I’ve built a castle this evening. It only took 4 hours. I benefited from a painful lesson my father learnt nearly 30 Christmases ago when he tried to construct a 4 foot tall Sindy house on Christmas Eve. It didn’t turn out to be as easy as it first looked and so he was awake until the small hours of the morning desperately trying to finish it. To his credit I don’t think I can claim to have ever heard my dad swear, but my mum said the air was blue that evening. As it turned out the flaw was definately in the design rather than my father’s craftmanship as he found that my Uncle Geoff had gone through exactly the same painful process on the very same evening.
So with this in mind, and knowing that even Playmobil vehicles require a bit of assembly, I allowed a whole evening to build a castle. We indulged the kids in a couple of Playmobil advent calenders and Maria absolutely loved the fairy scene that she built up through the month. Alex liked his cops and robbers set too but it’s Maria who really enjoys imaginative play whilst Alex prefers jigsaws or Lego construction. Her dolls house hasn’t been played with all that much (glad we only bought a second hand one), it’s far too humdrum and dreary, she prefers fantasy setting and is often ‘away with the fairies’. The castle was big and fairly expensive as all Playmobil stuff is, but we know she’ll adore it and it will be very well played with. It was an amazing construction and a joy to assemble; nothing went wrong, instructions were crystal clear, it’s just that there was so much to it.
As we’re going away to Spain tomorrow she’ll be abroad for her birthday and the castle will be waiting for her when we return. We did ask her what she wanted a couple of weeks ago and she said sunglasses and Barbie dolls. We were going to shop for glasses in Spain but her cousin Abilgail brought around a pair tonight together with some other presents. She has got a doll to open on the day and although it’s not a Barbie we’re pretty sure she’ll like it just as much.