Tales from the Road 14

Friday 27th August 2010.

 

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(Stork Postcard)

One Christmas when Ciara was little she wanted a farm set so Santa brought her one. It was made by Play Mobil, which I now think must be a French company. The farm was part construction toy and part make-believe toy. But since Ciara wasn’t interested in construction, the job of putting the farm buildings together fell to Denis or at a push to me. Anyway, one part of it always confused me.

Now I understand….

The farm set was made up of a two story barn with pulley system for lifting bags of grain; a farm house attached to the barn; a hen house and pens for the animals. There were cows, hens, sheep, a cat, a dog and two storks. There were window boxes and flowers to go into them. The thing that confused me was a wheel on the roof of the barn. It didn’t do anything. There was a little hook sticking up from it but I searched the instructions for details of what this might be for, to no avail. I couldn’t understand what a wheel would be doing on top of a barn. Turns out Ciara knew all along!

 

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(Storks on top of the Mayor’s house in Munster)

She discovered that one stork could fit onto the little hook and she used to put him up there. A stork on a wheel on top of a barn – crazy. Well, here in Munster there’s lots of storks and they build their nests on top of big wheels on barns and tall buildings!!

Go Ciara!

 

stork-nest

Stork Nest

 

 

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