Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things with Engines or Motors


Motors around the house

Just for a change from vehicles and machinery, I decided to photograph things around the house with motors.

The first two are a couple of real veterans that I’ve owned for decades.

My Sunbeam hand mixer has just finished its Christmas tour of duty as I made two batches of mince pies. It faltered a little at one point and I thought I was going to lose it but it soldiered on to finish the job. This mixer originally belonged to mum. I got it for her with a voucher I’d won in a competition in 1970 when I was thirteen. When I got married she gave it to me and it’s been with me ever since. That’s nearly 50 years of service. They knew how to make them back then. For the record, I think it cost about $25 at least that’s how much the voucher was for. I can’t remember if we bought anything else with it.

The veteran hand mixer is still in use.

Mum also gave me my Ronson hairdryer. I believe I was 23 when I got it. It hasn’t had such a lot of use as the mixer as I usually prefer to dry my hair naturally now that I wear it short but it still works.

Hairdryer mum gave me when I was 23.

It has seen better days but this small heater/cooler still works and gets a bit of use on chilly evenings keeping my feet warm when I am on the computer. It’s been around since about 2002

A small fan cooler/heater about 16 years old.

The HP printer has no such pedigree. It is probably more than five years old now. I know David and I bought it in Hobart. I don’t remember when. It still works but I don’t print that often.

HP Printer.

The last item is my Hoover Dog and Cat vacuum cleaner. I bought this while David was sick in the hospital so I know it is about three years old.

vacuum cleaner with a power head for pet hair.

Taswegian1957

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 WordPress.com 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. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.

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