British Expats

British Expats (https://britishexpats.com/forum/)
-   France (https://britishexpats.com/forum/france-76/)
-   -   Wives! Who'd have 'em! (https://britishexpats.com/forum/france-76/wives-whod-have-em-926805/)

Tweedpipe Jul 30th 2019 11:23 am

Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
It's all in the title.......or rather, perhaps I should rephrase it. French wives! Who'd have 'em?
I've mentioned in a previous post that Mme TP is somewhat of a worrier, and in fact when there's really nothing to worry about - like at the moment, she'll worry!
Over the last month or so I've been brow-beaten that we need to change our mattress. Ok, the bedroom suite and mattress we purchased 12 years ago on moving, so perhaps she's right that the mattress should now be changed. It's taken a short while for me to buy into this, but to ensure that calm reigns I've conceded. We'll get a good new mattress. One point to 'er in the blue corner.
Then she delivered a sneaky, sharp blow which I didn't see coming.
She now informs me that one shouldn't purchase a new mattress without changing the bed frame, quoting: The mattress takes care of comfort while the bed frame provides support, so one must devote as much importance to the bed frame as the mattress. Although she's a brilliant housewife, she's generally devoid of all business sense, so I can't help wondering what promotional web sites she's been reading, and apparently believing.
He in the red corner is ready to put up a good fight, but is rapidly tiring. Should I deliver a knock-out punch, put her up on LeBonCoin for worst offers, or both?
All comments (and offers) welcome. :unsure:

cyrian Jul 30th 2019 1:28 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
Hi TP
My DD in London recently changed her mattress.
She went for one of those new ones that is advertised on tv.
Emma??
She swears by it.
Why don't you suggest getting a new mattress to start with and see how it goes.
If Mme TP is in the mood then perhaps it is her OH who next on the "to be replaced" list. :p

BuckinghamshireBoy Jul 30th 2019 1:28 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Tweedpipe (Post 12716760)
... put her up on LeBonCoin for worst offers, or both?
All comments (and offers) welcome. :unsure:

:)

I find that I am substituting the acronym IQ (IKEA Queen) for OH more frequently when posting.

Just a few moments ago:

"BB, I'm going down to the big Carrefour, can I get you anything?"

Muffled reply from behind sofa: "Whose card are you taking?"

Courage, mon pote.

:fingerscrossed:

mikelincs Jul 30th 2019 4:19 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by cyrian (Post 12716805)
Hi TP
My DD in London recently changed her mattress.
She went for one of those new ones that is advertised on tv.
Emma??
She swears by it.
Why don't you suggest getting a new mattress to start with and see how it goes.
If Mme TP is in the mood then perhaps it is her OH who next on the "to be replaced" list. :p

I've got the 'EVE' mattress as advertised, and yes it's very comfortable..

Jerseygirl Jul 30th 2019 5:30 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
Had a memory foam mattresses for around 15 years. Wonderful I can’t feel hubby twitching and fidgeting about. Got one of those electronic beds...if he annoys me I stick him in the zero gravity position. :sneaky:

Chris'nJulie Jul 31st 2019 9:12 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
My old wife left some years ago, and I later acquired a new one.

However, the mattress (over 12 years old) remains. The bed was bought at John Lewis, and has given good service over the last 12-plus years, however, I like to turn the mattress regularly, but this mattress is layered wool, and extremely heavy, and I am older, and more frail now.

I have been looking at the "Eve" and "Emma" mattresses on line, and have seen mixed reviews.

Can anyone else confirm that they are a good buy - I have always preferred a slightly more rigid mattress, but current back problems suggest that a softer one may be more comfortable.

Can they be purchased in France, and has anyone had any bad experiences with them?

Ta.

cyrian Jul 31st 2019 11:32 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Chris'nJulie (Post 12717128)
My old wife left some years ago, and I later acquired a new one.

However, the mattress (over 12 years old) remains. The bed was bought at John Lewis, and has given good service over the last 12-plus years, however, I like to turn the mattress regularly, but this mattress is layered wool, and extremely heavy, and I am older, and more frail now.

I have been looking at the "Eve" and "Emma" mattresses on line, and have seen mixed reviews.

Can anyone else confirm that they are a good buy - I have always preferred a slightly more rigid mattress, but current back problems suggest that a softer one may be more comfortable.

Can they be purchased in France, and has anyone had any bad experiences with them?

Ta.

There is an advert for one of them on french tv but I haven't paid much attention to it.


dmu Jul 31st 2019 11:39 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by cyrian (Post 12717163)
There is an advert for one of them on french tv but I haven't paid much attention to it.

I never pay much attention to any adverts on French TV, but Emma struck me as being a funny name for a mattress. They're both available in France, as per:

https://www.evematelas.fr/

https://www.emma-matelas.fr/

Chris'nJulie Jul 31st 2019 11:42 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
Thank you - that's helpful. I'll have a look.

Vitalstatistix Jul 31st 2019 12:49 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
I'd love to have a wife. I'd get so much more done. You guys don't realise how lucky you are :nod:

Chris'nJulie Jul 31st 2019 12:50 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
They do have their disadvantages...

Vitalstatistix Jul 31st 2019 1:11 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
Nah! I'm a wife and I'm brilliant. I just need another me :rofl:

spouse of scouse Jul 31st 2019 1:17 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Vitalstatistix (Post 12717195)
Nah! I'm a wife and I'm brilliant. I just need another me :rofl:

:thumbsup:

Jerseygirl Jul 31st 2019 2:08 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Chris'nJulie (Post 12717184)
They do have their disadvantages...

How can that be when because they are always right.

Chris'nJulie Jul 31st 2019 2:20 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
They may think they are always right. Sometimes it's best to let them think that they are, at other times a little remonstration is appropriate!

spouse of scouse Jul 31st 2019 2:30 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Chris'nJulie (Post 12717221)
They may think they are always right. Sometimes it's best to let them think that they are, at other times a little remonstration is appropriate!

You're not listening - they are always right :angel_smile:

Chris'nJulie Jul 31st 2019 2:32 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
Of course they are.

spouse of scouse Jul 31st 2019 2:40 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Chris'nJulie (Post 12717230)
Of course they are.

Good lad ;)

Jerseygirl Jul 31st 2019 4:03 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Chris'nJulie (Post 12717221)
They may think they are always right. Sometimes it's best to let them think that they are, at other times a little remonstration is appropriate!

Typical man. :rolleyes: That’s because sometimes we let you think you are right. Helps to boost the male ego a little.

cyrian Jul 31st 2019 4:09 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Jerseygirl (Post 12717274)
Typical man. :rolleyes: That’s because sometimes we let you think you are right. Helps to boost the male ego a little.

JG Have you read your signature? :rofl:

Tweedpipe Aug 1st 2019 8:57 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
Pleased to see that my post has produced a number of both informative and humorous replies. Thanks to all for the feedback.

Not only have I been reading up on numerous mattress supplier promotions & specifications - which are bewildering in the extreme, but yesterday on my own I went along to check out several specialist stores.
Frankly I'm now more bewildered than ever. I mean forget pillows, my mind's now reeling trying to get my head around ILD ref numbers, polyfoam density, memory foam layers, and attempting to fully understand other things such as Impoved Offgassing specs. Were it a bidet or a WC I planned on buying, that last specification could well be invaluable. But it's just a mattress dammit!
As for the Sinkage Test, Motion Isolation capabilities, and Motion Transfer reduction, do those mattress tradesmen in the ads and the stores really think that I’ll be dancing the Charleston, the Gangnam Style, The Hokey Pokey, of doing the Funky Chicken on the bed for God’s sake?
On second thoughts, doing the Hokey Pokey or even the Funky Chicken could well recondition ones libido - if the mattress could stand the strain........:p

I was told by one cowboy salesman in a small store (possibly an ex used-car salesman from a dodgy urban backstreet car lot) that latex mattresses were "en train de sortir" (on their way out). When asked why, he hesitated and gave some b.s. about natural latex rubber being virtually no longer available, there now being a world shortage according to him. Fortunately I'd researched the subject well beforehand, and corrected him that according to the Rubber Economist Ltd there are no serious short term production concerns, and that in 2018 NR latex mattresses were one of the most popular, and still appear to be in 2019; one reason being they are often reported as the healthiest and most eco-friendly mattress on the market.
His jaw dropped. It became clear that he had none in-store, but was promoting only the more expensive hybrid innerspring/memory foam type. A typical ploy of some deceitful car salesmen who bad-mouth brand xyz whilst promoting brand abc that they represent. Fwiw I've met the same with piano salesmen promoting their new, impressively named chinese instruments and pooh-poohing the likes of Japanese made Yamaha's - which I happen to know are always excellent instruments.

Anyway as advised on the many reports I'd read, I tried out many different types and makes of mattresses in various stores, and made careful notes.
I already have a fair idea of the type I prefer (hybrid spring) and one can generally feel an improvement in comfort as the price tag increases.
Next step is to do similar in-store comfort trials with Mme TP - hopefully she won't be feeling too fruity....... :sneaky: Should be interesting, and I've reserved a clean pair of hole-less socks for the occasion, otherwise I'd be in the doghouse yet again!

spouse of scouse Aug 2nd 2019 3:42 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
I recommend testing mattresses in a store that displays them as part of a full bedroom furniture suite. Climb on top of the wardrobe, holler 'brace yourself Mme TTP!', and launch.
Might get you thrown out of the store, but it'll be fun.

Vitalstatistix Aug 2nd 2019 6:06 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by spouse of scouse (Post 12717865)
I recommend testing mattresses in a store that displays them as part of a full bedroom furniture suite. Climb on top of the wardrobe, holler 'brace yourself Mme TTP!', and launch.
Might get you thrown out of the store, but it'll be fun.

And get someone to film it all so we can relive it with you :thumbsup:

Tweedpipe Aug 2nd 2019 8:23 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
@SofS and Vstix,
Well you're certainly placing the stakes pretty high, especially if the wardrobe is in excees of 5ft. As for rising to that occasion..........
I've never tried it but I’ve heard that wardrobe diving’s a very dangerous sport. My fear of heights is an initial concern, and I’m unsure if my personal health insurance policy would cover any related accident. I must check the small-print.
As for capturing the event on film, I have severe doubts that my little Brownie would be up for it. :eek:
A suivre
........

Jerseygirl Aug 2nd 2019 12:22 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
Many shops here allow you to test mattresses for around 90 days. Do you have anything like that there?

spouse of scouse Aug 2nd 2019 12:31 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Jerseygirl (Post 12717969)
Many shops here allow you to test mattresses for around 90 days. Do you have anything like that there?

I wonder what happens to the mattresses that people send back after the 90 days? Hopefully they're not put back into new stock :unsure:

Jerseygirl Aug 2nd 2019 12:35 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by spouse of scouse (Post 12717974)
I wonder what happens to the mattresses that people send back after the 90 days? Hopefully they're not put back into new stock :unsure:

Not sure about the US but in Canada they must be destroyed.

spouse of scouse Aug 2nd 2019 12:38 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Jerseygirl (Post 12717975)
Not sure about the US but in Canada they must be destroyed.

Well thank goodness for that. I wouldn't want a mattress with someone else's crudites in it (I was going to write cooties but I can't spell that)

Annetje Aug 2nd 2019 4:30 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
I've bought one of these thick memory foam ones and now I find I break my back every time I change the sheets ...
Lesson, lift the matress to see if you're strong enough !

Tweedpipe Aug 9th 2019 2:20 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
So, the purchase has now been made.
A few days ago, after spending about 2hrs on various bedding websites and other related FAQ sites, Mme suddenly announced she knew exactly what sort of mattress we needed - Latex, as it was 'natural' and apparently very durable. As she'd not even tried one, or any other type up until then, I stayed silent!

Then yesterday, after tarting herself up a bit, told me to hurry and get ready to go out for the Great Mattress Shopping Spree. To her surprise, I told her I wasn't going anywhere. I'd already tested many for their individual comfort in several stores and decided that I preferred one of the very latest hybrid multi-spring matresses. Adding that she was now on her own, and if she came back with one that I didn't like, "No big deal," I said, "I can always sleep in the guest bedroom!" And off she went in a huff.

Fast forward to the end of the afternoon. She arrived home exhausted from her shopping trip. I assumed it was from all that lying down on the job, and the frustration of discussing the most favourable, less painful positions etc with strangers........:eek:
I like to think that my words of wisdom and strategy paid off, as to my satisfaction she also had preferred a hybrid mattress, and had negotiated the price inclusive of delivery, which I had specifically repeated.
It arrives next week, and the guest bedroom should therefore remain unoccupied. Normalement........

Again, thanks for all your feedback & comments. If I'm in the guest bedroom next week, I'll blame you lot!;)

BuckinghamshireBoy Aug 9th 2019 7:17 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Tweedpipe (Post 12720854)
So, the purchase has now been made.
A few days ago, after spending about 2hrs on various bedding websites and other related FAQ sites, Mme suddenly announced she knew exactly what sort of mattress we needed - Latex, as it was 'natural' and apparently very durable. As she'd not even tried one, or any other type up until then, I stayed silent!

Then yesterday, after tarting herself up a bit, told me to hurry and get ready to go out for the Great Mattress Shopping Spree. To her surprise, I told her I wasn't going anywhere. I'd already tested many for their individual comfort in several stores and decided that I preferred one of the very latest hybrid multi-spring matresses. Adding that she was now on her own, and if she came back with one that I didn't like, "No big deal," I said, "I can always sleep in the guest bedroom!" And off she went in a huff.

Fast forward to the end of the afternoon. She arrived home exhausted from her shopping trip. I assumed it was from all that lying down on the job, and the frustration of discussing the most favourable, less painful positions etc with strangers........:eek:
I like to think that my words of wisdom and strategy paid off, as to my satisfaction she also had preferred a hybrid mattress, and had negotiated the price inclusive of delivery, which I had specifically repeated.
It arrives next week, and the guest bedroom should therefore remain unoccupied. Normalement........

Again, thanks for all your feedback & comments. If I'm in the guest bedroom next week, I'll blame you lot!;)

:fingerscrossed:

If it all goes south, which I sincerely hope will not be the case, you might need to introduce a topper mattress into the mix.

Wonderful things, I'm being serious for once. ;)

MMcD Aug 9th 2019 8:35 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
This has got to be one of the funniest threads I've ever read on BE
I probably only ever wandered into this forum once or twice before. And that was years ago.
So what lured me here now?
Well, I guess it was this thread's title - given a particular thread that's been obsessing me in the USA forum for the last 2 months. It deals with a horrific divorce situation.
I probably came here, seeking some light relief.
And boy, did I get it. In spades! - everything took on a double entendre...

Anyway...there's an old American saying. It goes:
"Sleep well
Sleep tight
Don't let
Bed bugs bite"


Dors bien.
May marital bliss prevail and thanks for the laugh

Tweedpipe Aug 11th 2019 11:20 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
MMcD
I appreciate your comments, the humour being especially aided by other contributors.
My attempts at humour however pale in comparison to some other posters, namely Stokkevn over on the Far East & Asia/Philippines forum.
Suggest you check it out. Link HERE.

G-J-B Aug 16th 2019 8:09 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
I've got one of those French wives too; perhaps you've once experienced the absolute look of disgust and scolding one gets when one cuts the cheese the 'English' way?!
Thankfully my wife bought a really good quality mattress many years ago (before we met) and it's still going strong, but she does want yet another cat when we get back from our holidays (I'm allergic to them). We've already accumulated quite a few, plus an abandoned dog.

Good luck with your purchase!

Chatter Static Aug 20th 2019 4:57 pm

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by G-J-B (Post 12723853)
I've got one of those French wives too; perhaps you've once experienced the absolute look of disgust and scolding one gets when one cuts the cheese the 'English' way?!
Thankfully my wife bought a really good quality mattress many years ago (before we met) and it's still going strong, but she does want yet another cat when we get back from our holidays (I'm allergic to them). We've already accumulated quite a few, plus an abandoned dog.

Good luck with your purchase!

Just acquired a new set of kittens you can get matching pairs my oh is the allergic one.....


https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...e810401fcb.png
..


mikelincs Aug 21st 2019 2:30 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Chatter Static (Post 12725315)
Just acquired a new set of kittens you can get matching pairs my oh is the allergic one.....


https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/british...e810401fcb.png
..

Very cute

Vitalstatistix Aug 21st 2019 2:41 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 
If only they remained as kittens! I don't dislike cats per se, I just don't love them.

BEVS Aug 21st 2019 3:45 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Jerseygirl (Post 12717274)
Typical man.

Mine thinks I think he is always wrong.
In this he is right.


BEVS Aug 21st 2019 3:53 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by Tweedpipe (Post 12717912)
@SofS and Vstix,

I've never tried it but I’ve heard that wardrobe diving’s a very dangerous sport.

Our old Hollycat used to do that to us. Wait until we were snoozles and then launch straight for the soft tissue . He also dealt with any Sunday lie-ins in the same way.
Clever cat was our Holl.


Originally Posted by spouse of scouse (Post 12717974)
I wonder what happens to the mattresses that people send back after the 90 days? Hopefully they're not put back into new stock :unsure:


Originally Posted by Jerseygirl (Post 12717975)
Not sure about the US but in Canada they must be destroyed.

:ohmy: I agree about not wanting someone's else's cruds on a 3 month tried and tested mattress but what a honking great throwaway waste all round.


Chatter Static Aug 21st 2019 8:26 am

Re: Wives! Who'd have 'em!
 

Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 12725523)
Our old Hollycat used to do that to us. Wait until we were snoozles and then launch straight for the soft tissue . He also dealt with any Sunday lie-ins in the same way.
Clever cat was our Holl.





:ohmy: I agree about not wanting someone's else's cruds on a 3 month tried and tested mattress but what a honking great throwaway waste all round.



It's one of the big problems at the moment disposable world we live in. If they can afford to throw away mattresses after 3 months use I suspect in reality the consumer is getting ripped off lets be honest all these new memory foam mattresses are injection formed from mixed liquids.


All times are GMT. The time now is 5:38 am.

Powered by vBulletin: ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.