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I'm getting low on supplies. I have enough food to last me another day, although it's not the type of food I fancy at the moment. So I've been toying with the idea of venturing outside, tempting myself with the thought of cheese and avocados...but I'm daunted by the fact that there's five flights of stairs to negotiate before I'm at street level. Although under normal circumstances, the supermarket's only a five minute walk away, today it seems to me as if it might just as well be on the moon. And even if I do make it there, I don't know how I'm going to carry all the stuff I need back home with me.

Maybe Mum was right, and I should have stayed at hers a while longer. Contrary to my expectations, this walking cast hasn't made life any easier for me.

ETA: Problem solved! My kindly downstairs neighbour's just offered to take me grocery shopping tomorrow -- I can load up the boot to his car with all the goodies I require, and he'll even lug them upstairs for me.


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Jul. 27th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
That's very nice of him :)
Jul. 27th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
He's a decent sort. I'm quite lucky in my neighbours, they're all quite friendly really.

How are things in the new flat? Still loving everything about it?
Aug. 1st, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah things are good :) Not loving the Letting Agency they are useless!!!
Jul. 27th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness for good neighbours!
Jul. 27th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
We have a saying in Dutch, 'Een goede buur is beter dan een verre vriend'*, and now I'm finding out how true that is.

Did you have to put up an icon of Cookie Monster with the word 'Cookie' writ large over it? I haven't had a biscuit in over a month, and today's been the first day I've actually wanted one, and wanted it badly. If it hadn't been or my present difficulty, I would have run to the shop!

* = 'A good neighbour is better than a faraway friend'
Jul. 27th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
Soooooorry! This verre vriend was being a bit thoughtless! Here is some healthy food instead!

It is interesting to see how easy it is to understand Dutch - the only 'difficult' word would be buur - but then it is the same root as burgh as in Edinburgh or Scarborough, so 'neighbourhood' and then neighbour is easy to see as well.
Jul. 27th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
It is interesting to see how easy it is to understand Dutch

It's pronunciation that throws people. It's the same with Swedish e.g., I can usually figure out what it says when it's written own, but I can't understand a word when it's spoken! :-)

And as to the word 'buur', the archaic form is 'nabuur', which shows even more of a similarity with 'neighbour' again. We still use it in a related adjective, 'naburig', meaning 'in the vicinity of'.

As to the health food: it's a bit late now. I've already added biscuits to my shopping list! ;-)
Jul. 27th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Yay neighbour!

It might be worth finding out (for future reference) if any markets in your vicinity deliver.

I discovered accidentally a few years ago that a few of mine actually did. Plus at one, you can phone in your shopping list.
Jul. 27th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
There's only one supermarket in the Netherlands that delivers - but signing up for the service is a long and arduous process, and it isn't cheap either. I could make enquiries, but I'd be up and about again before I'd be in the position of actually placing my first order...
Jul. 27th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Just one!

I was so shocked I just inadvertantly kicked my dog.

She's not very happy with you.
Jul. 27th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Poor doggie! Please convey my apologies to her.
Jul. 27th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
Hmm - not often I tell people they need a Tescos - but you do! When my friend broke her leg she just shopped online at Tesco - even here on our little island Tescos do online shopping and delivery.
Jul. 27th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)

We're lightyears behind on the rest of the world...
Jul. 27th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you have a kind neighbor willing to help you out. I'd have to worry about you otherwise. *hugs*
Jul. 27th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
There's no need to worry, I'll be fine -- my neighbours as well as my family will take care of me and make sure I'll not starve. But thanks for the sentiment, anyway!
Jul. 28th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
Eeeek -- you're back! (So I am, hence the "duh".)

Oh, kindly neighbours are essential! I had to have amiinal dig my garage door out of a snowdrift. I was extravagantly grateful.

**hugs H's kindly neighbour, and H too**
Jul. 28th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
Hello! Glad to see you!
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