Yesterday morning the iron malfunctioned or rather the lead did. Sparks were coming out of it down at the plug end (probably not a good sign) where the wires were protruding from the fabric sheath. I guess it wasn't earthing otherwise our system would have tripped out. Fortunately a suitable replacement has been obtained which will allow The Handbrake to happily continue her wifely duties without interruption.
The washing machine is also on the blink. After 9 years of faithful service (except for a couple of replacement pumps) the gearbox has decided to dispense with any form of lubrication and dumped a load of oil on the concrete floor of the laundry. Mr Repairman says it's not worth fixing but could continue to run 'dry' for some time before finally expiring. Either that or the weird noises its making will force us to buy a new one in due course. Sadly it doesn't look as if it'll be making the big trip to Brisbane with us in the new year.