When I was a little girl, one of my favourite toys was a Britains farm set. I had a little farmyard with a cowshed, pigsty, duck pond and Dutch barn, complete with tractor tyre marks in the mud and everything. I also had a Land Rover, a tractor, and lots of cows, pigs, horses, sheep, ducks and hens and lots of people. Who knows, maybe that's how my dream of having a smallholding and living off the land was started.
I was reminiscing about this to my dad on the phone the other day. Then yesterday the postman rang with a couple of parcels addressed to Sam. Inside was a Land Rover with a livestock trailer, three cows, a bull, two pigs and four piglets.
Sam loves them. Eleanor got a look in too. And I must admit I loaded some animals into the trailer and drove the Land Rover around the living room floor for a while, just as my mum did the Christmas I got my own Land Rover, several decades ago.
Thanks, dad! One of these days I'll have these things for real (although I probably won't be going for Herefords or large whites, more likely a Jersey cow and a couple of Gloucester old spots) but until then the kids and I can play with the beautifully detailed Britains 1/32 models and dream.