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Linda-mary Sigley
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quotePosted at 05:33 on 14th October 2011

I'm sure I will get help with these terms I've run across in my cottage search on POE.  I have actually found 2 places that I feel we will book in the next few months.  One is in Somerton, Somerset and the other is in Ramsgate, Kent.  Paul, do you remember recliners from the days when you lived over here?  Some folks just called them "lazy boys." Overstuffed chairs that recline.  Well I need to know what they are called in the UK as that is what I have to have to sleep in.  I'll pay the cottage owners extra.  Thanks.

zip link bed

hob

pp after a sum of money in pounds sterling

market buttercross

electric shower

Hubby Lee got a kick out of electric shower (former electronics instructor).  He asked me if sparks showered on you.  His idea of humor.  Well it does sound a bit dangerous.

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Ron Brind
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quotePosted at 11:27 on 14th October 2011

Hi Linda-Mary

Overstuffed chairs that recline......Recliner (s)

zip link bed... have no idea, maybe a reference to a 'foldaway' bed

hob... The top of the cooker where the gas/electric rings are

pp....Per Person

market buttercross....Local market

electric shower...Shower where cold water from the mains supply is heated by electricity.

Hope that helps a little

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quotePosted at 17:59 on 14th October 2011

I think Ron has essentially answered Linda-Mary's questions bar to add/amend that the mains water comming into a house normally only feeds the kitchen cold water tap and the water tank in the loft, thus all the other cold water comes from the tank under gravity pressure.

The showers are typically 7 or 8 kilowatts and cold water is fed into a small tank inside them and very rapidly heated. The temperature control is mixing the cold water and hot like a mixer tap on a kitchen sink. They also often have booster pumps to increase the pressure going through the shower which might include a pulse effect shower too. No electric wall switches are allowed in bathrooms and have to be cord operated instead for lights and the only power outlets allowed are razor sockets.



Edited by: Paul Hilton at:14th October 2011 23:56
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Barbara Shoemaker
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quotePosted at 21:30 on 14th October 2011

Please correct this American if I'm wrong, but I believe a zip link bed would be twin beds that can be "zip linked" together to make a king sized bed.  There is some sort of cover or insert, etc. that enables you to do this.

 

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Paul HiltonPremier Member - Click for more info
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quotePosted at 00:23 on 15th October 2011

The old butter market at Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

Amersham
Picture by chris williams


 

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quotePosted at 00:37 on 15th October 2011

The butter market beneath the old grammar school in Market Harborough.

Old Grammer School, Market Harborough
Picture by Kevin Sinclair


 

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Paul HiltonPremier Member - Click for more info
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quotePosted at 00:59 on 15th October 2011

A zip and link bed is essentially when two single beds can be joined together to make a double bed.

Hob unit---if you say, have a built in oven, then you have no cooker rings. So, a seperate unit, gas or electric, you'd then have built into the work surface with 4 rings to cook with which is the hob unit.

Between Ramsgate, Kent and Somerset, I'd chose Somerset right away.



Edited by: Paul Hilton at:15th October 2011 01:00
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Ron Brind
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quotePosted at 08:58 on 15th October 2011

Hence the comment.... zip link bed... have no idea, maybe a reference to a 'foldaway' bed...

So thanks for that Barbara. This Brit has learned something new today from a POE member in the US. Brilliant!! lol

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Ruth Gregory
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quotePosted at 20:45 on 15th October 2011

What else were your really thinking, Ron?  lol

Linda Mary, they also call the stove the cooker.

The lounge is the living room.

Electric shower sounds positively shocking!

Just a tip, one of the things we looked for when we were looking for a place was off-street parking and laundry facilities.

Also, their ground floor is our first floor, and their first floor is our second floor.

 

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James Prescott
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quotePosted at 20:49 on 15th October 2011
i think he was thinking about the water-bed he sold----him and anna were drifting apart.
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