Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Easter traditions

One of our annual activities is the Great Wind-Up Animal championships. Every one gets to choose their own competitors. Some dogs have been known to try to get in on the act by pretending to be toys ...




But when the confusions are sorted out, there's a sense of tension you can almost taste when the animals line up on the starting blocks ...



Of course, there are people who always spoil it by putting competitors in compromising positions ...



And there are very complicated rules which, although I am the only person who understands them, does not mean at all that the stakes are against anyone else but me winning. Personally, I think it bad luck, and not cheating at all when someone gets a fish that sadly doesn't move out of water..



Yep, these are the sort of intellectually challenging games I like ...

6 comments:

Caroline said...

We do something very similar on Christmas Day.

My husband has an alarmingly large selection of wind-up toys(!)

x

Sarah Salway said...

We do it at Christmas too! In fact any time I have people around who cannot escape. We could have a Smailes/Salway championship...
(Am trying not to be smutty about your last sentence!)

Kathryn said...

I've always wondered what sort of activities other families get up to behind closed doors on bank holidays. Now I know. Or at least I think I do...

Sarah Salway said...

Behind the sophisticated closed doors anyway...

Alex said...

But don't the same toys always win?

Sarah Salway said...

nope, because there are always new animals to add to the mix and the races aren't just from a to b. Sometimes we have first one to fall off the table, first one to give up etc etc. The fun never ends.