchen whizzes, steam and dry irons, vacuum cleaner – and all the mod cons we have today, without which no modern household would be complete!

Imagine instead a glowing wood fire and a delicious beef or mutton stew bubbling away in the hanging pot, filling the house with mouth watering aromas… potatoes boiling away in another, ready for a healthy dinner. Just turn on the tap in the kettle for instant hot water for a nice cuppa tea, then after dinner, take one of the irons which has been heating up beside the fire – use a cloth,as the handle is hot – and make sure your Sunday best is nice and pressed…..

This kitchen shows how it was in the “olden days” and is in the Bradman Pioneer Cottage at the Temora Regional Museum, in the Riverina region of NSW. A visit there cannot be recommended highly enough!

Nikon D80, Sigma 17-70mm @ 17mm, hand held. Program setting, 1/5 sec @ f 2.8, ISO 400, Pattern metering, Auto Exp & WB. Then, would you believe, I mucked around with it a bit in Photoshop Elements 3.


australia, new south wales, temora regional museum, riverina, bradman pioneer cottage, kitchen, fire place, pots, kettles, irons, cast iron, enamel, george petrovsky

An old photographer and his dog trying to find what turns a photograph into a worthwhile picture. Perhaps try to take a worthwhile photograph in the first place? The digital darkroom is a creative, fascinating place. If only I could learn to use it and the cameras I have to best effect… I love “mucking around”, as you can see!

Now, you know all my stuff is Copyright If you try and pinch any of it, I’ll jump through your screen and rip your bloody arms off!

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  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Dalealmost 2 years ago

    Another beauty from this comprehensive museum. Excellent processing and again congrats on the clarity, at 1/5 sec! You did not mention turning the churn or the mincer … two kitchen related activities I remember well from my childhood and which helped to overcome the need to go ‘work out’ in an artificial environment to help keep fit!

  • Thanks very much for the Fave, Rosalie – much appreciated! The Sigma lens is performing well and I’m less fearful of bumping up the ISO. Once again, this was taken through glass, with the lens right up against it. Must see if I have a churn or mincer pic I can put up for you! Yes, I used to be the mincer operator in our kitchen when Mum made traditional little minced beef “piroshki”. If only I had the know-how to make them now…. maybe, one day…. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertalmost 2 years ago

    Great collection of cookware from the past….Beautifully captured George..:)

  • Thanks very much for your visit and comments, Thomas – and I appreciate your adding this picture to your Favourites! Could a modern family cope in this low-tech kitchen? Where to start?:)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyalmost 2 years ago

    What a wonderful capture..Reading your article, is making me search the kitchen right now..
    Fantastic image…

  • Thanks very much, Carol, for your visit and comments – much appreciated! Are you looking to update your kitchen appliances and get a set of the latest food-resistant pots and frying pans? :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinalealmost 2 years ago

    Love your descriptions George… I’ve gotta say though whilst this might be great once a week or so, it’s hard work without the mod cons when there’s way too many things chewing up our time nowadays :D

  • G’day, Maree! Thanks very much for the fave – much appreciated! There is a huge gulf between the perceived “romance” of the olden days and reality! Imagine the bloody hard work involved in feeding a family of twelve or so (no TV in those days!) using these utensils. Up to three times a day. Every day. Every week. For years and years! The only drive – thru in those days was a long drive through the bush along bumpy tracks – horse and cart, of course – to the nearest town to pick up those supplies which you couldn’t grow yourself…. Back then, were those hardy souls the true Master Chefs?
    Sure, I love the taste of a meal cooked in the great outdoors, in a seasoned cast iron camp oven, over a camp fire, with damper to mop up the sauce… but it’s quite a few years since I’ve enjoyed those delights. Way too many other things chewing up my time too.
    Must go and get some more wood to put under the boiler which powers my steam driven laptop!

    – George Petrovsky

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinalealmost 2 years ago

    LOL. Can just imagine. I wouldn’t trust it on my lap :)
    Yes BLOODY hard work.
    Now that we don’t have to do all that we fill our days with other STUFF… thank God some of it includes photography :)

  • Absolutely! Snap to it! I’m having this new fangled eelectricitee connected tomorrow…… :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 2 years ago

    Superbly captured George.

  • G’day Julie! Thanks very much for your fave – glad you like this old kitchen capture. This Museum is a must to visit – so much fascinating old stuff there! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • GailD
    GailDalmost 2 years ago

    I do remember George. We had a Metters stove & a couple of these utensils. Food did taste different then.
    Great shot.

  • G’day Gail! Yep, somehow food done in the heavy cast iron or enameled cookware tastes different! The best roast chooks I ever tasted came out of a Kookaburra slow combustion stove! Glad you like this! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 2 years ago

    OCTOBER 21st, 2012
    See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ► *Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

  • Thank you very much Mary – I’m very pleased for this picture to appear in the Gallery! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 2 years ago

    October 23rd, 2012
    ►See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

  • Thank you once again, Mary! I’m always delighted at having my work appear in the Gallery! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovalmost 2 years ago

    grass was greener, sky bluer, food yammier, people… great capture, George!

  • Thanks very much, Nikolay! What we take for granted now was not even a dream back then – for most.

    – George Petrovsky

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