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03 Oct, 2007

A little tour of the things I love – fourth stop

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Oh! Things!

Mr.Peanut likes his marbles where he can see them

Mark bought Mr. Peanut home as a Christmas gift for me last year.

I knew (he has since confessed as much) he bought it because he liked it, not because it would make a really nice gift for his loving wife.

At first I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this cast iron peanut man overseeing a peanut-shaped cast iron dish. I thought he would make a good bird feeder, but didn’t want him to weather. He held peanuts, but that wasn’t right either.

It wasn’t until he assumed the role of Supreme Holder of Stray Marbles that he finally made himself at home. He now sits on the window between the two bookshelves in our living room.

And now I think he’s pretty cool.


3 Responses to "A little tour of the things I love – fourth stop"

1 | Mark

October 3rd, 2007 at 9:09 am

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You gotta love Mr. Peanut !

2 | The Veggie Vixen

October 3rd, 2007 at 9:13 am

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Mr. Peanut is very charming.

3 | Jennie

October 5th, 2007 at 1:25 pm

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I was in Port Perry this morning and this first store I went into I saw Mr. Peanut. I told the sale man all about your story. He thought it was hilarious.

I’m glad I made his day.

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