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 Post subject: Re: Beds and Bedding
PostPosted: 09 Feb 2019, 09:02 
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Mrs Redboots wrote:
Duvets, however, don't require any other bedding at all, although some people do have a separate top sheet (we don't), except possibly a rug on top on very cold nights.


I have a cotton blanket (or 2) between the top sheet and duvet in winter. Blankets etc. on top of a duvet compress the fill. It's the pockets of air that provide thermal insulation, and reducing the air pockets allows heat conduction, making the duvet less effective.

In summer, just a cotton blanket is enough for me, no duvet required.


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 Post subject: Re: Beds and Bedding
PostPosted: 10 Feb 2019, 01:35 
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Jane wrote:
Bit late to the party here, but I have been interested in this discussion. I had always assumed plumeau = duvet, but stand corrected. However, the page Cestina linked to translates it as eiderdown. My parents and grandparents had these - a warm quilt that went over the other bedclothes and had a decorative, non-removable cover. So what other bedclothes did the Chalet girls have under the plumeau and why were they such a surprise?

What did surprise me in Russia in the 1970s was the sheet-like bedcover with a diamond cutout and the blankets folded inside it. Warm but very heavy.


I doubt they had anything. Using a sheet with the old fashioned Chalet School type Federbetten/Plumeaux would defeat the purpose. Because they're literally just a sack of down, with no stitching to inhibit the movement of the filling, they settle round your body, so there are no drafts. Then as you move around during the night, the air gets between the feathers so that when you wake up in the morning, they've puffed right up and you can't see over the top of them without sitting up.

Possibly they were a surprise because at the time EBD was writing, any kind of duvet was unheard of in the UK, so they would have been new and very different to a British schoolgirl. It was really only from about the mid 1970s that you started to see duvets in the UK, but even then, never the Federbett type.


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 Post subject: Re: Beds and Bedding
PostPosted: 11 Feb 2019, 15:29 
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I now realise that there are worldwide variations in pillows, and have even seen a 'pillow menu' in a hotel - I remember my Polish friend coming back from her first holiday there with a new supply of square pillows (having worn out the ones her parents had brought with them years earlier), the South American pillowcases we inherited from a family friend were rectangular but very long, and the IKEA ones we used to have were even smaller than UK ones. It just didn't occur to me as a young reader, but perhaps the pillows the girls used in Austria and Switzerland might be a different size or shape to the fairly small rectangular UK ones?


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I got a "pillow menu" at a hotel in India last year. It's the sort of thing that just wouldn't occur to a young reader, and it had probably never occurred to someone like Eustacia, who, as far as we know, had never been abroad before. I appreciate that the school couldn't start providing different bedding for each girl, but I can understand why she was upset.

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 Post subject: Re: Beds and Bedding
PostPosted: 11 Feb 2019, 17:06 
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I sort and price linen in a charity shop and we get quite an assortment of pillowcases donated to us. As well as the standard rectangular ones, we get small and large squares and very long rectangles. Then there are ones with frills or embroidery...


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PostPosted: 11 Feb 2019, 22:03 
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Wouldn't the long ones be bolster cases? My parents always had a long bolster, like a double width pillow on the bed reaching from side to side. Their individual pillows sat on that.


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PostPosted: 12 Feb 2019, 07:44 
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Many of my wedding presents in 1971 were beautiful embroidered guest
pillowcases the packaging was sometimes as elaborate as the contents
It was expected that the "best" linen went onto the beds in the guest room Only problem was like many young marrieds at the time we did not have a guest room let alone a spare bed


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 Post subject: Re: Beds and Bedding
PostPosted: 12 Feb 2019, 10:27 
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JanBrown wrote:
Wouldn't the long ones be bolster cases? My parents always had a long bolster, like a double width pillow on the bed reaching from side to side. Their individual pillows sat on that.
If that's the long South American pillowcases I mentioned, no they were just extra extra long pillowcases, because they don't have a flap at one end, so you might want to tuck them in - or at any rate, not have the pillow falling out. I do remember bolsters from staying with a friend's family - we were sharing a double but put a bolster down the middle because we both climb Everest in our sleep, as it were!


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 Post subject: Re: Beds and Bedding
PostPosted: 12 Feb 2019, 16:54 
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Bolsters were traditionally used by children in GO who used to put them in their beds to fool parents /teachers before they went off on an adventure/midnight feast etc.


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