When it comes to objects, I do love duality of purpose. Perhaps it's my natural frugality - after all, this is the equivalent of BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) - but whatever the reason, I'm always keen to find these metamorphic creations.
Last week I did my traditional school holiday bolt to my parents with the kids, which means I saw one of my favourite dual use ideas - the swinging archway.
It was designed and built by my father and is an extremely solid oak garden arch with a leaded 'roof' and fixings for attaching an oak and rope swing. There is also an oak 'baby swing attachment'.
I'll admit the design has had one or two tweaks. The frame itself had to be bolstered with some firmer foundations after it began to 'swing' with the occupant in a rather unsettling manner. Also, the baby seat's first outing did result in my niece taking an unscheduled dive out, head first. Oh, and then there's the fact that fifty percent of the possible landing area is an inforgiving combination of gravel over concrete...
To be fair, this last point shouldn't be a criticism as the arch was originally created not for the children, but for my mother, who loves to swing (and,let's be clear, that's a sentence that does not have a dual purpose.)