On Tuesday, Huub, Ingrid and Anne-Loes visited for lunch and after the meal we offered coffee, but mentioned that it was made in a fairly haphazard way (boiling water being poured through ground coffee in a filter) because the coffee maker was dead. At which stage Ingrid said something to Huub in Dutch, which I suspect Huub repeated in English, saying they had a second coffee maker that wasn't being used and would we like it?
So now we have a very smart looking filter coffee maker that is so much better than our old (12€ from Intermarché) filter coffee maker, which also makes better coffee. Result! Thank you Ingrid and Huub for your kind generosity!
Another result is our "tea niche".
Our kitchen isn't square: the wall against which we have the sink hits the laundry wall at an angle of 14.8°. This meant that we were going to have to have a stretch of "filler" - a blank panel - to fill the gap between the end of the cupboards and the wall to make it look all neat. Then I had a though and asked Stéphane to custom build us a little angled cupboard to fill in the gap. This cupboard has no door, but is perfect for keeping teabags, a small sugar bowl and a teapot in close proximity to the kettle.
This means that we have used an otherwise unusable space and that when uncle Geoff visits he can access tea constantly throughout the day without have to find the makings.