Thursday, 16 June 2016

Lessen the stress of buying a new washing machine

This is what I used to keep me calm while searching t'internet for a new washing machine! Home made scones with the home made strawberry jam and a nice big mug of coffee.

When I tried to switch my 18 year old washing machine on this morning all the lights just kept flashing, not for the first time!  dodgy electronics is a major problem and I nearly bought a new one when we moved here. Up to today I've switched on and off a few times and it's been OK. Add to this the grubby rubber seal that's starting to perish and leak a bit and the fact that modern machines use less electric, I decided it was time to fork out for a new one.
I started by googling washing machine reviews, then had a look on Amazon and ended up on ao.com as they do free delivery if you choose the right day and £20 off for first order from them. Then a very nice girl rang up to offer me free disposal of the old machine"are you sure it's free? " I asked and she assured me it was an extra bonus for being a first time customer. I've not paid the extra for having it connected as Col says he is feeling well enough to do that. Fingers crossed.
What I won't like is having to learn how to use a new appliance - patience ( i.e reading the instruction booklet properly) is not a virtue of mine!


Thank you for all the comments about charity shops. The Oxfam bookshop would be my first choice for a place to volunteer and my least favourite would be somewhere where there is nothing to do! ( like the people who sit in a room for the National Trust, just occasionally answering questions from visitors, that would drive me nuts). The problem with the bookshop is that's in the town centre so I'd need to pay for bus ticket or car parking - neither are cheap. Anyway I'm not really looking for  a volunteering job at the moment because  with the stem cell treatment coming up soon Col will be be unwell before getting better again so now isn't the right time.

And of course as soon as he is really well again we will be off in our caravan  visiting all those places that I listed somewhere.

Sorry I didn't get round to replying to all the comments. Faith asked about a Suffolk blogger meet up, a lovely idea but are there enough of us? Me, you and Sadie - anyone else in Suffolk ( is there anybody out there?!) Sadie asked if I enjoyed the weather - NO! I got absolutely SOAKED after dropping Col off at hospital and then going to Sainsburys where they had a massive sudden downpour just as I was going back to the car - no rain back at the hospital. The downpour got to this side of Ipswich in the afternoon  and flooded the front driveway! Prolific commentator Galant said she didn't like the cats in the puzzle, well that's OK as you're not doing it - and the "other cottage" is actually a shed!

Welcome to 2 new followers - Sue ( lots of Sues around!) and candbharrison

Back in a day or two or three
Sue

24 comments:

  1. Have you thought of asking at your local library they now use helpers.

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    1. They do have volunteers but I've seen them just standing around waiting to help someone - I like to be busier than that.

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  2. We also bought a washer online. It was cheaper as the supplier does not have to employ sales people nor keep a show room. The price included delivery (next day), installation and taking the old one away. Bonus! Oh, and they vacuumed the hallway as they were worried about their boots leaving marks (god bless 'em!)

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    1. I think this on line supplier keeps the cost of their machines down by charging extra for everything else like £6 to take a way the packaging materials!

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  3. I think your washing machine deserves a medal for 18 years' service! My goodness, only my previous fridge/freezer lasted longer than that, and that doesn't have to spin every day!
    I didn't mean to upset you about the moggies in the puzzle. Actually, I love cats, I just thought there were too many in that one. And if the other 'cottage' is a shed, I need to go to Specsavers, har, har!
    I've had root canal work done this morning on a toofypeg. It wasn't as bad as I anticipated, I have an lovely, gentle dentist. But it's only the first part of this treatment, three more sessions to go (all for one tooth!) Margaret P
    PS I love scones and jam! Ooh, that photo has made my mouth water (well, dribble as I'm still a bit numb!)

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  4. Wow your old washing machine served you well. Your scones look very tasty xx

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  5. We bought all our appliances through ao.com excellent service we had no appliances when we moved here as they were all built in at the other house, we got a cash back offer from them a cheque for £120 turned up 1 month later as well as free delivery :-)

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  6. Have you thought of joining U3A? I'm sure you'd find some interesting groups you could join and there's no on-going commitment if you're time is limited.

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  7. 18 years! Water must be pretty soft in suffolk. Hard as nails here, washing machines and kettles look like caverns after a couple of years!

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    1. No, we have really hard water. I think it's lasted because I've used mainly the same programmes and haven't fiddled with it much and it only ever moved from the smallholding to here

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  8. Our washer isn't pretty and it sounds like a squadron of spitfires after its last drastic repairs but when it dies it's been recycled into patches for the corner of the shed that's gone rotten a bit

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  9. Re any volunteering check as they may well pay travel and parking costs such as a mileage fee or bus ticket cost, the national trust certainly does and I know that the CAB do too. As for the national trust, I volunteer with them, and if you ever were interested there are lots more roles than room guiding, I do guided tours, relieve others for breaks, there is also gardening, cooking, office stuff all kinds of things. Just saying! Also other benefits that I won't put here, but could tell you more about if you wanted. Not taking offence, and it isn't the right time for you anyway as you said, just letting you know in case it is something you want to consider in the future. I also imagine you would be very good in a CAB based on my own past experience. Hope the new washing machine is good!

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    1. I also volunteer for the National Trust - room guiding doesn't appeal to me either, but there's all sorts of things you can do: hay-making, gardening, story-telling, flower-arranging, still room, just look on their website and see what's needed locally. They reimburse fares and you get free entry into other NT properties.



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  10. Catching up here - very glad Colin is back home and good news about the online purchase of the washing machine and Colin can hook up. Is it me or did appliances once have a longer life expectancy?

    That coffee mug looks huge!

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    1. I love a big mug of coffee! and I'm not expecting the new machine to last as long although we've been lucky as the one before this one lasted nearly as long

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  11. I still miss my old Zanussi that gave up the ghost after 16 years of faithful service. Plain and simple you just chose a temperature, length of wash and spin cycle. I have had two or three machines in the last 18 years and it's like trying to operate a computer. Good luck with your new one-x-

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  12. I dread appliances breaking down. The cost and inconvenience are bad enough but then having to learn how to use the new one! I hope you manage to get to grips with it soon enough. The scones look delicious and with home made jam I am very envious. A great idea to lessen the stress. X

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  13. 18 years is pretty good, I don't think many of the modern machines will last that long. Never need a excuse for scones and homemade jam, yum xx

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  14. Just catching up!
    So glad Col's home.
    My last washing machine lasted 16 years, so I decided to replace it with one of the same make, Bosch. Searched on line and found a good offer with the Coop. Phoned up to order it, and they were out of stock, with a 6 week wait. I said I couldn't wait, so he said, hang on, he might be able to do something. He came back and offered me a higher spec model for the same price, plus free delivery and free removal of the old one! So of course I went for it. I actually think it was because the Coop at the time were desperate for sales!
    I don't use all its fancy programs, but am very pleased because it uses less water than the old one, so saves my metered water, also electricity, as less water has to be heated. In any case its low temp wash works well.
    I hope you are pleased with your new one Sue.
    I keep busy as an old retired lady, and don't know how I ever had time to work!

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    1. Keep busy? You are the busiest person I know!! I'd never keep up with you :-)

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    2. Haha!
      But I do have "no energy" days Sue, and I find them SO frustrating. In my head I'm probably in my 30s, but my body's nearly 75!
      (I'm sure there are others out there who feel the same!)

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  15. Pleased to hear you have bought a new washing machine. You have enough on your plate at present without that being on the blink. Glad to hear you are like me regarding reading instruction books - I just cannot summon up the patience to read them carefully, so I usually do things all wrong

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  16. ao.com is a good company, used them a couple of times in the past and would recommend them.
    I used to volunteer in a charity shop and it was really good fun, you see all sorts!
    I love the summer chintz pattern and I love scones and jam too, perfect photo but I'd need yea instead of coffee please!
    Lisa x

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  17. With a plasterer and builder for a husband, I am lucky if my machine lasts a year! The local prisons are always looking for volunteers to help prisoners learn to read, using the Toe By Toe scheme. You would be perfect for that xxx

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