Saturday, 4 April 2015

Blogging from A to Z in April - The Letter D - Saturday 4th April 2015

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 Saturday 4th April 2015 - The Letter D.

D is for 'Dra-på-lakan' which is Swedish for 'Fitted sheets'.

I know, I put the Swedish word first this time.  I had a hard time choosing an English word for 'D'. I mean, besides the word 'dog' there are a lot of sad words that begin with the letter 'D', such as 'destruction', 'disaster', 'dead', 'dismal' and 'dumb', etc. I think you know what I mean.

This way, I get to honour the memory of Tina Downey in a very concrete way. In one of her posts of 'Postcards from Sweden', she writes how difficult it was to make a bed when she was growing up in Sweden. There was no such thing as a fitted sheet. You tucked a flat sheet onto a thin mattress-pad as a bottom-sheet and hoped that it would stay put. It never did. Read about it here in her post for the letter 'H' about the Swedish word 'hoppa', which means 'hop' in English.

I wrote to Tina and told her that Sweden was progressing: there are now fitted sheets in different sizes for anyone and everyone to purchase and enjoy. And the Swedish word for 'fitted sheets' is 'dra-på-lakan', literally 'pull-on sheets'.

Thanks for visiting!

Best wishes,

First Commenter:
Carrie Butler


Carrie Butler said...

Fitted sheets for everyone! :)

Unknown said...

Saturday 4th April 2015

Dear Carrie,

Thank you so much for visiting my post about fitted sheets. I'm having extra company for the Easter break, so bed-making and sheets are on my mind.

Thanks also for widening my view with your inspirational post about opera singer, Donald Braswell.

Best wishes,


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Anna - Tina was a delight wasn't she - and I think we're all missing her - but it's good to meet another Swede.

My recent sheet purchases were from Ikea - and they were pull on ones (or as I would say fitted sheets!). I must go and read her Hoppa post ...

Good to meet you and enjoy the A-Z .. cheers Hilary

loverofwords said...

Nice tribute to Tina. Fitted sheets are a great invention but tricky to fold to store.

D.G. Hudson said...

I think fitted sheets are a gift from the household gods. Loverof words is right, too, they are difficult to fold in a neat way. It's nice for you to remember Tina, during this event that she used to share with us.

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