An American in Britain says there is "no duv-ate" about it.

Posted on December 22, 2008 by peacefulyorkshire

yahooavatar15We wrestle and tug for more control over it, that is, Mr. Chill and I. We’re in an eight-hour nocturnal struggle over duvet possession–an endless battle that every couple in Britain must experience these chilly eves  in bed.

“We’re not going to turn up the heat”, I say,“For goodness sake, darlin’, its the bloomin’ credit crunch! Oh, and you’re hogging the duvet again!”

It is only my £19.99 -twelve- toggle- Woolworth’s-duvet that is my shield against the December elements in my Damp Victorian Terrace Flat (and now, this important item might even be a collector’s item now that Woolie’s has gone under!)

Growing up for  20 odd years of  sheets surrounding me in a cozy wrap, I never had heard of a “Duvet” until I moved to Britain almost 10 years ago. Well, had you? And the thing about going back home to America these days are those silly, odd sheets.That bedding system feels claustrophobic to me. They bind my feet, crunch my toes and make me sweat. When you have been living in England for so long you realize how its the little things that make you more British. Like using Duvet covers, for example.

There is no “duv-ate” about it, because duvet covers just make sense to me.

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  2. pacificyorkshirebird December 22, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I’m quite partial to the top sheet, blanket, and comforter combo. I like to pull back the layers when I get too hot and pull them back up when I’m cold. I even brought a nice sheet set back with me about a year ago (because the only uk sheets I could afford were 50/50 polyester blends – yuck). But I do always have to explain to Mr. Charismatic that you are supposed to sleep under the top sheet.

  3. peacefulyorkshire December 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Right on, never realised that, “comforter” is much nicer sounding then a “bed-spread” which is also the norm in the USA!

  4. Iota December 22, 2008 at 1:51 am

    I like the British system, but I like the American word. “Comforter” – what could be nicer than that?

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