Down the back of the sofa

Down the Back of the Chair is one of Margaret Mahy’s picture book gems.

In it Dad finds all sorts of weird and wonderful things, including a will which brings them a fortune.

My farmer didn’t find a fortune down the back of the sofa. But when he up-ended it last night, out fell $58.60 in New Zealand coins, an Australian 5 cent piece, a pencil, a peanut and some other detritus which suggest that someone ought to tip it up more often – and have a vacuum cleaner handy when s/he does so.

2 Responses to Down the back of the sofa

  1. Paul Tremewan says:

    In the 1960s while still at Grammar, (in the days they got involved in punch-ups with other schools…) one week-end task was to wash and vac my fathers company Holden. I still remember the day I found two half crowns down the back of the driver’s seat while doing the vacuuming. They were seriously big, weighty and valuable coins!! And not only that I was allowed to keep them. Kept me in the tuck shop queue for ages!
    Pays to be thorough and vigilant in your down the back of the couch tasks!

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  2. kismet says:

    I feel ripped off – the last time there was anything except biscuit and toast crumbs, lost buttons, and the occasional dead pen down the back of the sofa was a long time ago.

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