Our Fleet of Tractors! (and Abbey)
A couple of weeks ago our trusty vacuum that arrived second hand (from my Mum) when we first came over to France 11 years ago started to make quite disturbing death rattle noises emanating from its motor. Hmm not good. It has never been the geatest vacuum in the world and we have always purchased other vacuums in between which have lasted various amounts of months or years in between. On reflection I think we have killed about 6 or maybe 7 vacumm cleaners in our time in France. However the one from my Mother has always been a dependable back up plan despite its irritating filter system and lack of suck power.
The purchase of a new vacuum cleaner was a distressing process as I am not one to follow the pack and purchase a brand name as invariably they cost the earth and are no better than the cheap ones. So I decided to consult with my Bed and Breakfast friend on the subject figuring that she has probably trialed quite a lot of vacuum cleaners. After much discussion about quantity of animal hair and general dust that is in our house due to the nature of our work, the conclusion was we would have to get a Dyson. With intrepidation I started to check out prices.....and hey ho imagine my delight when I discover they are significantly cheaper in France than in UK and are quite comparable with other vacuum cleaner prices, and that they would deliver in 2 days.
We are now a couple of weeks into our Dyson days and I am still emptying the container every five minutes. Surely our house isn't that dirty but after consultation with B and B friend again she said it was the same with their house and business initially. The theory is that because the Dyson is actually cleaning properly we are making up for 11 years of bad vacuuming.
So I have turned into a Dyson bore and we will see now if it stands the test of time and farming. I live now in fear that one day I may become an "Apple" bore and follow in the footsteps of my husband who as you can see above is a John Deere bore.
See you all soon
I am farming sheep and goats on the Dordogne/Gironde border with my husband and our 3 children. We have an on farm butchery and sell our meat direct to the public via the markets and delivery points in our local area