About as prosaic as you can get, my wmashing machine stopped yesterday. I had the choice of buying a new safety door catch (a unit with the electric switch) and the rubber collar for once opened up I discovered it had a hole in it. Now the machine is twelve years old and I calculated I’ve had at least an extra four years on it by fairly regular maintenance with tightening and fitting new belts when needed. So I said to myself, if I had to have a man in to fit the switch and collar, then include the cost of the two parts, it made no sense not to buy a new machine for it would cost near enough half that of a basic replacement. Plus, even if I fitted the new parts there was no knowing if it would fix the issue. Anyhoos, there is a new machine installed. It’s A++ rated, and fits about 6Kg or 8lbs of clothes. I’m really glad it happened now and not in the cold a few months from now, for there’s nothing worse than messing about with water in the winter.

Really, so George Clooney is married.


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10 Responses to Neu-ne-newness

  1. Ed says:

    I didn’t have the slightest idea what a mashing machine was until you mentioned the clothes part at the end. I’m guessing now that it is what we call a clothes washer. For items like that, I have had pretty good luck looking for used parts online. The hardest part is identifying which part is the bad part and once that is determined, type in the part number online and generally I can find lots to choose from. But getting a repair person out to diagnose the part and going through their new part supplier is almost always not worth it with modern appliances. It is a shame since the old appliance gets thrown away for the most part.

    Love the picture of the cows. I’m sure there is a poster in that one if someone more clever than I came up with a punch line.

    • V.H says:

      I tend to get depreciation plus a few years out of most big items. Leastwise I did. Nowadays you sorta have to plug in the costs of power and water because the difference over a few years can negate the gain in keeping the thing alive. Here, in this situation I felt that well yes I could get a few more months but then something else with go kaput and by the end of a year I’d have more or less bought a new machine moneywise but still have to nurse the old one along. For next it would be springs then pumps or/and pipes.

      (Chuckle) I missed the ‘m’. And thanks on the animals, I put a caption. They’re mixed bullocks and heifers.

      • Ed says:

        Now I’m the one chuckling. It never occurred to me that it was a typo. I thought Irish people probably called them a clothes masher!

  2. Kimberly says:

    LOVE the cows shot AND the caption. Looks like your fog is around, and I was quite surprised to see sheep on that mountain?!?! Really?
    Good for you on the new appliance. It’s always a balancing act with keeping the old working and not paying as much as a new one isn’t it. I’m always somewhat relieved when the cost of a new one proves itself to be the better option…just not having to worry about it breaking down anymore. I’m playing that game with my washer/dryer now too. The fact that they’re the cost of my mortgage has pushing it farther than I probably should.
    The new ones are better at saving energy and water too, which cuts more costs.
    New appliances make me a little giddy…have you been washing your clothes all day just because!?!?! 😉

    • V.H says:

      Yes, there’s sheep on the mountain. Not as many nowadays as in the past but still a few thousands. They’re why Jess doesn’t get free rein in summer like in the winter when there’s none.
      I think it’s always good to price it out that way you know if it’s giving value. Plus with me, it stops me getting new stuff before the other has lived it’s value. And if it lives longer than say six years you’ll be delighted.
      You have a dryer& washer combined ?. I doubt even richest people have any here. Driers are used here to air clothes and run around ten minutes a week.
      And yeppers, I’m looking for stuff to clean. Four loads, and only really needed one.

      • Kimberly says:

        Are they someone’s sheep? Who is bringing them up there? Do people live on the mountain? I don’t know why, but I would never have guessed.
        I paid the last owners of my house a couple hundred to let me keep the washer and dryer, so they’re at least 9 years old, probably more like 12 or 13. They get the job done, but I’ve had a couple of leak repairs and the dryer lost its heat a couple of years ago which had to be fixed. But other than that, they keep on ticking. I’m in the same place with my car.
        I would think with your wet weather, you would have more need for a dryer than anyone here does, and even so I don’t know anyone here who doesn’t have one. It’s only used about a once a week for a load, maybe two as I hang dry most of my clothes after washing. I wonder how often you all forget your laundry is drying outside only to have it rain and you have to start all over again. Is it more of a “Nah, we don’t need it” thing or is it that it’s cost prohibitive?
        Ha ha ha! It’s always more fun (short-lived) to do chores with new household tools.

        • V.H says:

          Oh it’s the cost. The power company is state owned and the only provider.

          Yes most farmers saw the mountain as an extension to their farms if their land abutted. But even with free grasing there’s no money in sheep.

  3. Kelly says:

    I just love that cow shot (of course). As for the caption – I’m debating posting a small rant. I’m not a fan.

    I’ve had dryer woes lately, but I’m hoping our (more his, than our) repairs over the weekend have solved the problem. Just put in a load, so we’ll see.

    So the sheep are left to graze without fences? Do they leave dogs with them anywhere for protection? (as in those that would herd and guard as opposed to those like Jess who would chase and bother) Are they wool sheep or for food? (or maybe for both?)

    • V.H says:

      Yep, the whole thing is open, about 25 square miles of it, and probably a bit more. There’s a lot of such open mountain here in Ireland.
      There was a tendency to overstock and this lead to the State blocking the huge numbers. I can remember as a kid there would be 10,000 sheep up there, and maybe half that number all year round. They would lamb up there too, mostly. They would be brought down to separate out the male lambs and to shear off the fleece.
      But back in the 70s, wool collapsed. It went from ‘a’ return to costing money to pay someone to do the shearing. Luckily about then the French market opened for lamb without any fat. But now, it’s gone to the point where there’s no money even in that.
      Jess doesn’t chase them, what she want to do is herd them.
      But no, there’s no reason to have watch dogs like in Romania. We’ve nothing that a would attack bigger than a fox.

      I hope the dryer works.

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