I always thought Dad came up with the very best punishment and at the same time got rid of the gorse on the farm. The brothers differ in the telling of this story. My older brother says he had to bring home 1,000 gorse but I always thought it was TEN! My younger brother suspects it was 2,000 but I still think it was TEN! The gorse had to have all the roots intact and had to be dragged home for Dad to check and burn. I think at one stage the horse and sledge were used to carry the gorse. One brother remembers finding where a good bunch of gorse was growing, often on the side of a hill, and getting rid of the whole lot, which meant he didn't have to wander around the farm digging one here, one there! Whatever the boys plan, Dad got an important weed under control and it saved him hours of back-breaking work!
Marie: And yet another story!
It seems to be a trait of the elderly to tell stories and often repeat the same stories. As our family has a major Reunion in February 2015 I will tell a family story each day and NOT repeat it for 100 days. I will use christian names from our earlier generations as pseudonyms.