Ich spreche Deutsches sehr gut nicht an allen

How I wish that my German teacher had paid more attention in class…[2]

I am after a circular needle. I want an Addi Lace needle. They have suddenly become far more available than previously. I decided that it was worth a look on eBay… sure enough, there are quite a few listed. But wait, what is this? Needle from the US of A – £10.86 plus £3.05 p&p…. needle from Germany – £3.66 (mail for p&p details)

I think that they are equivalent items, but the listing is in German and Babelfish (hey – when did Yahoo! take over Altavista?) is about as useful as Babelfish generally is – and my own German is weak in the extreme.[1]

Footnote [1] one year of a supposed two year 6th form O-level option…

Footnote [2] …lessons from which the teacher skived more often than not, and we had to teach ourselves. The second year simply failed to materialise

Recently, at the: Crooked House

Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020


  1. February 9, 2009

    Well, Addi needles are german, so it makes sense that they’d be cheaper to buy from Germany…

    • February 10, 2009

      @beautyredefined, It doesn’t automatically follow. Especially with the Euro exchange rate being what it is. I have purchased some euro goods cheaper in the US in the past than from the source. My regular pet supplies come from Germany and they have become hideously expensive in recent months.

  2. Ute
    February 10, 2009

    Hi Beth,

    It might not be too late….


    • February 10, 2009


      Thank you, Ute. I doubt if I could afford your services, though!

  3. February 10, 2009

    Have you tried writing – bet they are the same and they are bound to be cheaper only hopping over from Germany?

    I would hazzard a guess that her English is probably a lot better than our German, lol!

    • February 10, 2009

      > I would hazzard a guess that her English is probably a lot better than our German, lol!

      so would I. We Brits are a disgrace when it comes to languages.
      Not that I am resistant, per se – bit I do have a totally useless “ear” for languages. Always got on with the written word quite well but when they began language labs and lessons taught in foreign lingo… I just floundered, and then failed.

      I’d just like to be able to say “two beers, please” in any language on earth – then I’d be happy 🙂

  4. February 12, 2009

    There should be universal sign language for “two beers please” which translates easily into any language at any place in the world!

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