Sunday, 28 August 2011

A vacuum cleaner revelation

After letting my car roll down our steep driveway and down a 20ft vertical drop at the bottom, we had to set about getting a new car.  Tom saw this as an opportunity to down-size, but I saw this as an opportunity to up-size.  We now have a people carrier.

So the people carrier now lives at the bottom of our driveway, and is parked sideways on, so that should Henry ever get his grubby little nozzle on the handbrake of our new purchase (which is highly unlikely, as he has been banished to the house), the car ain't going nowhere. 

Tom quite rightly pointed out that as I had already cost us a small fortune, I wasn't really in a good financial position to start demanding a new vacuum cleaner, when Henry was still perfectly capable.  So as a compromise, and unable to ever let Henry outside again, I bought a £7 portable car vacuum cleaner, on eBay. 

My new vacuum cleaner arrived yesterday, and I was gagging to get outside and suck up all those crumbs that have accumulated over the past few weeks - a dustpan and brush doesn't really do it. 

As soon as Tom knocked off work, I charged outside weilding my new friend, and plugged her (notice it's a her not a him this time) into the cigarette lighter - she is powered by the cigarette lighter - how cool is that?  I attached the clever little nozzle that gets those difficult to reach bits between the seats, and I was in car-cleaning bliss.

Ok, so she looks and sounds like a budget hairdryer, but she sort of does the job, and she certainly doesn't have it in her to sabotage the car.  And there is the added bonus of being able to vacuum the car as we drive along - no sooner have the kids eaten a biscuit, or Tom a scotch egg, I am there with the vacuum cleaner, practically sucking the crumbs out of their mouths.

11 comments:

Trish @ Mum's Gone To ... said...

Just read this post, and the one where Henry wrote off your car, and have had a good old chuckle of a Sunday morning (though just the thought of a scotch egg nearly turned my stomach!)

Stefanie said...

Hi ...

I am a reformed lurker who just wanted to say that I admittedly laughed (cough ... alot), when reading the Harry story. But I also felt really sorry for you. I mean it wasn't a pair of shoes or some minor item that got ruined. A car isn't exactly a cheap thing to replace.

I am hoping that you got some good karma from making people smile regardless.

And bad Harry!

Smile ...

Elsie Button said...

Hi Trish, glad it made you chuckle :) (barr the scotch eggs - i can't bear the things)

Hi Stefanie, lovely to hear from you - and thank you! x

Nora said...

I'm glad your portable vacuum cleaner works. I thought you were going to announce another disaster, like it had shorted the electrical circuit of the car or something. Phew!

Elsie Button said...

Hi Nora, I don't think she has enough power in her to short the electrical circuit :)

Melksham Mum said...

Love the idea of vacuumung the kids as you drive along! V funny post x

Elsie Button said...

Hi Melksham Mum, a fabulous purchase! x

Send Get Well Soon Flowers said...

oooooooh I need one of those sounds mcuh easier than lugging hetty outside.

Emma Phillips said...

I have been thinking about getting one of these mini vacuum cleaners for a while, but was worried that it would be rubbish and not do the job. But even so I think it would entertain my son on long car journeys as not only does he make one hell of a mess, he loves hoovering!

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Deidra Schaefer said...

I do hate the sight of a dirty car carpet! I don’t blame you for being so excited to finally have a chance to clean your car with that dust-buster. I think it’s great that you can plug it into the cigarette lighter because, as you mentioned, you can use it on the road when the kids are eating. Haha! Hopefully, your vacuum is still working as well as it used to.

Maisie Hood said...

Indeed, a vacuum cleaner really does a great job! You cannot simply remove those bits of dirt in the car with just a brush and a dustpan; likewise, using a vacuum cleaner lets you do your job effortlessly. ;)