1821. Mine garden

Colin always walked gingerly through his garden. Years ago (in fact it was getting on for a century ago) the site of his house and garden was an old munitions storage during the war. Colin always imagined that one day he’d step on a mine or something and be blown to smithereens.

Naturally the site had been cleared by professionals a long time prior to his even buying the land and building a house. But the thought didn’t go away. In fact, the old man who ran the local knick-knack shop told Colin that he didn’t reckon the land had been cleared properly. There were old mines scattered all over everywhere just like this one. And he showed Colin a real live mine that he had found and kept high on a shelf out of reach in his store.

Life trundled on. Colin’s wife thought Colin was silly. “Why walk gingerly through your garden when you know it’s cleared of mines? It’s time you grew up and got over this childish nonsense.”

Anyway, Colin got tired of the constant nagging. Which is why the mine kept high on a shelf in the knick-knack store came in handy.

31 thoughts on “1821. Mine garden

      1. arlingwoman

        LOL. Bruce, I’m sorry, I hope it’s okay to translate, as I’m sure I will misspell Brieuse and lack diacritical marks! Goodness, the things that happen when I drop off WordPress for a while. Now, to the story…a wily creature your house owner.

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  1. Andrea Stephenson

    Well done – I didn’t see that one coming at all! An unexpected ending. There used to be a TV programme on when I was young called ‘Danger UXB’ – I think it was all about them finding unexploded bombs from the war and having to deal with them but it used to give me nightmares!

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  2. chrisnelson61

    Excellent wit as ever, Bruce. Don’t think I hadn’t spotted the resurfacing of your pseudonym, by the way…or perhaps you have had us all fooled by referring to yourself ad ‘Bruce’ for all these months, disguising your European Royal heritage!

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