As a brief aside, I picked this lovely model Lesser Spotted Woodpecker model up for 20p from a charity shop, and have made it up for my daughter over the last couple of evenings:
- It's life-sized and absolutley lovingly designed: I plan to hang it up in her room as we can often hear woodpeckers in the spring. What makes this even better though, is that this also represents one the most evocative memories I have of my childhood: my dad - who was in the Royal Navy - would pass time whilst at sea by making these birds, and I have a vivid recollection of seeing HMS Glamorgan come in from the Round Tower then meeting him later with a bloody-great 4-foot osprey under his arm.
Everything old is new again, eh? Makes a chap misty-eyed, I tell you.
Here's what made the exercise even more fun: the instructions, whilst aesthetically pleasant, are...something of an acquired taste! Let' just say I enjoyed the challenge of trying to work it out!
PS: The Glamorgan is the ship I mostly remember my dad serving on...one of at least 17 ships in 35 years!