Just a little update on the new kitchen. The joiner (carpenter) who is coming to fit the kitchen said he would “be here in the middle of this week at the earliest” we are interpreting this as probably next week. These oak worktops are supposed to be oiled and, indeed the oil came with them. However, as my MIL (85) lives with us and is likely to use all sorts of chemical sprays on any available surface (and will not be told) we decided that it was safer to varnish them. The joiner says this will be fine and at least they will maintain their fabulous finish. The varnish is matt so it really doesn’t show at all.
I was really excited when I saw how gorgeous the worktops look and how well they match our wooden floor. Mind you we have spent all weekend moving them, painting them and stepping over them!