Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Quickie

$440 later, we have a beautifully smooth sliding balcony door with new rollers and it fits tightly and seals much better. We once had broken nylon rollers replaced by metal but the metal was wearing out the track. We now have strong nylon rollers that will apparently 'see us out'. The last time a large burly chap just lifted the door off and the cost was cheaper. This time we needed two men, one a glazier with those suction cup things to lift the door off.


Mother gave us a pair of these RSPCA fundraising tea towels for Christmas. They are very good, although quite expensive. I will ask for more as gifts in the future. Our Italian oven is now over a year old and it is brilliant, so R tells me. The dial on the right is the temperature. The dial on the left is incomprehensible to me. It turns various elements and fans off and on. R had to learn how to use the oven. About a month ago he spent a couple of hours cleaning the oven and declared, no more lamb roasts. If you want a lamb roast, have one at a pub. The other thing about lamb roasts is the smell that hangs around after cooking.


18 comments:

  1. great door and towel

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  2. We need to get some burley men to repair our sliding door.
    Love the tea towels. I think lamb is perhaps the 'smelliest' meat when (and after) it is cooking. You and R have reminded me that our oven needs attention too. There haven't been any lamb roasts, but it is in need of a clean.

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    1. EC, there are people in Melbourne who professionally clean ovens, for about $45. Tempting.

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    2. $45? I must make enquiries here for my oven.

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  3. Anonymous8:02 am

    See you out? Have you got one foot in the grave then? What is the life of a nylon roller? Sounds ominous. - Ian

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    1. Ian, in the opinion of some young people, perhaps we have. Time will tell if we outlive the rollers.

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  4. Your door looks wonderful!
    I love the fundraising tea towels. And what a great cause.

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    1. Sandra, the principle of selling a quality product as a fund raiser is a great idea.

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    2. That's for sure, Andrew.
      Hope your day is pleasant and productive.

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  5. Only $440? That's a good deal for a door that works and seals well. Now just make sure you keep the track and rollers clean of dust. Can I borrow R to clean my oven? I haven't done any lamb roasts, but there is spatter build up on the sides of the oven from roasting veggies. My kids do lamb roasts often and the greasy smell does hang around a long time.

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    1. River, we do keep the tracks clean. The rollers are hidden. The roast lamb cooked in a fan forced oven that blows hot air out is even worse than in a conventional oven.

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  6. I love the tea towel. But no more roast lamb? (See, I'm too old fashioned to say "lamb roast". I grew up saying "roast lamb", and I guess I'll keep saying it. I blame Tom Cruise. Remember when they had a few ads for "lamb roasts" trying to get people to eat more lamb? Well if it were not so bleedin' expensive...

    Okay, I seem to have wandered right off the track. Sorry about that, mate. But I hope you, er, R, enjoy your relatively new oven, even if isn't used to roast any lamb.

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    1. Rozzie, now you making me wonder about how I say the two words. Somewhere along the way I have changed from lamb roast to roast lamb. How odd. We used to only buy a leg or half a leg when it was reduced or on special. The oven does cook well and very evenly.

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  7. I couldn't live without roast Lamb. Our oven (which sounds much like yours) is German, and the 'chip' that controls all the settings gave up four days after the guarantee also gave up. Now we have to go through some bizarre rigmarole whenever we use the oven. Crazy machine!

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    1. Cro, fortunately our oven is built by Italians and so taking the example of the reliability of Alfa Romeos, it should be fine. Joking aside, four days after a warranty ends, I would still approach the company to see what they can do for you.

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  8. No roast lamb for me either, I don't like it.
    I also need a new door, not just new rollers.

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    1. Sami, I love eating roast lamb, but I don't like the smell and I think maybe after eating roast lamb, I smell like roast lamb. Ah well, I put up with plenty of garlic smells on people. Not sure about your door, but ours looks exactly the same after being fixed, so it feels like money you might spend elsewhere, but to have a good sliding door is a joy.

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