A stay clean orange scrubber

Yes, that's what I thought too. You're thinking that's too good to be true right? It's what I was thought when Kuhn Rikon sent me one of their stay clean scrubbers, that and how it reminded me of sticklebricks!

Image credit: Kuhn Rikon

Image credit: Kuhn Rikon

It was much less like a sticklebrick when it arrived though. It's made of silicone which gives it a soft, flexible feel, which is just what you want from something you'll be using on your pots and pans. And I didn't mind the orange either, although if that's not your colour it's also available in white, red, blue and green.

It claims that you'll have no more smelly sponges, and let's be fair sponges can get pretty smelly which is why I don't have one. There's one in the kitchen at work and I can't bear to touch it to move it out of the sink, let alone use it anywhere near my mug. Kuhn Rikon say because silicone dries faster it doesn't harbour the bacteria, like a normal sponge does. And to give it a thorough clean you can just pop it into the microwave. Being silicone it's also dishwasher safe and heat resistant up to 260 degrees C.

So how did I get on?

Well, all in the name of research you understand I'd managed to burn something on my frying pan. I can't remember what, but it wasn't shifting and it seemed just the thing to try this on. There are apparently over 5000 silicone bristles on each scrubber - I took them at their word for this! 

Using the orange scrubber on my frying pan

So I set to work. And shortly after MOH got in on the act too. He is the master cleaner in this house, so it was useful to have his view. And he approved too.

MOH taking over the scrubbing

And now it's firmly positioned in our washing up caddy which lives by the side of the sink. I said before I didn't mind the orange, looking at this caddy it seems I'm not the matching kind of girl I thought I was, more of one that's happy with any colour whether it's lime green, orange or pink - and even the washing up liquid is blue. 

My scrubber by Kuhn Rikon's new home

And I'm already trying to work out if I could borrow it once a week to take to work to give my mug there a proper clean. As carrying a silicone sponge will be way easier than bringing the mug home each time it needs a clean. And when I take it to work - you see, it's already a when - there's no way I'm leaving it by the sink, as I'm pretty sure I won't be the only one impressed by it.

I never realised that silicone could be quite so versatile, but it really seems to be. Who knew.


This is a collaborative post with Kuhn Rikon, but all views are my own.

The rooftops of Blois

There's something about rooftops. Something that makes you look, or makes me look anyway. I think it's the shapes they make, and the maze of chimneys and the patina of the tiles. And that's before I start to imagine what life under each rooftop might be like. Yes, I could look at rooftops for quite a while.

Looking at the rooftops of Blois from the chateau

In Blois I got to do just that as we neared the end of our visit to the Royal Palais du Blois - you haven't missed that post, I'm starting at the end. Not very logical I know, but I'm putting it down to the lure of the rooftops.  I mean, just look at the church below, and you'll see what I mean.

Often looking across the rooftops you'll spot a church

Angles galore, as well as a round bit. And the house on the left of the picture with two windows at the front in the mansard roof, with the triangular section above - now, do you think that one room, or more? I'm sure it'd be fabulously decorated too, or perhaps just an attic crammed with a family's history. Who knows. 

snippets of daily life

This has to be, I think one of the quirkiest roof shapes. I've no idea how the lower triangular roof works, but it made for a great shot.  

And quirky roofs too

In the picture below you can make out the bridge over the Loire, roughly in the middle, with its arches.  

Rooftops in front of and beyond the bridge

And as I turned I caught the spire of the chapel through the trees. 

The chapel spire through the trees

Moving from out of the tree it was easier to see the detail of the spire, although with the sun shining brightly my shot has more of a silhouette feel to it. But it shows it off rather well, look at the shadow of the detail on the ridge too.  

looking into the sun

And a final roof, where in fact the roof while quite chateau-like, isn't what caught my eye. The gold monsters roared out of the windows at the Museum of Magic encouraging people in. Or in our case to stop and admire them and then hurry past!

the museum of magic in blois

So, are you a rooftop admirer? 

My week this week: Discovery

It's been a week full of discoveries for me, one I've already written about and that's what was on the other side of the fence in the Flower Garden at Greenwich Park. Curiosity got the better of me; while I could see some of the flowers as I walked past, the echinacea were completely hidden so were a lovely surprise.  

Its been another hot one, hasn't it? Our squash rate for bitey-things in the garden continues to soar as we hone our skills and reflexes. MOH is still getting the brunt of the bites, but thankfully they don't seem quite as bad as before. I'm writing this sat in the garden and it's unusually so, so quiet and its lovely. 

It's been warm at work too and lunchtimes have been spent outside and in the shade. My office doesn't have air conditioning, which has been hard work at times. But with some adjustment - mine and opening the door and window, it hasn't been quite as bad as I thought it might be. Even on the hottest of days. 

We've been spending a lot of time outside and have just finished a barbecue of venison loin chops, red peppers, endives and potatoes and onions from the allotment along with a blackberry sauce I had in the freezer. Earlier in the week I wasn't sure this would happen as our barbecue was playing up.

Last weekend we replaced the gas cylinder, but then the gas regulator stopped working, so after some hasty Internet shopping a new one was sourced, ordered, delivered and fitted and we're back cooking on gas. Yay! When it's this warm we avoid cooking in the kitchen at all, if we can, so it's been good to get it working again. 

Another discovery this week has been some photos I thought were lost. While looking for something else - isn't that always the way? - I found photos from our trips and holidays in 2010 and 2011. This included a trip to York, a day out at Brogdale, walking around Dersingham Bog and our two weeks in Pisa and the Cinque Terre in Italy, so it was a great rediscovery to make. 

There's lots more too, so even when I wasn't blogging I took lots of photos, who knew! The photo below is from the Cinque Terre and is graffiti on one of the tunnelled walkways linking the towns. Given the disaster they're currently experiencing in Italy it seemed an appropriate one to share. And a timely discovery; and yes, eventually I found what I was looking for. 



And in slightly more mundane news, MOH found a replacement toilet seat for the small scale Italian toilet in our bathroom. It's had a wobble for a while but now the new one is here and has been fitted. And thank goodness for neighbours who are in during the day, this week he's been a godsend. And he even delivered the collection of parcels he amassed on our behalf...

How's your week been?