Anne - I did go and buy some lovely wool (and a new vacuum) - have a couple of cushions to get on with now - should have one of the made by the end of the Rio trip.
Francine - I wish it was a break but it's another work trip. There are worse places to go in the world though and the weather should be warm.
Missy - I got a new Dyson - no Hetties or Henrys in my local electrical store and although I am having a little trouble with the tools I realise how badly my old one was behaving. It didn't owe me anything after 10 years of very hard service. I have lovely clean carpets now!
Bibbitybob (so sorry but I don't know your real name - must have a read through your old posts) - see above. I already spent £50 replacing the clutch last year and I thought it might be better and safer to invest in a new one as the old one was pretty much held together with electrical tape. It's a bit sad but it has given me enormous pleasure testing it out throughout the house.
I'd post a picture of my very perky looking carpet but there's a limit...
Hope you are enjoying some fab weather like we are here in North Yorkshire!