Most stores are shut on Sundays, so rather than becoming errand days, they are brunch-eating and museum-going days. I have also decided that they will make good laundry and housecleaning days, so this afternoon (when we returned from brunch and a museum) we set about learning how to use our washing machine, which is different from other washing machines I’ve used. To keep the appliance small, the drum is positioned upright, like a hamster wheel, and you access it by lifting the lid and then opening a little door on the drum. (When first you open the lid, you appear to be looking into a rotary slicer or cheese grater rather than a washing machine, but once you open the little door, it looks more familiar, which is comforting.)
Once Paul had a gander at the manual, we were able to figure out what was what: some basic translations of the buttons and symbols, half of which we could figure out and half of which were a bit opaque. The thing that confused me most was where to put the soap, as there were three compartments at the rear, not to mention the drum itself. (It goes in compartment II, the leftmost one, and there is, rather nicely, a setting for powdered detergent and one for liquid.) In the end, it seems to operate quite nicely, and I have now successfully done the week’s washing. As easy as the Lady Kenmore!
The drying, of course, will take longer (thank goodness we have radiators!), but I did discover that the white mesh object I thought was a shopping cart turns out to be a drying rack, so now it is set up in the kitchen, covered in clothes. Turns out I might not need that paracord and those clothespins I brought after all!