We have had some dramatic changes in the kitchen in the last couple of weeks. While I was cooking dinner nearly a fortnight ago, I left the kitchen briefly, then heard a small explosion and tinkle of glass as I came back into the kitchen. The ceramic cooktop had exploded into a million pieces, just like the old windscreens used to. That caused quite a stir, I can tell you. Fortunately I was only using one hotplate and had finished cooking anyway - and no pieces of glass went into it either! Bill took about an hour and a half after dinner to clean up the mess and remove the 20 year old cooktop. Of course the next day we had to go shopping for one which would fit in the hole.
This is what we were able to buy, and I think they walked it up from Brisbane, it took so long to arrive - of course nothing was available for immediate collection in Mackay. However, by Thursday night this was installed - very flash with no knobs, just pressure points (sorry, Bill says they are capacitance points) at the front. All very easy to clean.
Of course I had to try it out thoroughly with some grapefruit I had been given - I had thought I would need to resort to the microwave, but the results are below.
There was a deal of excitement from next door last Thursday as well - they are installing a swimming pool and it was dropped into the hole very late in the afternoon - with rain threatening all the time! We had a grandstand view from the upstairs deck of our house. There is almost no garden area left next door now, and they have installed a 6 foot timber fence as our boundary fence. We are not entirely happy with that, will see what happens with drainage in the next downpour!
I am hoping if you double click on these photos they will all enlarge, they always used to, but blogger is doing such strange things lately I am not sure any more.