Who would have thought a Wednesday walk with PartTimeWestie and HazzaBazza could have been so exciting? Who ever would have imagined pirates here, in The Avenue? That’s right, PIRATES! Real-life, oooh-aaahing, parrot carrying, peg-legged pirates. And how do you know when there are pirates in your neighbourhood, I hear you ask? You look for their tell tale mark: ‘x marks the spot’.
Now, I rather stupidly assumed that a yellow cross on the pavement meant it was in dire need of repair of some form or another. Or it has a gas pipe running beneath it. Or a water pipe. But, no. According to my 3-nearly-4 year old escort, it means treasure.
Picture the scene, if you will. A small white dog galloping along the pavement, closely followed by a small boy on a Thomas the Tank Engine scooter, with a freezing cold RubbishWife dawdling along behind.
“STOP!” yelled HazzaBazza. “LOOK!”
I stopped and looked around. Firstly at the pavement beneath my boot, just to be sure I wasn’t close to any doggy treasure, and secondly to see if I had missed an emergency vehicle of some sort. You know, the usual things that fascinate small boys. Neither was in evidence.
“What?” I muttered through my scarf.
“X marks the spot,” whispered HB, pointing at a yellow cross on the pavement. “There’s treasure in there.”
“Treasure. Y’know, pirate treasure. The Pirate Piggies put it in there. We’ll have to dig it up.”
Pirate Piggies? This was a new one on me. Digging up the pavement in the middle of the street was also a new venture, and due to the lack of shovel, I attempted to move on.
“What kind of treasure will it be?”
“Chocolate coins-ies,” came the reply.
“We’ll come back for it later,” I assured him. And on we walked. The rest of our morning consisted of pirate-related conversations. This is a small boys theory on how to recognise pirate transportation and the main man himself, The Pirate;
- Pirate ships have triangular sails, that go this way, that way and across (imagine a small finger drawing in the air)
- Pirate ships are shaped like a semi-circle, like an banana on its side (and pirates eat bananas too)
- Pirate ships have a flag on them with skellington bones
- Pirate Piggies hide treasure in the sand
- Pirates wear jackets with three stripes like this (again, small finger drawing)
- Pirates have beards and one eye
- Pirates only have one leg – the other one got eaten by a shark
- Pirates always have a parrot on one elbow
- Pirate parrots eat peanuts
AHAHAHA! At last, some common ground. My knowledge of pirates may be a bit thin on the ground, but peanuts I can do.
“Let’s make cookies?” I suggested. “Peanut butter cookies for Piggy Pirates to feed to their Pirate parrots.”
And so we did.
Peanut Butter Cookies
200g soft brown sugar
200g crunchy peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
150g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Sift in the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda and mix well.
The cookies will store in an airtight box for 2-3 days. But I bet they don’t last that long. Oh, and don’t forget to mark the top of the tin with a yellow cross. These are the real treasure, and x marks the spot!