Our friend told us he had a Secret Weapon to assist him in winning at cards and dominoes.
It was a table.
An old table.
An antique table actually.
We should perhaps point out that our friend is a collector and has some beautiful pieces of furniture. He also has various pots, work tools, carvings, porcelains and basically anything else that takes his fancy.
As you can see, this is a triangular table, inlaid with beautiful marquetry.
However, it is a chameleon,
as it opens up into a card table, the fourth corner being supported by a prop that slides out from the back.
We played several games of cribbage.
The first game was decided on the third card of the last hand when the scores were 118, 119 and 120 (we needed 121 to win). Hubby got the important point.
The second game was equally close, 115, 117, and 119. I won that.
Our friend was convinced this was not a lucky table for him after all, as the final game made Hubby a clear winner.
Our friend suggested we switch to dominoes.
He didn’t win at that either, so I said maybe he needed to talk to The Table nicely and he’d have better luck next time.
Hubby said it was obviously an unlucky table which is why it had been put in the antiques auction in the first place!
This afternoon after we got back from a drive to Cheddar Gorge (another post to follow), The Table came out and was lovingly placed in the centre of the lounge.
Our friend gently caressed the green baize, and whispered ‘Nice table, lovely table,’ as he took his seat.
Hubby and I grinned.
We played three games of crib. Hubby won 2.
The third and final hand was again close, and our friend won with a hand of clubs, the turnover also being a club which gave him the vital and precious winning point.