Another thing that my daughter and I used to do on our daddy day care Thursday was to write down a load of things that we wanted to do on a piece of paper and then screw them all up and place them inside a bowler hat with a cat’s face printed on the side of it.
My daughter would then excitedly pick one out of the hat and that would be our adventure for the day. We’d had lots of great days doing this, we have for instance climbed the tower of Castle Drogo, (which was fact fans, the last castle to built in England) and shouted the word “PANTS” as loud as we could from the very top of it. Much to the amusement of the National Trust volunteers who opened the door of the tower for us.
The Tower – Wye Oak (2014, City Slang Records, Taken from ‘Shriek’)
On a sunny Easter Sunday, we climbed Haytor Rocks on Dartmoor and as a prize we ate some chocolate Easter Eggs at the top as the wind did its best to blow our coats off. We have, at the Totnes Rare Breed Farm sat like a pair of old ladies with fluffy blankets on our laps and then had guinea pigs plonked precariously on them, which we have stroked and wanted to take home with us. We have then eaten jam sandwiches and slightly stale biscuits in the café next door as we waited for the steam train to pull into the station that sits opposite.
Railway Jam – Saint Etienne (1993, Heavenly Records, Taken from ‘So Tough’)
Its not always been fun though. We visited a really rubbish softplay in Dawlish once, that took my daughter about five minutes to work her way through and though the slide was good and usually landed her into a pool of balls with an excited yelp the rest of it was a bit boring. The morning was rather spoiled when two brothers who were the only other children in the softplay area, decided to have a fight half way up the foam climbing frame resulting in the younger of the two bawling his eyes out and his mother screaming at the older one and then him crying as well.
Crying Lightning – Arctic Monkeys (2009, Domino Records, Taken from ‘Humbug’)
It was about ten minutes after we hotfooted out of that softplay café that I found the charity shop that gave us the third CD in the pile that sit at the front of cupboard. That folks is ‘Fever to Tell’ by New York art rock geniuses Yeah Yeah Yeahs. An album that for some reason I had failed to purchase when it came out in 2003. It is of course a work of wonder and come highly recommended.
Pin – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003, Interscope Records)
Black Tongue – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2003, Interscope Records)