There are still the remains of sales in some local shops. I am looking for something in particular and I was in the one shop that might just have provided it. I browsed the department upstairs where you find cushions, bedding, curtains and some menswear. So far no luck, I could not see what I wanted. All the staff work downstairs, which is where I found a shop assistant. While I was asking, it occurred to me that she might not understand what I was looking for:
Me –“I am looking for a counterpane, do you have any?” Assistant- “ Could you tell me what that might be?”
It seemed I was speaking a foreign language. I explain it is a
bed-cover….she continues to look vacantly at me….. I’m thinking quickly
about what might be the current trendy modern translation for 'bed-cover' and I
tentatively suggest “A throw”. Some comprehension dawns. The assistant tells me there are no throws……“Throws are for Christmas” !