These building blocks are about 25 years old.
They have been in storage since my children grew up.
Davina, Tim and Jonny got so much enjoyment from them that we decided to hang on to them,
for any grandchildren who may come along,
like Harry and Francesca.
Now that Harry is five, and has nimble fingers, we have brought them out for him to enjoy.
He has similar bricks at home, but they are all geared towards building spaceships.
He is enchanted by the little horses, the soldiers, pirates and sharks.
Each evening, as we meet him from the school bus, his first question is always whether he can play with the castles and horses until mummy and daddy come home.
George usually plays with him, but yesterday he was busy.
So Harry had to settle for Gran instead.
I thought I was doing really well, pouring boiling oil on people, firing arrows and defending my castle...
but suddenly I heard the words
"Time out, Gran."
Apparently only Harry is allowed to win.
I have never been in time out before - but it is strangely appealing.
One minute for every year of age
That means I have a whole hour to myself!