The ongoing search continues for our home. Will update when we know more.
For now, I’ve started researching washing machines, of all things. The post-Christmas sales are on, but of course they wont be for ever. I’m just going to take it steady and find one that I like, that we both like. Fisher & Paykel have a great looking one called the Aquasmart. It’s designed like a front loader, but built like a top loader, which is great ergonomically, which is important. It uses about as much water as a front loader (4 star water rating – very important here in Australia) and is actually more energy efficient than some front loader, much more than a normal top loader. I had been rather taken with a Miele front loader that a friend of mine has (similar to this type here with the Honeycomb system) which washes your clothes so beautifully that they come out almost pressed! Since I hate ironing, you can imagine how impressed I was when I washed a skirt of mine, that is all folded and requires masses of pressing, and it came out of the dryer afterwards pressed already with no ironing required! The friend who owns it just loves it to bits (has small children) and says that the price of it (quite expensive) was totally worth it, and with the energy savings, they’ve seen quite a dip in their power bills.
This is quite a boring post. I didn’t take any photos of my Christmas lunch, or any of my Christmas baking. I am sorry. I keep baking Gingernut biscuits though, so some of them might make it here. Here’s my Christmas list.
- Melting moments (passionfruit & chocolate-mint)
- Gingernuts (biscuits/cookies)
- Crispy Skin Chicken
- Catalan Potatoes (spinkled with smoky paprika, baked in chicken stock)
- Tuscan Bean Stew
- Fresh Green Beans
- Berry Trifle, and
- Christmas Cake!