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Oh I love your bathroom!! The mirror with the spirals with an end pointing left is the corresponding symbol, saying, "coming from."
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I love that toilet seat, Firle! I never saw a flush like that before. Is that the way most toilets in Germany are made? I can't remember what they were like when I was there in 1972.

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In 1972 you probably saw a lever at the side of the tank, or a push lever inserted into the top and to one side of it.

These days, this is what you get when the tank is inserted into the wall, basically. Most people like that, it looks more ... elegant, I think.

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I agree. It does look lots better.

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So, in 1972, it was more like we have them now.

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Yes, although some of the American flush systems really confuse me. And I have seen some where you need to pull on a knob.

You see, the water never rises in our toilets. It just rushes down and gets distributed and flushes everything out while doing so.

We also don't have a shelf where things land. (Well, those still exist but they have become rare.) It's just a collection area below the water level.

Now this has become quite the delicate topic! I shall move on to my kitchen soon.

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I am finding this very interesting and this is the sort of thing I wanted to know. It sounds like your toilets are better.

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whilst I am very interested in seeing peoples homes, I am nosey!
I am more interested in the food! emoticon

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And I have seen some where you need to pull on a knob.

Still have that at home - as our toilet is almost as it was made in 70's.

Finland's a dark bread country, often rye. I don't eat breakfast myself (maybe a kiwi or such when I was in school and working), but many have some type of porridge.


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Kaunist: I've seen those in Scandinavia...

Today, I'm going to show you parts of my kitchen.

This is the view of my kitchen from the hallway. The door is actually white, and I have two slim windows set into it. (That paper light is also in the hallway.) I just wanted you to see as much of it as possible.

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The next picture shows my little eating corner in the kitchen. That table actually folds up against the cupboard, if I want to. I usually eat breakfast there, but most other meals in front of my computer... not good, but eh.

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And this is basically my whole kitchen. You can see the back of the chair from my breakfast table.

There's my dishwasher and sink. Both are raised because the pipe taking the used water back out is above the ground... so we had to put in a base and then have the dishwasher and sink. I like it, because I don't have to bend over much to wash dishes in the sink.

At the very end is my stove and cooker, which I'll show in more detail tomorrow.

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Lovely Firle.

we have a paper balloon lightshade on our landing also.. I like them

and you get a dishwasher in your kitchen! amazed...! our kitchen is small, but perhaps just a tad bigger than yours? or not,, we don`t have room for a dishwasher...

and that is the reason I don`t take many photos of my house! emoticon too much real life!

you are brave..
love the balcony!

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Thanks for sharing pictures of your kitchen, Firle. Looks to be very efficient.

On the wall to the left of your eating corner is a little sign with what appears to be Chinese characters. Do you know what they mean?
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Sue: It means "peace".

When I started redecorating my hallway, I wanted to create a picture with three words in Chinese characters that are symbolic for my life.

They are "wisdom, healing, and peace". I practiced them a little with watercolors and somehow didn't want to throw that one away.

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Made me realize that in Finnish kitchen the table is almost always next to window and I do mean right at wall without a seat at that end.
Unless it's a very big kitchen/dining room and table.

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Well, the only window in my kitchen is also the balcony door, so ...

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Yes! I want to see real life and in real life people have stuff out that they use.

Your kitchen is nice and compact. I would probably never use the table. I always eat at the computer. I like your dishwasher and sink. They look convenient. I wish I had a back splash above my sink. Yours looks like ceramic tile.

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Yes, it is plain white ceramic tile. emoticon

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[sign in to see URL] love your sign. emoticon My hairdresser has the Chinese sign for "Serenity" tattooed on her [sign in to see URL]'s beautiful. As is your sign.
I like your kitchen a lot, especially the raised sink. I'm rather tall and my sink gives me such a back ache from doing the 45 degree bend to wash dishes by hand...
And don't [sign in to see URL] and I eat dinner in the living room while watching the news unless we have something messy or when Mom and Dad come over! emoticon

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My sink and counters are at elbow height for me and so I don't bend at all, but then, I am a good foot shorter than Queeny.

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Very cool thread!!! Well, I can tell you this coming from a Remodeling Contractor here in the middle of the US. Plumbing fixture trends hit here last... Especially in Missouri!

Your wall mounted toilet: They have been here for a bit but are considered high level luxury units. We have put in a couple in recent years and they were from a German company.
The handheld shower on adjustable rod has been around a long time but getting much more popular in recent couple years. It seems like all you folks on that side of "the pond" get it engineered just right before us yanks are willing to try it out emoticon

This is very interesting. In the picture, the bread almost looks like sausage or fruit cake without the fruit. It sounds very good though. I don't like our white bread either. much prefer whole wheat or heavier. It is interesting your bathroom is adjacent to the kitchen. I don't think I have ever seen that here... I understand the 2 door rule as the reason behind it is probably similar to why it is not done here. (sanitary) BUT, the logic of its placement in an old house that never had one is sound to be near the main plumbing...

Thank you again, I am enjoying this.

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Our downstairs bathroom is just off the kitchen, right inside the back door. It was a modern add-on, just put in by the previous owners before we bought the house.

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I am loving this thread and your home Firle! Your kitchen might be small but it looks so efficient.

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Thank you, all! Your comments really make me enjoy showing you parts of my life! I have more ideas already.

Anyway, here's my stove and cooker unit. That one has a bit of a history, actually. (And it's getting to be about 20 years old. Time flies!)

So while we were still living in another flat, we went to a farmers' trade fair. And my husband wanted to buy a large pot (we call them goose cookers) there, they are made from enamelled metal, and are oblong. I think a small goose might actualy fit...

Anyway, there was this tent set up by a very well known German brand (Miele), and while they offered the cookers, they also had a little raffle for a stove and cooking range. Both of us filled in the cards and dropped them into that box - and totally forgot about them.

Well, five months later, I got a letter from the company, saying that I had won one of their combinations. Back then, the value was ~ 3,000 German Marks.

We had to do some wild remodeling of that kitchen, and of course, we took it with us when we moved here.

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Cooking range. This is ceramic glass (not sure what you call it). Back then, it was really new. I can say it has kept very well.

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I keep a part of it covered, since I rarely need more than two ... erm... cooking spots. And I need the storage space more.

And here's a view of what I have there, plus the fume hood. (Don't laugh. That's what my online dic says.)

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And that ends my kitchen series, I think. Next up (but I have to take pics) is the bed. We do things quite differently there.

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we call the cooker hoods Firle. love the oven ...quality!

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Firle!!!! My oven and range is very similar!!!! I can't believe it!

That is wonderful that you won this oven and range top free! I love the ceramic flat top range.

I use half of mine for storage space, too. However, I am afraid to cook on the front without taking everything off. I see that your storage stuff is on a board. That is a good idea and would make removing things much easier. I think that is one reason I rarely use my stove top. I need it more for storage. The inside of my oven is full of storage, too.

My cook top is attached to my oven. Is yours attached, or is the cook top a separate thing? Are both parts electric? I am sure that the top is.

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Miele is famous for high end appliances. You have a cute little kitchen, Firle.

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Susa, yes, both parts are electric, and they are connected. Those knobs in front are both for the range and the oven (First four to the left for the range, the other two for selecting heat and the kind of oven setting - it can be heated in different ways.)

And how funny that yours is just like that! Awesome!

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I just realized I forgot to show you my fridge and microwave. So I ran and took pics.

They are opposite the stove, and hard to get on camera - I can't step far enough back!

Anyway here's the fridge. I only bought it 2 years ago, for better insulation and lower electricity bills. It was the smallest one available, and it didn't have the energy efficiency class that I orginally wanted. But it was the only one that fit into that space. It has the fridge part on top, and a little freezer part at the bottom, where the footstool is.

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And here's a little closeup of the spice rack. I have most of my spices on the stove hood, though.

And if you look closely, you can see the edges of the bathroom. That is not the norm for German houses, though. It's an unconventional solution for an old house.

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Yes! Very much so!

I am glad that you posted the pictures of your refrigerator.

Last night, just as I was falling asleep, I was thinking, "Firle didn't post pictures of her refrigerator." emoticon

I was going to make sure that I remembered first thing in the morning to ask you to show pictures of your refrigerator.

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I love how everything has a spot. You made great use of the space!

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