Wonders of the Flatley drier
WHAT excitement I felt as I peeled back the pages of Bristol Times and there, in all its wonderful glory, was a picture I thought I would never see.
I was certain that our Flatley drier was the very last surviving example of this relic from the past.
Whenever I mention it to anyone under 50 they look at me as if I am completely bonkers and had dreamed up the whole idea of this strange contraption, and its even stranger name.
Our less than pristine example has for the past 50 years resided in the old pantry of my mother's kitchen silently adding to the electricity bill at what I'm sure must be quite an alarming rate.
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While it's been repainted several times, and lost its wooden slats to numerous DIY projects (they were particularly useful for stirring tins of paint) it is still fully functional and doing what it was designed to do.
With no slats to hang the clothing on the washing gets piled onto the metal grid in the bottom to air.
It is then cooked for about 60 minutes at what appears to be quite an extreme temperature.
Thermostatic control was just a pipe dream in the far off days of the Sixties when the Flatley was conceived.
Many a wayward sock has met its end, scorched to destruction after falling through the grill onto the hot element that is the beating heart of this power-hungry beast.
Time, I'm sure will eventually catch up with our Flatley but its memory will forever live on in, hopefully in the form of much lower electricity bills.