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Tools We Use To Keep Up Appearances

If you’re anything like my husband Paul, then you absolutely must have the right tools for the job.

For as long as I can remember he has been extremely proud of the fact that he owns his own home (well along with me anyway) and has always taken extreme pride in keeping our home and our garden looking like new.

In fact, we both take pride in our home, it is after all the place we live, and have regular guests making unannounced appearances. Now if you’ve ever watched the programme Keeping Up Appearances then you’ll know all about Hyacinth Bucket (Bouquet) and her long suffering husband Richard. In our case we are fairly similar, except the roles are reversed.

I don’t moan about it though. I would much rather have a husband that is fussy than one that couldn’t give a flying pig about anything.

So here, I just thought I’d write a few words on some of hubby’s favourite tools that he uses to keep up the appearance of a tidy and well loved home.

The Lawnmower

We don’t have a particularly large garden, just an average sized garden, both front and back that you might expect to find in any neighbourhood, but I must say we do like it looking neat and tidy. I mean, who doesn’t like a neatly trimmed lawn?

The lawnmower that Paul uses, and has done for a little while now is the Bosch Rotak 40 Ergoflex electric rotary lawnmower. Quite a mouthful isn’t it?

We have found, or rather hubby has found that it does a really nice job. It’s rather a chunky beast but surprisingly isn’t quite as heavy as one might think, and it does cover cut a nice cutting area.

What hubby likes about it most are the fact that it’s easy to handle and move around the gardens. It’s also easy to dispose of the cut grass when the large grassbox is full, and easy to put the grassbox back on. You can also change the height or your cut, simply by pulling the lever.

Our most favourite feature though is that you can cut your lawn like those you see on television of stately homes. Thanks to the rear roller, the lawns we have look really quite beautiful.

Pressure Washer

The simple pressure washer. What a tool this is.

I’ll spare you the details of how many jobs about the garden and home my husband does with his pressure washer because really, there are too many to mention.

Washing the caravan and car. Ok I had to at least mention one, and this is probably the job that is most performed by pressure washer owners.

The actual pressure washer my husband uses is the Karcher K4 Eco Premium. I must admit, it makes a fine and quick job on many things, and maybe the main reason we chose it was because it had a number of very good reviews.

It certainly isn’t the cheapest of pressure washers you can buy, but it isn’t the most expensive either, and you do get a nice product with included accessories for the price.

The thing Peter likes most about the Karcher K4 is the ability to quickly change over attachments, and there are numerous attachments available for this model. Also it has a “plug n clean” system which is handy little feature that allows you to change from one detergent to a different detergent which is pretty useful when you want to clean one thing and then move straight on to another.

Job Done

So there you have it, just a couple of items that we use to keep our home and garden looking fab!