I Detest My New Washer Drier! Letter to Electrolux has happy ending… ongoing.

It’s a lovely thing to look at, but to someone of my generation I simply cannot cope with the complexity of the settings, and as they say in England it was “doing my head in”, quite seriously. I could not get it just simply do a wash the way that I wanted.

It was so sensitive to the touch that to get the correct format for the wash with my jittery Parkinsons digits was a real challenge. I am too old and have too many other complications affecting my lifestyle as it is.  I confess that after one time with everything going on and on for hours and still coming out with soggy washing instead of nice dry laundry, I had a complete meltdown on here, and posted the link on the Electrolux Facebook page – not publicly – but so that their people knew how upset I was.

I mean when you are used to just putting the washing in the machine Let It Go on the safe

quick wash/spin cycle followed by 45 mins in the separate drier if I couldn’t dry it outside, meanwhile getting on with my life, then this new washer/drier combo totally dismissed my prompts, went into all sorts of routines for hours and still left me with a pile of soaking washing, I lost it…

It seems I was not the only person to have been discombobulated by the electronic wizardry; it’s already been discontinued. To give the machine its due, it may be perfect for an executive in an inner-city high rise. It would be ideal to come home to getting ready for the evening, simply put all the wash into the machine and forget it/come home from dinner out or just simply relaxing at home, to simply have to hang the washing up ready for ironing or wearing.

On advice, I chose this model as it was also set upon a matching metal pedestal especially designed so that anyone with a bad back does not have to bend down to reach into the machine when adding and removing washing. This is a big help but my problem was getting the washing completed. It was the first time I have had to address this and admit that it was beyond me and maybe that’s the Parkinsons. So I wrote this rant to Electrolux simply because if I didn’t, I would have gone down in a screaming heap. I was already having a bad week, so I am much embarrassed to admit I just lost it.


Within minutes I received a reply. How good is that! A real reply!

I had ranted: ‘I am Desperately unhappy with your washer dryer that I bought in April. Despite downloading the manual and the App, I discovered the machine does not have Wi Fi capability for this model, which would have been very helpful with my low vision), trying to comfortably get a wash and dry in the way that I was used to is either impossible, or takes hours.

I bought this on the advice of the lady at Betta Electrical Belmont North 2280 because I am visually impaired and have spine problems, so I bought the pedestal to raise it to a good height. That works, but the drawer underneath is too shallow to hold washing powder, etc, so ís a waste of space. I needed a joint combination to fit in my tiny laundry as you see in the photo of the machine.

On first glance when I checked it out the dial looked simple and easy to read, but it is hard to tell which segment the arrow is on. The right hand timer area has tiny dark print on a black background requires a magnifier with torch to make out the writing. Totally frustrating. The worst part is that the sensor buttons are hopeless for someone with jittery Parkinsons fingers as the touch sends the digital numbers jumping everywhere.

A wash and dry cycle which I had done before with my Samsung washer and separate dryer  took 30 minutes wash and spin and drying took 45 minutes. Now the Ultimate Care 700 is taking hours, which is ridiculous and even then, the load is rarely dry enough to put away.

Ìt was chosen to meet my special needs, whiçh it fails badly, but even my carers cannot work it. Although I have discovered that using the 30 minute cycle then dryer just about ģets it nearly dry, it is frustrating how damp clothes stilĺ have to hang around my small unit just to get them to properly dry.

At 75 years old I am finding this is really distressing me and I have been trying everyday to get something coordinated. I have wasted $1400 (it was on special). Would you please replace this machine with a more straightforward either stacking washer and separate dryer for a more easy-to-use machine? 

Quite frankly I now detest it.

I bought this because of the Electrolux good name. I had a very helpful online tutorial with your Customer Service Advisor but this machine simply refuses to do what I require and goes off doing its own pre-programmed cycle.”

(As it happens, this model was already discontinued by the time mine was on sale so it seems Electrolux have taken other feedback to heart and have wisely already discontinued this model).

I will be interested to see what will replace it as the concept was good. It fits in a small space it  and looks great. I just can’t live with it.


Rant over. Well, that honestly was the state I was in at the time, so I won’t correct it.

Fortunately I received a kind message almost immediately from Electrolux who have put a team on to it, they say. I am cautiously hopeful of a solution.


Yesterday I got an updateď message. The Customer Relations Team has been in touch with me once more and shortly after somebody did ring.

An understanding but very professional woman said it would not do for them to simply replace anything that didn’t quite suit the customer after they had chosen and how that would affect the business (my heart sank), but they could see that under my circumstances it would be useless to leave me in this situation.

So I had to contact my local Betta Electrical agent. They had been in touch:

The lady I dealt with was disappointed because like me, to her, on the outside the machine looked to be perfect for my

Smiling again!

needs.  The outcome was that as I have only just purchased the machine I can go back to Betta Electrical who will take it back and can choose another machine in the store even if it is a separate washing dryer combo and washing machine for washing and drying like in the old days.

Then reality set in. The dryer would be back in the dining room and in the way.

I had saved hundreds of dollars on this deal and would only be compensated for the machine. A separate dryer would add hundreds of dollars.

During these few days I had emergency laser treatment on my eye and could now read the instruction manual in large print on my tablet. So I studied it thoroughly and suddenly I had three options that might just work for me.

All the other models in the store now used the same system. There was no escape.

So I came home, took a good look at the machine and can now see the lettering a bit more clearly. I decided to call him Tony and give him a stay of execution over the weekend.

Two clean and dry loads later Tony and I have come to an understanding. It will never be a match made in heaven but I think we may cohabit rather well. It only took five hours today to complete the Daily wash/spin and dry option, but the towels are clean, soft and dry.

Electrolux have a great team of EXPERT support staff who must have had a rough time during Covid:

“Our Customer Care Centre and Service Technicians are continuing to operate according to Government Health guidelines and practicing social distancing, preventative hygiene practices and contactless service.

We appreciate your understanding under these challenging circumstances, and rest assured our team continues to remain committed to provide the best possible service.”

but they didn’t just write me off as a crank but with prompt action got my life back on track. IT was this serious.

Thank you, Nahma and Team at Electrolux

For Escape to The Chateau Fans

Delighted to receive this reply from Chateau de la motte husson Friday, 8 April, 11:33 pm

Thank you for your email….it is lovely to hear from you and we hope that you are safe and well…..And thank you for sharing the picture of Dorothy….beautiful!If you click on the link below and join our Community, we would love to keep you updated on all of the developments here at the Chateau!Smile lots and have a wonderful weekend!LoveAngel, Dick, Arthur and Dorothy Xxxwww.thechateau.tv   Join our Community!

Wasn’that níçe!

Then if you still hanker for some French bits snd píeces, my Australian friends at the Çhateau du Gudanes have béen ’raiding yhe attic’ You can virtúàlly shop in a Freñch brocante! Bon chance,

(15% was my last grade in French Class in High School in England aged 15. They moved me to Art Class. C’est la vie

Picnic in the Pergola – Easter 2022

Actually we were round in the rotunda for lunch yesterday. How lovely our village gardens are loóking, Hundreds of little bright green lorikeets flashed ín and óut, Hundreds óf these little birds gather here àround 3-4pm

Setting up picnic with Angela Bennett and Pamela Butlin

LNice weather for a change. We have had a terribly wet and unusual summer

Enjoy the sound of the recently refurbished fountain which I’d also a popular bird bath,

pleasant sound of running water

Video çourtesy óf Àngela Bennett

After I installed my $18 watering system!

Hello again, if you look hard you should the black spaggetti-like tubingb to which zI attached little red drippers. It just works on wafer pressure rrom the tap at this stage.

The strange thing is that I havent needed to use it since then because it has puoured every day with so much rain for weeks that any towns have been completely flooded. All very strange.

The plants are very happy though!

State of Limerance

l limerence is such a powerfull thing
tThe light within.
The tingling
The world is wonderrful

tFour months jt lasts
the experts say
By four months.
My light has dimmed
my candle burned
no torch has lit
No fire has started.
I walk away
. nice while it lasted

Ì orgot the
state of limerance
when someone came
to light my life
burn my torch
ring my bell and
sweep me off my feet
and I fell fior you.

Eunice C  Engĺish  ( c) 22

Just Saying

If life was all milk and honey we would all be craving salt and lemon

And tequila

This is supposed to be hot sunny weather this time of year. Been absolutely pouring for days.Maybe enough to lift drought restrictions?

Meanwhile, Nigel and Effie are outside, happily setting up their xmas fairy grotto, complete with tiny Gnome home. Effie is excited to be getting a red dress for Xmas, but Nigel is really an Elf, and says they don’t dress up as Santa. They dress up as Elves!

Through the Lens

A search Done by opening the Google Lens app over the picture, then setting to search brought up the most delightful array of still life paintings  and ‘yes’, there was THE same painting, plus lots more. Wonderful but worrying. Now anybody can do this and breach coyrìght? But oh what a lovely surprise to have an art Gallery at my fingertip.

You can actually tap each to goto the source and buy if on sale.

Slideshow here from Google Lens

Flower Arranging in Pictures

Name of demonstrator to come adding more photos
Australian flower arrangement decals are available through ebay

Some of the simplest arrangements can be pleasing to the eye

A crystal whisky glass and woven drink mat
Straight from the garden
Blending colours
Hard Wedgewood in,of course, Wedgewood Blue, and a soft yellow rose
Tiny bursts of colour
One of my favourites on my late Mother’s dining table
A conglomeration of pleasing shapes and colours at Worn Out Wares Singleton, NSW. Taken years ago. Çheck their lovely pics on their amazing HERE
Worn Out Wares, Singleton
Lovely colours
Àn Australian painting up there with the best Impressionists, It was in a local exhibition in the Art Gallery of Newcastle NSW Im trying to source the artist. Margaret Olley?*Love the background and the calm busyness of the whole.*
This magnificent orchid grows out in a neighbour’s garden and is huge! She gave this branch to me as I was passing.
At the entrance to our village hall
My flowers never die when I take photographs
Or you can have a beautiful permanent fabric display like this fom Ikea!

*Update: Just had an amazing experience trying to source this painting and yes it is by Margaret Olley (Brownie points to me for getting it right)! See Through the Lens HERE

Recipe For Peanut Butter Cookies

Courtesy of Whittaker’s chocolate

NOTE ONTAINS NUTS (well someone is sure to ask!)


250g Butter, softened

200g Brown sugar

1 tsp Vanilla extract

300g Plain flour

50g Cocoa

½ tsp Salt

200g Whittaker’s Peanut Block, roughly chopped

200g Roasted, salted peanuts

Flakey sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C fan bake and line 2-3 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract.
  3. Sift together the flour, cocoa and salt. Add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix on a slow speed until just combined.
  4. Add the Whittaker’s chocolate and peanuts and mix very briefly to incorporate.
  5. Roll dough into balls (~50 grams each) and place on prepared baking trays – leaving enough room for spreading.
  6. Press down to flatten slightly and sprinkle over a pinch of flakey sea salt.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are firm. Leave on the tray until firm enough to handle then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container.

peanut slab 200.g


PeanutView chocolate

Gift Idea for That Person With a Hobby

coming up to Xmas if you cant find the right gift,  try typing  ‘gifts for…’and the name of the loved one’s hobby.

 This way I found this tee shirt for my son, plus a surprising number of gifts just for kayakers. After choosinģ this I found more funny ones. Fortunately he saw the humour in it.

I also liked is one

I Aĺso found a heavy metal tee-shirt saying ‘when life gets complicated I play my guitar’ for him, and an old rocker friend. Both were delighted.

The witty Boo bees was bought by my canadian cousin. Seems tee shirt humour is escaping the Political Correctness Police wherever you go.

Long may it last!


You can buy a silly hat! These come from Scotland

Roses For Posies – Poyum by EC English

Roses for Posies

I supposes

Held in front of

bridesmaids’ clotheses

Scent to waft up


Perfumed romance

Eunice C English 7/10/2021

Have You Seen My Silly Blog ?

Life With the Cardigans (referring to old people wearing long, comfortable knitted jackets)

Not a lot to be silly sbout at the moment so we are in my courtyard – again. Oops just spotted that typo! Visit from here

Why Raised Garden Beds Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be

Image from article. This is just like the onec I had but with healthy plants!

This is a very good article, by Sarah Showfety, and exactly what I found when starting one in England. I used newspapers to cover and kill grass and weeds before starting, but the results were very unsatisfactory, and for one person it worked out much cheaper to get fresh vegetables from the Farm Shop in Raymoth Lane, just around the corner!

Raymoth Lane Worksop,England


If you cant be there during Lockdown, this is how to do it.

Together with family members and friends in their own homes who could not fravel due to Covid-19 restrictions at this time, we watched Samantha and Dylan getting married ĺive on television.

Beamed live from Port Douglas, Australia

CONGRATULATIONS! The Celebrant could be heard clearly taking them through their vows as waves beached happily behind, including Samantha’s Grandmother Lorraine – (my Best Friend), in Singleton. It was extra special to be able to see the faces, beautiful gown, and the waves rolling in so clearly.

Samantha’s beautiful wedding gown

The poor bridesmaids would have been a lot less happy to see full-sized photo cutouts standing where they should have been. But at least they were part of the live event long distance.

Sorry I only got the back views of them.
Of course I had to join in with a selfie from my living room,!

For others who would normally have travelled by plane or road to the event and were devastated by all the restrictions preventing travel this was the light at the end of the tunnel.

We had all clicked the private link leading to the tv broadcast and were excitedly texting each other then suddenly “Wow!”,there we were about to mingle!

We had only just been forced into Lockdown the day before due to the sudden spread of the Covid-19 virus from Sydney, so it greatly brightened up what would have been a very dismal day unable to leave home.

Exchanging rings
It was all very romantic, and quite historical

Best wishes for the future, Samantha and Dylan Hall. Thank you so much for sharing xxx

Thank you

All That Glítters –

Something from nothing Desk

When I began this using nail Polish mainly, glitter glue and gold wax I could not actually see in the middle what I was doing. I could always see from a distance.

This week I have just been adding bits and pieces has the mood shook me and as the cataract operation took effect and I just wanted to monitor any changes. I have surely been able to see more of what I have actually been up to and yesterday I could see to put little green dots here and there This is really exciting thank you God.

However on looking back I think lesss is a more and the original simple Tree of life was much nicer than the ather over worked version but it is easily cleaned up. What do you think? It is pleasing to sit opposite to.

It has a different look depending upon which light catches which area. Now if it should have a name to it like Hockney or Banksy people would rush to pay millions for it from all directions.

My initials are in the right hand corner of course. Somewhere I have an app that will cut out the background and let me put a plain background in.

I think it would be rather pleasing as a design for a mug. Watch this space.

It is day 2 of our latest Lock down after all and I have to do something. There are only so many cupboards you can sort. Again.


Spreading the Love – with Chocolate

I will have to keep this short because I still can’t focus but a lovely thing happened on the day after my eye operation which had it been a bit traumatic because the anaesthetic didn’t work.

Nevertheless on Saturday afternoon the carrier arrived with a big box inside which was another box inside which were 10 bars of beautifully gold- wrapped chocolate from Whittakers.

they had been in touch saying they’re liked what I wrote last time about the new hazelnut chocolate and I said they would send me a surprise! Well it’s not been too much fun lately and as I said I had this operation on my good neye so it was all a bit touch and go as to how things would be. But by Sat afternoon things were beginning to look hopeful then as I say this chocolate turned up and I could easily make out the gold packaging.

It was too good to keep to myself so I have shared it out and the people who have helped me lately including Damon who wrote the story in the paper about my story about the chocolate on the blog. So here is a picture of me still wearing the patch but looking suitably greedy with all that gold bullion in chocolate. I have written people’s names on the bars of Hazelnut chocolate which I can’t yet read without a magnifying glass but which means I cannot open that particular named bar.

and anyway it is amazing to be able to see things without spectacles and even with these magnifying glasses I can read this week what has been so difficult for so long.

E everybody has been absolutely thrilled to get the big bar of gold wrapped lovely chocolate and Whittakers Chocolate have just made me feel really good. I’m feeling very virtuous by sharing my gift around -bearing in mind I know exactly which shelf this chocolate is on in Coles and Woolworths haha.

Thank You Whittakers Chocolate for Your Lovely gift.

Divine Whittakers Hazelnut

My Sixties Wedding Dress- part of Mee Memoirs

New Year’s Eve 1967

All very trendy. Mother disappointed that I refused the bouffant-style bride gown. I have never done bouffant except with my hair.

Bet you don’t recognise me, eh? The skinny one with chestnut hair and the amazing silver leather sling back gorgeous shoes with diamante and silver leather flowers.

Bell-shaped sleeves, A-line dress shape with rainbow shape seam shaping the bodice. The fabric was treebark satin with a lovely sheen and texture. Mine caught the ultra violet light in the fabric creases. My Mother had always been a good dressmaker. She made underwear from damaged silk parachutes during the war and kept her sisters looking glam at the wartime dances.

She never knew that my favourite dresses were the ones she made. An ungrateful daughter aged ten, I complained that I didn’t want home made clothes any more, but over my teenage years she finished off many a hem for me on the dresses I made from the latest patterns. Gt grandfather was a successful tailor, Grandma çrocheted and taught me. Creating with fabric was in the blood.

My Mother was understandably reluctant to sew my wedding dress, but it was important to me. Hopefully it showed my appreciatin for her skill and all the love she sewed into our clothes that she did not voice. Satin-lined, it fitted perfectly and was so comfortable. No, I was adamant that it din’t need pearls or crystals around the neckline, but I settled for a large single pearl on a gold chain, and that was perfect.

.I was 21 when I married, and we bought a very modern house. That was what you did in my area in 1967. My marriage was a disappointment, aren’t they all? 16 years we lasted, my life a combination of Shirley Valentine before we emigrated to Australia and Educating Rita as the Seventies stirred up Women’s Liberation. I thought I was marrying Heathciffe from Wuthering Heights. He fitted the description. He thought he was marrying a grateful housewife. Well the poor man got t hat wrong. Between us we have two wonderful sons, and what I refer to on forms an ‘amicable divorce’. We never married again. But on the way we did a lot of amazing things that only happened in the Sixties and Seventies.

By pure coincidence the dress sits next to me as I write, in a wooden chest made by my younger son. I was 21 when I wore it. I turn 75 in September, all being well. In all those years I have never seen a wedding dress I liked better.

Love you Mum

In memory of Kathleen English. Passed away aged 91. Adored by her husband Tom every day of their lives together. Made her own wedding dress during wartime in 1944. From net lace curtains.

The Shabby Chateau Look

Something from nothing

Gold wax. Crystal knobs. Anything goes,,!
Soft Gold wax comes in a tube from Ebay

Roll Top Desk in Glitter Glue and Nail Polish

Glitter Glue and Naíl Polish

Plus Old Gold wax

One of the influences for my decorating style Chateau du Gudanes

Life With the Cardigans 2 Update

-Let’s just be silly

Should I make Life With the Cardigans its own Blog? Here is my new Geriatric Social Influencer Look lol

Life With the Cardigans – (no not the Kard…)

My hairdresser Annette comes and cuts my hair out on the patio. Much better than sitting facing a salon mirror! (hair colours Natural)
Cant see to read at the mo. Hmm, what to do?
And then the glitter glue came out. Some nail polish and gold wax highlights. Click to enlarge
Today I watched a live wedding from Queensland during lockdown. More later
My nearby lake as phone wallpaper
Under my window
See, we do get the odd wet, miserable day in Lake Maquaurie.
Damon had run out of news again! Always happy to fill the space and provide light relief. We even have a ceertain following who appreciate our humour (yes you Brian)
Great idea sent by John. Sorry dont jnow the source

– advice from Alyce

Fake it till you make it

Latest Posts

Mee Memoirs are at:

Message from. Editor.. once I get it loaded

Wedding Woes Bring Compensation – was it something they ate? Update to the update

A local couple are anxiously waiting to see whether their wedding booked for August on the Central Coast will be postponed again, for the third time.

Yes it was!

The ĺockdown immediately after outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic had caused the first postponement.

The recent last-minute postponement due to flooding saw those in Newcastle book out a local pub. The Celebrant who was to officiate the legal part of the marriage was stuck on th far side of the rising floodwars many miles away on the Central Coast.

They had the wedding cake with them, but no Ceĺebrant stherefore no wedding – again. So they decided to eat the weddi cake! It was shared around.

So the wedding caķe provided a good slice of cake for all the drinkers!

Was it something they ate? My friend .Jenny, who is the Mother of the Groom is very happy the couple did not put all their life plans on hold like the wedding.

Because at the time of writing Jenny now has a 6-month old grandson.

One more guest at the next wedding? At this rate he will be attending pre-school by then!

Create your website with WordPress.com
Get started