They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore

Today I said goodbye to a long time kitchen companion. My blender went to meet its maker while crumbling a batch of breadcrumbs for my Christmas Pudding. It didn’t make a fuss or go out with a bang, it chugged along wearily and then just stopped.

image bread crumbs made in blender
making breadcrumbs

I feel a bit sad. My mother gave me that blender. I think it was the first Christmas after I was married. That’s more than 35 years of service. You can’t complain about that. It got me thinking about appliances generally and how many we’d owned over the years. It does seem like the older ones gave the best service.

My oldest appliance is a hand-held electric mixer. This came into the family in an unlikely way. I was 13 years old and the local paper was running an essay competition “Why my suburb is best” I entered and was very surprised to win, perhaps it was because I was  a kid that I won but anyway the prize was (in 1970) $25 worth of wallpaper from a store in the city. Luckily they recognised that as I was a child and we lived in a rental home wallpaper was not a great prize and allowed me to have a gift voucher instead.  Mum needed a new mixer at the time so my voucher was used to buy this little Sunbeam hand mixer. Seven years later, when I was married, mum gave it to me.

image creaming butter and sugar
creaming the butter and sugar

It still goes, it’s lost the caps off the end of the blades and is a bit sluggish but it goes; for how much longer I don’t know.

I still have my original electric frying pan although Hubby broke the Pyrex lid and I don’t really fry much these days.

I still have an iron that I was given as a wedding present. I was given two and kept both, when the first one died I started using the second one. They were both Sunbeam’s too. Of course I don’t iron a lot now but I’m starting to think about replacing it sometime.

On the other hand we’ve had three microwaves, at least three drip filter percolators, three fridges, three washing machines and two vacuum cleaners.

The first vacuum cleaner lasted from the late 70s to the early 2000’s. It was an Electrolux which I bought from “The Electrolux Man” who sold door to door. It didn’t fail, I replaced it twelve years ago because we had just bought a house full of carpet and I thought we needed a new one. I had been gradually eliminating carpet at the old place. I gave the old one to Hubby to use in his shed where it eventually packed up a couple of years later I think.

How about that! The ads were true!


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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