Salty Dog, Little Lou and my big four wheeled metallic, Germanic love of my life find ourselves in
Cornwall today. I thought that I'd do some outings in the
motorhome before next month's operation when I'm going to find myself cooped up
for a while. It was a horrendous journey down with a detour through country
lanes because of an accident that tested my driving abilities to their limits.
But Raahhh! I have conquered and here we are unscathed, albeit without any
water because I couldn't work out in the dark how to get the pump out of
As I can't blog about our trip yet I've racked my brains for subject material and come up with a question from a recent competition. 'What was your favourite toy in childhood', I was asked. Now, if you're looking for a standard answer here you've come to the wrong place.
Now in spite of my love of power tools, a permanently cropped mane and a penchant for driving a hulking great vehicle and pretending that I am indeed an Ice Road Trucker, without the adverse climatic conditions, I am proud to have my girlie moments. I love natty little skirts and dresses, flowers, the odd weepie chick flick and more than occasional forays into domestic goddess-dom. And of course when I was young I had a baby doll who wet her nappy. But, like my compatriots, I didn't use her for dressing up and mummy based role play. Oh no! Instead she was a water pistol and a decorative one at that. For with a great big purple marker pen I drew petals around her rubbery anus and used her as a huge joke squirty flower. The psychologists could have had a field day with that one if they'd known. And let me reassure the social workers out there that Louis is not similarly adorned. It's a phase that I've thankfully grown out of!
So what was my favourite toy then? Well, that's easy peasy. Papa Lovelygrey worked at an airport when I was a kid and brought home a big fat aircraft inner tube. I jumped around on it, rolled it around with a sibling in it, made a big reading nest out of it and covered it in sheeting for a den. Every child should have one. It beats the X-box hands down!