Yelly Reads

Writing weekend

This weekend I’m going to do a lot of writing…and tackling a huge amount of ironing!

I posted a question on my Instagram stories a few days ago because I’ve been building a list of books I’m aiming to read this year. What are your book list must-haves?

Right. Enough prevaricating. Those clothes aren’t going to iron themselves!

Yelly Writes

Life was made for lazy Saturdays

The trains are buggered today.  Well, they’re not exactly buggered.  Train services are suspended because Network Rail are “improving” current rail infrastructure.  They have suspended train services between Manningtree and Shenfield, so basically, I’m stuck in Harwich.  My question: why couldn’t they let the trains get to Colchester, at least?  But c’est la vie!  It’s cold anyway.

So I shall be couch potato, pretend I’m a Nigella-esque and cook delicious food (baked chicken with gravy and rice for lunch today, roast pork shoulder and roast vegetables for supper tonight, corned beef hash for lunch tomorrow and leftovers for supper) this weekend, read a book (probably that new Julia Quinn book, if I can be bothered to download it) and bake (I have chocolate cake in mind…mmmmm fudge!).

Oh and I’ve got to iron.

Yelly Writes

And…they’re off!

The dressings have come off today.  Well, I took them off today.  I took off the dressing and cleaned off the caked blood.

I won’t post a photo of the wound and the stitches because that would be slightly morbid and very macabre.  But the wound site looks good.  It looks like it’s healing well and there seems to be, knock on wood, no signs of infection.

And now I am going to attempt something I have no way of knowing whether or not I can accomplish: ironing and all the work that goes with it (getting the iron out of the cupboard is going to be a particular challenge!).

Yelly Writes

Tefal let down

On the 8th of January, I excitedly purchased the Tefal Gv8431 Pro Express Auto Clean Steam Generator iron.  I was really excited.  When I bought it it was over £150.  It wasn’t an impulse purchase, £150 for an iron is a lot of money for an iron, steam or otherwise.  But there were so many positive reviews, that I thought that all these people couldn’t be wrong about an investment iron, could they?

Tefal Gv8431 Pro Express Steam Generator

For the first three months, it worked like a dream.  It cut my ironing time by about 40%!  I was ironing like an ironing fiend.  I was the Jenson Button of ironing.  The iron itself was light and easy to maneuver which was a bonus for me and my carpal tunnelly hands.  Then around about the fourth month, it started making a strange clicky sound.  I thought it was because I’d let the reservoir go empty (I hadn’t!).  But I thought maybe it was just because it was refilling the steam reservoir, or cleaning itself, or regulating the temperature.  Because, surely, it wasn’t going to conk out on me!

Then about a month ago, the non-stick sole plate started sticking.  It started burning shirts and trousers.  What was worse was that it was transferring the burnt bits onto clothing that I was ironing.   I found myself having to painstakingly remove the burnt on bits from the sole plates EACH time I had to use the iron.  I had to even pause in between ironing sessions, have an ironing intermission if you will, so that I could let the sole plate cool so that I could make sure there weren’t burnt on bits and I could remove any burnt on bits.  And before you ask, I was ironing clothes at the right temperature setting.  I pride myself on knowing how to use a steam iron.

I thought that buying an expensive iron meant I was protecting my clothes, that I was making sure I was using a good product that  would ensure that the ironing experience wouldn’t be such a chore, because, let’s face it, it is a chore.  Six months into using this expensive piece of ironing kit, I am beginning to believe I was duped into parting with my money.  Tefal claims it to be a top spec steam generator iron.  It claims that you are able to glide through stubborn creases.  And it’s true, you do glide through stubborn creases, like a dream, I might add.  For about 6 months.  Then gliding stops, the burnings starts, the ruining of the clothes begin and the nightmare is never-ending.

I don’t have the box to return the iron.  I only have the manual and, of course, the iron.  I’d like to return it, but I’m not sure I’m going to be able to.

To say that I am annoyed it an understatement.  I am unable to iron my work clothes for tomorrow.  I have wrinkly clothes.  I have this expensive clunky thing in my house that should solve my wrinkly clothes problem.  But instead I am afraid to use it because it will burn my clothes.  For all its wonderful promises, Tefal has over-promised and under-delivered and has majorly disappointed.

I am very, very, very disappointed.