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Wendy

My imagination

Is it my imagination or don't things last as long as they used or should do?

The new clock bought about 3 months ago is on its second battery (not included) BP monitor is on its third set, about 2 months old Roger takes the batteries out now after he's used it. New digital scales on their second also. I have to go and by the second set of taps for the sink as the cold water won't turn off and after dismantling it it's not the washer. Dishwasher is dead as is the coffee maker. As for low energy lightbulbs - makers say 4000 hours, three have gone in the last month or two. Can't take them back here it's like drawing hens' teeth!!

Wendy

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Essex Girl

Short Life

Workmanship in general seems to be a lot tackier these days and the materials used are simply not made to last. I expect it's all to do with cost and the fact that the manufacturers want us to keep buying.

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violet eyes

My imagination

Hi Wendy, no it's not your imagination some things just don't last very long these days. Maybe if they did then we wouldn't need to replace them so often which is just what the makers want us to do.
I always seem to be replacing irons and kettles. My first iron was a wedding present, it lasted over 30 years, I think my last one is probably number 6, I know it won't last long.
Our last kettle cost under £5, it's an own brand make and will hopefully have a longer life than all the others which were all well known makes costing between £20/30.

Changing the subject, the cat is in the dog house so to speak. The OH is sulking just because the boy forgot to get him a Fathers Day present. When I questioned him (the cat) about it he just looked up at me like they do then went back to licking himself. I don't think he had forgotten about it, it was likely that he hadn't any money, because he doesn't work, he just sleeps all day. But he could have sent a card, couldn't he?
Hope all of yours are well.
:o)

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Wendy

Doghouse

VE, Nero knows the doghouse very well. His latest visit was 4 days ago. We have a wood-burning stove with a flue that goes outside. Roger was walking the dogs when I heard a scrabbling sound & knew it was a bird. I reported back to R & he more or less said don't be silly a bird can't get into the flue. The next day, again while he was walking the dogs I heard the scrabbling and to my surprise there was a little bird in the cavity. I opened the door and the little bird that had been trapped for 2 days flew out and was pounced upon by Nero mid-flight for 2 metres. He would not let go so he took it outside and ate it! He is now on Death Row! In my defence, Your Honour, Nero was not in the house when I heard the little bird, I don't know how he knew what was going on!

He is now having one of his several naps on the m/wave. He wants to know why there isn't a Cats' Day! Mind you he likes to be waited on every day!

Wendy :)

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Honey

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Ve and Wendy, your posts made me smile, although not the demise of the poor little birdie. Wendy you are forgiven but Nero is on a suspended sentence.

H x

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violet eyes

My imagination

Oh what is it about cats that makes us love them so? I don't like them catching birds but that is in their nature. I have freed many birds and the odd mouse from the jaws of a cat, apart from that they are almost perfect.
It's a nice day here so I put 2 garden chairs out, one for me and the other for the cat. I'm busy in the garden today so what happens when I sit down for a little rest and a cup of tea, he decides my lap looks more comfy than the chair. It's tricky eating cake and drinking tea with a cat on your lap. He's quite bright because when I say "off you get" in a firm voice he gets up and jumps back on the other chair.

As for Cat's Day, mine thinks every day is. I'm so lucky to have him :o)
Back to the gardening.

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Noreen, Board Moderator

They don't make 'em like that any more...

When we were little I can remember my mum only had one vaccuum cleaner. As time went on she did do some home repairs to cracked hoses and brushes with brown parcel tape, but it sure did the job for many, many years!

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Wendy

How right, Noreen

My Mum had a vac (probably in the early 1950's) and it finally gave up some 20 years later. Like your Mum she kept it together with tape, except for the rubber belt that drove the brushes which was always so difficult to put on. When the new one broke she told the man how old the other one was & he said they don't make them to last nowadays. How very true and that was 30 years ago.

Honey. I've told Nero he is on a suspended sentence. His gave me a look of disdain and swaggered off.

VE. Nero has to have some of my cornflakes every morning. He won't have them from his bowl but eats them off a plastic plate on the table where he can keep an eye on how much he gets.

Wendy

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Honey

My imagination

We had a tabby that adopted us (just turned up here one day and never left) and I told him he was allowed to stay while it kept the rabbit and mice popular down. But he knew I would never throw him out.

My mother had a Hoover Goblin for many many years and all she did occasionally was to replace the belt when the rubber perished. Even I could do it. Nothing complicated.

Mind you, in theory, my Dyson should also last for years and years. All I do is have it serviced every so often (fixed price of £73) and they replace anything that needs to be replaced for just the price of the service. They even replaced the motor last time and I essentially had a new Dyson for £73.

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JAMES

Cats!

"Oh what is it about cats that makes us love them so?. "

Erm, I don't!!! I don't even see the point of them!!!!!

Useless things, but as most of you know, I'd never have a pet. Don't understand why people do!

xx

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sandra

My imagination

Definitely not imagining !

These days white goods are made to last about seven years so anything over that is a bonus I suppose.

Only thing I have left which is old is the microwave - bought 27 years ago as a present from OH - I know, I know but it's not easy to throw a microwave at someones head, believe me, I did try !!

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violet eyes

My imagination

James you don't know what you're missing. We know your views on pets but maybe it's because you have never had one that think this way. Giving a loving home to any animal is a good thing. What would happen to them if we didn't?
I can't imagine that you will live the rest of your life without ever having a pet in it. Then you will wonder why you didn't have one sooner :o)

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Wendy

Imagination - None

Sandra. Roger once bought me a 'Garden Claw' for a present, I would have preferred perfume!! The man has no imagination!!

James. I never had cats until we came here and got them to keep the vermin down in the vineyard & garden. They do a grand job and I've got used to them and their ways. I love them and the dogs to bits. Some people like pets others don't. And James, the silicone sheets are still working and are in constant use, you very kindly sent me some a couple of years ago!

Wendy

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JAMES

My imagintion

"Definitely not imagining !

These days white goods are made to last about seven years so anything over that is a bonus I suppose.

Only thing I have left which is old is the microwave - bought 27 years ago as a present from OH - I know, I know but it's not easy to throw a microwave at someones head, believe me, I did try !!"

But he got a little slap at least yeah...........?

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JAMES

My imagintion

"James you don't know what you're missing. We know your views on pets but maybe it's because you have never had one that think this way. Giving a loving home to any animal is a good thing. What would happen to them if we didn't?
I can't imagine that you will live the rest of your life without ever having a pet in it. Then you will wonder why you didn't have one sooner :o)"

We had a lab when I was a kid. All he did was lick himself....

 
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