Thursday, August 21, 2008
Well our 21 yr old Simpson top loader finally bit the dust. You don't realise how much you need a washing machine until you don't have one! We could still do the washing in it but it would have been quicker to go outside with a bucket and rock! The pump and the timer went so it was getting stuck and then not draining so we just put the draining hose into a bucket to drain the water out - a real eye opener as to how much water they use! I think it was about 8 nappy buckets full each time - and it had to be rinsed twice. A LOT of work just to do one load of washing. DH was determined he could fix it and went out to Simpson to get the parts, the same day I had been on the phone getting prices for a new one. The parts were $300 and then he couldn't get the old pump out but we had a friend from Perth coming to stay for a week and I needed to wash bedding etc so Nick went to a scratch and dent place near us and found a brand new front loader (with a dent in the side)for $240. It's a bit small only being 5kg (the old one was 10kg) but will do the trick for the time being. In the end I am loving the front loader and the small loads mean a much smaller pile to fold, iron and put away.
As you can see from the photo, Coco was absolutely fascinated with it!