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Dec. 5th, 2003

Born and spent my childhood on the island of Jersey, to a Jerri father and a Northern Irish hill farming folk mother. Moved to England, spent most of my time here in the west country around Bath, or in London. Had jobs that took me to most parts of the world... And a meme gacked from nearly everyone on my friends list...

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks?

A brook

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store/supermarket?

A shopping trolley.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in?


4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in?

Frying pan.

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people?

A sofa.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof?

Gutters and drainpipe.

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening?

Conservatory. Or if they're posh they may have a gazebo.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages?

Soft drink or pop.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup?

I'm guessing this means a pancake...

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself?

Filled baguette

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach?

Swimming trunks.

12. Shoes worn for sports?

Trainers or plimsoles.

13. Putting a room in order?

Tidying up.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark?

Firefly. Never seen one, though...

15. The little insect arthropod that curls up into a ball?

Slater or woodlouse

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down?


17. How do you eat your pizza?

With cutlery. Or with fingers. It doesn't really matter.

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?

Car boot sale.

19. What's the evening meal?

Dinner or tea. Depends on whether it's cooked or cold.

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?

Basement or cellar. But what's a rec room?

21. That plant that kids throw at each other because it sticks to clothing?

Goose grass or cleavers. Then there are the teazles on the dunes...

22. Those little balls of froth on plants in spring, which contain some moth or other's eggs?

Cuckoo spit. And it's a frog hoppper not a moth. Unless of course you're thinking of the stuff produced by Burnett moth larvae, but they're now so rare that you hardly even see them on Les Mielles...

23. Girls' lower-half underwear?

Knickers or panties.

24. Boys' lower-half underwear?


24. The cloth you had when you were little and always slept with, and perhaps sucked your tongue with?

I had a bear called Bluie and another called woofer

25. Warm knitted top typically made of wool?


26. Baked in an oven, made of flour, butter, an egg, milk: raised with a chemical baking powder (cream of tartar/bicarbonate of soda) rather than with a yeasty leaven: what do you call it?

Soda bread.

27. A single thistledown seed flying free?

One o'clock.


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Dec. 5th, 2003 03:37 am (UTC)
No one has rec rooms in the U.K., apparently. Must be an American phenomenon!

It's short for "recreation room," and you would generally find it in the "finished" basement of a house. (Some basements are just dank and dirty and cement-y, like ours was, but others are "finished" -- i.e., made liveable with carpeting and fake wood walls and lights and heat and everything.)

The rec room is just a place for casual hanging out, or a room for kids to play out of the way of everyone else. There might be a TV set, sofa, chairs, or a wet bar down there, or games and toys and such if it's mainly for the kids.
Dec. 5th, 2003 04:17 am (UTC)
Yes, Rec rooms are useful wonderful things, right up there with utility and laundry rooms and basements in general for "Number one reason that I would ever want to live in America" My fridge only has two shelves, sits on top of a worktop in my kitchan and doesn't dispense ice... I wanna big american kitchen!!

Just you wait til you see how pokey houses tend to be over here...

Dec. 5th, 2003 04:35 am (UTC)
Just you wait til you see how pokey houses tend to be over here...

I *am* a bit worried about that! The house I'm living in now is small by American standards, and I complain about not having enough storage space, but at least we have a laundry room and a big refrigerator/freezer.
Dec. 5th, 2003 05:12 am (UTC)
Houses with basements aren't so common here either; at least that's my impression.
Dec. 5th, 2003 05:47 am (UTC)
mmmm Imagine having a room, just for laundry mmmm, imagine...

(we are lucky by london standards, we have an extra room, which is Wags home office, most people don't get that)
Dec. 5th, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC)
We have one. Our freezer is in it too, but it's above ground. It's extremely unusual for New Zealand houses to have a basement.
Dec. 5th, 2003 04:35 pm (UTC)
You could just about swing a cat in my flat, as long as it was a reasonably patient cat who didn't mind a sore head too much...
Dec. 5th, 2003 04:27 am (UTC)
No one has rec rooms in the U.K., apparently. Must be an American phenomenon!

The name is American, but also it's a big house phenonmenon - I've visited big houses where they have what's basically what you describe, but it would be a playroom or a sitting-room or what you will.
Dec. 5th, 2003 04:38 am (UTC)
Aha, so there *are* big houses in the U.K.! Though none I could ever afford to live in, I'm sure. :)
Dec. 5th, 2003 10:21 am (UTC)
Well, if you want to torment yourself looking at soft-porn photographs of big houses that neither of us can afford to live in, check out the ESPC website. I fantasise over that a lot. Well, okay, more than is sensible.

Under Property Search, click on All Areas, Next, and select 4 bedrooms and 4 public rooms. It shows them in reverse order of price, so the last page of the listings will have the really droolworthy houses on it. As for example: Magnificent semi detached B listed Georgian townhouse/accommodation over 3 floors. Upgraded to exacting standard/fine period features. Hall, drawingroom, sittingroom, diningroom, familyroom, kitchen, utilityroom, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, shower room, WC. Gas Central Heating/Double Glazing. Large gardens. What you can buy in Edinburgh if you've got about £800K to throw around...
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