Meet my leetle freend
This is Henry. Oh, and it looks like he’s happy to see you!
Yes, my new vacuum has a name. And a smiley face. And a derby. (Eh. It could have been worse).
Don’t laugh; this is a serious piece of kit. The Numatic Company got its start forty years ago making industrial vacuums for cleaning out boilers.
Six people in a shed kludging together rugged little industrial workhorses. Originally, they made vacuums out of “found” components — oil drums, furniture casters, suitcase handles, kitchen mixing bowls.
I just love that.
You live in a 400 year old house, you have to vacuum. A LOT. In 360 degrees. Spiderwebs, bits of wool blown in from the fields, tiny fragments of oak beams. (Get me! I Hoover up artifacts from the reign of Elizabeth the First!)
It must be said, I’m awful at it. Here’s hoping a decent vacuum will help.