Saturday, February 16, 2013


A family of five with their visitors who are very large and tall people, and their children, all in a small cottage = overcrowding.

Add to that evening guests, of which I shall be one, to attend the birthday party of one of the children, and you have accommodation problems - a major squash of bodies!   It is going to be some birthday party to herald in the teenage years.

I wonder where all the big adults  and children will be sleeping once all the evening guests have departed.  The floor space is limited.  The bath can't double up as a bed because the one and only toilet is in the same room. It's not warm enough at night to sleep in tents outside, nor, is there room to erect one in the house.  Don't even think of hammocks!!


The Owl Wood said...

When I read the "A squashed teenager" title I assumed that it was the beginning of one of those "What do you call twenty thousand lawyers at the bottom of a river ..." jokes.

A beginning?

Truly, can none of you sleep standing up?

keiko amano said...


The photo is sooooo cute!

Well, about accommadation for teenagers, I don't worry about it. After my daughter's wedding, I saw an unthinkable scene next morning. Many people slept in tents in her backyard, but some didn't even have their tent. One teenager was sleeping on four or so fold-up-chairs under the sky. He was so talented in the way he rolled up in his blanket, and most of all, he didn't fall down from the chair!

One advantage of Japanese tatami- mat rooms is that we can sleep side by side. The whole room is bed at night!

mira said...

You sound concerned- and rightly so . Ask. and get answers sooner rather than later.


Anonymous said...

There's standing room only by the sound of it! Flighty xx

Snowbird said...

Goodness mw, they will have to get creative that's for sure! Maybe they'll sit on each other!xxxxx

ZACL said...

Ciao OW,

Which part of the Antipodes would you suggest we set up camp upon?

ZACL said...

I am absolutely fascinated by your tatami rooms, Keiko. Is that a permanent arrangement, or an occasional one?

Sleeping outside here, at the moment, is not a safe option, hypothermia could pay a visit.

ZACL said...

Hi Mira,

There are some concerns - handled diplomatically- the best one can say is, it is very useful to have relatives with a guest room or two throughout the year.

ZACL said...

Sit upon each other - now there's a thought, snowbird. Entwined and entangled legs and arms. Attempting a morning roll-call should be interesting.

ZACL said...

You were right about standing room, Mr F. xx

Anonymous said...

Ha ha! great post and love the comments. I'm about to blow up a bed for my bro ... as in inflate, not explode ;)

ZACL said...

Erm yes, GillyK, it's always safer to inflate said bed - just think of the mess an explosion would make. Come to think of it, don't over - inflate the thing.