On the hunt for coins not pigs

Zella had a fantastic day at Titchfield Haven and wonders what other local gems she's overlooked      Picture: Gary Taw

ZELLA COMPTON: Looking afresh at our beautiful spot in the world

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In the Hayden household, I’ve taken on a new role. I am now the resident hunter-gatherer.

In the past, our ancestors were hunting down wild animals such as pigs and deer with bows and arrows, foraging for wild plants to feed their families.

I’m pleased to say that my new role is nothing like this and, to be honest, I don’t come across many wild animals where I live. Well, maybe the odd rabbit on Milton Common.

No, my job is to hunt and gather lost toy pieces.

Alyssa turned one recently and one of her presents included a toy piggy bank.

It comes with 10 colourful play coins and when Alyssa drops them into the slot, the piggy makes an ‘oink’ noise.

But these coins tend to get lost and the pig is redundant without them.

Whilst hunting down these coins I’ve found one in a shoe, one in the dog’s food bowl and one under the sofa.

Hopefully, when Alyssa gets a real piggy bank one day, she won’t be so reckless with her money.