A New Era!

Yesterday it was decided that the washer was finally homeward bound to the great washing machine heaven! Whilst Jon can fix and make parts where necessary it was beyond any of his divine intervention. For the past few months I had noticed a slow yet marked decline in the overall performance of the machine - ofcourse I put it down to various factors - washing powder, nature of stains etc but at the end of the day I knew it was the washer. Funny it seems - when Jon is really busy at work I wonder what is going to go wrong - because something always does..........and only a few days ago I thought that the washer had not conked out for a while.........so yesterday morning when I got up I noticed not only had the washer stopped the clothes were grubby, the spin programme had not worked and the washing powder was still in the dispenser. Each of these signs indicated a different fault........so when Jon came home and assessed the situation it was decided we needed a new washer.
In the 23.5 years we have been married we have had 2 washers - washer/dryers to be precise. Our first one was a wedding present from Jon's parents. Our house then was a small modern detached house and we both worked, hence the decision to go for a washer/dryer. Should we need a dryer we had one. I rarely used it. This lasted us for about 14 years - Jon rebuilding motors, making new parts etc etc. When we replaced it - we went for another Hotpoint. Jon knew his way round Hotpoints, infact at the time he was making the moulds for the Hotpoint washer seal and extrusuin hoses. Again we went for a washer/dryer and yet again I hardly used the dryer.
We went to our local Curry's and assumed we would just buy a similar replacement. A Hotpoint Washer/dryer would be £349 or £399. There were none in stock so we would have to wait a week. No immediate problem - I am blessed with great neighbours and indeed yesterday shortly after a statement on Facebook one neighbour rang and offered me the use of her washer! However we had decided we wanted to bring a washer home with us - handy you see having a white van! Some models were available to take home - so this allowed us time to think. Strangely both Jon and I announced at the same time "Do we need a washer/dryer?" We have an airing cupboard and I am a great one for drying clothes in the kitchen when the Rayburn is still giving out heat - as are the radiators. The house is a warm house and I dry clothes overnight. The Rayburn has 2 radiators it heats up as an overspill when the central heating pump is switched off - our bedroom and the bathroom. This means they are always hot - ideal for drying clothes....so we decided to go for a washer. When the sales assistant was talking us through the various programmes available I told him I didn't need 14 programmes - 3 or 4 would be sufficient. By this time we weren't bothered about the brand either......so we went for this one, the cheapest in the shop for £169.

Essentials C510WM11 Washing Machine gives you great cleaning performance that's amazing value for money.
With a capacity of up to 5kg per load, the C510WM11 can handle your everyday washing with ease, even featuring a variable temperature and special setting for wool items to keep your clothes in the best possible condition. Rated "A" for energy consumption and wash performance, this machine may not use much electricity but it's certainly able to deliver powerful cleaning results!
The Essentials C510WM11 Washing Machine focuses on delivering exactly what you need—good, reliable washing that leaves your clothes looking good as new. For the price, this is very hard to beat!

Just sounds the job! We brought it home and Jon plumbed it in straight away - my first load was in a few minutes later! So easy to use - a result I would say!