Candes Saint-Martin, my favourite spot in La Touraine.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

A new pet

Those of you who know me, know that I'm really fond of cats. I never actually owned one, yet... And I won't for another year or two, because the lease of my apartment clearly stipulates that pets (apart perhaps a goldfish or a hamster in a cage) are not allowed in the complex. 

So I'll wait till the day I have a place of my own ... 



Image from the internet

In the meantime, I will have to make do with Nono for company. Nono is my newly acquired and extremely clever sweeping robot.You may recall that last April I lost my cleaning lady L. She was forced to retire due to a serious heart condition. She was finally called in for open heart surgery in October. The operation was a success, but she is no longer allowed to do heavy work, which is good news for her but very inconvenient for me. It's very hard to find good cleaning help you can fully trust.

That's what I liked about L.. She was not only very thorough and professional, she was also one of the most reliable people I've ever met. Moreover, she was great fun to have around. She used to come in on Thursday afternoon, my day of teleworking. While she cleaned under and around my desk, I dropped in at mother's, just to be out of the way. By the time I came back - approx. an hour later - I could continue working at my usual spot, while she cleaned the rest of the apartment. She stayed well out of my way, in order not to disturb me in my work. 

At half past three she used to emerge from the kitchen with a cup of coffee she had made for herself. I took a short break and shared some 'eclairs' and local gossip with her. She knows almost everybody in the village and all the recent savoury and unsavoury events. It was a great way to stay in touch with village life, which will be very helpful once I am retired.

To make a long story short, I heard about the existence of Nono on the radio. A quick internet search revealed that the robot had two sweeping functions: one 'dry' (an a automatic 'Swiffer' so to say) and one using water and a cleaning liquid.

Meet Nono, here the robot is sweeping my kitchen floor

It has its own battery charger and GPS. Fully charged it has an autonomy of 2 hours. It comes with two types of sweeping rags, one for dusting, one for sweeping. It doesn't do carpets. However, Nono can be a bit cheeky and something finds its way unto a slim carpet. So you can't exactly leave it on its own. It's best to stick around, because sometimes it gets stuck under a low cupboard. When this happens, it emits a panicky 'beep-beep' cry for help and its blue control light flashes red!

If I were to rate this robot, I would give it an 8 out of 10. It's main inconveniences being:

1: Despite its rectangular shape, it's not always efficient in corners (minus 0.25 points).
2: It's very stubborn, and won't always do as you tell ... its GPS being its only master (minus 0,25 points).
3: It feeds on electricity only and doesn't eat '├ęclairs', nor drinks coffee ... and worst of all, it doesn't know any village gossip (minus 1.5 points)!

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8 comments:

Carolyn said...

I'll hold out on buying a robot sweeper till they make one that can bring me an eclair and a cup of tea.

ladybird said...

Carolyn, LOL!Thank you popping in and commenting after my long absence. Wishing you all the best in 2017.

Bob said...

i'm waiting for them to have a robot to do my lawn!!!! good luck on finding that special cleaning lady, they are hard to find.

chm said...

In my apartment in Paris, Nono would be overwhelmed and probably would go on strike. I'll wait until I can find one that can do heavy work. Once you know Nono better, I'm sure it will be a great company.

ladybird said...

Bob, Lawn mover robots exist ... so what are you waiting for? ;) Mind you, a good one is still very expensive. For a big lawn a sturdy robot easily costs 1.500 to 2.000 euros! Or even more.

Chm, LOL. Nono has a bit of trouble with my furniture too, but it manages ... Yesterday it 'fell asleep' (out of battery power) under my dining room table. I had to put it in its cradle for a nap and a energy boost!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Martine. Glad to have your posts again. The new pet looks like a good investment, on the practical side. All the very best for 2017.
Veronica

Autolycus said...

If Youtube is to be believed, one of the primary purposes of robot sweepers is to provide a smooth ride for.... cats. Just thought I'd mention that.

(Welcome back, BTW, and all good wishes for your retirement preparations)

ladybird said...

Hi Veronica, Nice to read you. Happy New Year to you too. Thank you for the lovely Christmas Card! Hug!

Patrick, I've seen photos of cats riding duster robots :) They are too cute ... Retirement red-tape can be tedious and slow ... but we are getting there.