Then he peered round the corner of the building and started saying "tra-ta, tra-ta, tra-ta!" with great enthusiasm. Never has there been such an excited Nathaniel.
Despite our efforts to encourage him to enjoy all sorts of different toys, Nathaniel is simply obsessed with things with wheels. The bigger wheels the better. And all of the large wheeled vehicles (fire engines, forklift trucks, lorries) are called "tra-ta", which is pretty much (apart from "duck", "baa" and "woof") the only recognisable word he can say. In fact we suspect that it's actaully the wheels, not the vehicle that have this name, as the wheels in his colours book are also named as such.
So meeting a real life-sized tractor in the flesh was a pretty brilliant experience. There was lots of exploration of the wheels and fuel gauges and even some driving.
Then we went and looked at the animals. Nathaniel was perfectly pleased with the pony and the goats and the rabbits and the turkeys (whose noise is absolutely nothing like "gobble gobble"), but he was greatly impressed by the pig and the piglets.
He was so impressed that he got rather annoyed when we wouldn't let him feed his fingers to the pig!
I feel that we might be spending many more afternoons here!