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"Daddy Bought a Cannon"

by CoombeMill 15 November 2011 10:36

Grocery Shopping for Farmer Nick

"Just off to get those few bits we need for dinner" was the last I heard. I should really have been a little suspicious when a quick trip to Asda took half the day with a friend in tow! To be fair he had been trying to convince me of the merits of a 4 wheel drive for towing heavy items up our hill for some time. Our little Ford focus does struggle with a trailer laden with Dotty our breading sow when she making her annual trip to visit her boyfriend. However cars are just not my thing so I really hadn't paid much attention and just assumed they were adding car (window) shopping to their trip.

Returning home Nick was met by the children outside who didn't need to be too observant to notice that far from a 4 wheel drive, or a car full of groceries, there was in fact an old cast iron war cannon precariously positioned in the boot of the old van.

"Daddy bought a Cannon!"

This was the cheerful scream from my children as they raced into the house to impart their news.

ME: "What do you mean, "Daddy bought a cannon?""

Kids: " It's awesome Mum come and see"

Me: "What a toy?"

Kids: "No a real war one. It belonged to Napoleon; it says so on the side" 

At this point I turn down the hob, step into my wellies and follow the kids who are running ahead of me to the Farm shed. Well they are quite right. Turns out he had bid for it at the auctions earlier in the week - whilst looking for a washing machine for our laundry room! 

Our Kids exploring the Cannon"Take my picture Mummy""How does this bit work?"

 

Well doesn't every Farm need a Cannon?

Slowly the penny drops and I begin to catch up with his thinking. We have some really exciting ideas for a new kiddies play area next year and I now see that an old Cannon could work out perfectly. To give him credit, it is impressive and hopefully will be worth splashing out on when the children are dressing up and acting out their games in .............More on that next year! For now it will be staying in Nick's Shed.

And my washing machine?

Well they didn't have any last week, but there is another auction before Christmas. I wonder what that will hold!