I’m hoping this year to have a bit of spare money but not enough for some major expenditure, so I’m going to have to make a choice and I wondered which you would go for?
A cheap ride on mower: why? I do the “small” green spaces in the garden - mainly in front and alongside our gite, around the potager, small areas that are bits here and there, while OH does the main lawns and field. Over the years I’ve used just an electric hand mower but the small green spaces have grown as we’ve cleared brambles etc and now, if I were to do the lot in one go it would take me most of the day. Lot-et-Garonne has benign weather and except for (if we are lucky) a few weeks in high summer when it’s really dry we could mow all year - in spring twice a week. If I want the cottage to look pristine for guests I could spend my life mowing! Whereas I also have to get the cottage ready for guests and could do with freeing up time.
A cordless vacuum cleaner and a cordless hard floor washer: We live in the country, surrounded by fields which make for muddy walking and muddy dogs and a muddy kitchen floor. We have an Airedale who creates a tsunami in the kitchen every time she drinks from her water bowl. We have a mutt with fine hair which sheds constantly and then reemerges as dust bunnies from under cupboards and doors and sticks to the rugs in the lounge. At the moment we have a large Miele corded vacuum cleaner which is heavy and awkward. I get rid of the worst of the dirt, but the floors never look clean and I am envious of friends who have gone cordless and seem to whisk round in no time at all.
Which would you choose? And why?