- When Adrian Shaw’s wife instructed him to spruce up their garden, he decided to decorate it with “a rampaging T-Rex” instead of the usual garden gnome.
- He then planned a surprise for his wife, who he claims is also a dinosaur fan.
- His wife got the fright of her life, however, when she unexpectedly stumbled upon the T-Rex in the middle of the night.
When Adrian Shaw was asked by his wife to “make the garden look nice,” he decided to realize his dream — to own a T-Rex replica.
Adrian shared, “She suggested I clear away the weeds and maybe put a gnome on the patio which got me thinking… nothing could possibly look nicer in the garden than a 3.5 metre replica of a rampaging T-Rex.”
So the 52-year-old father of two grown-up sons went ahead and bought one.
Adrian purchased a 14-stone resin and fiberglass dinosaur for £1,600 from a company in Wales, which delivered and lifted it into their garden in Leamington Spa, Warks by crane.
Deborah, 53, had no idea all this was happening!
Adrian, meanwhile, was pleased.
“I have been very fortunate to be able to realize the dream. The neighbors loved it and took lots of pictures and I thought it looked great in the garden,” he shared.
The dinosaur, named Dave, seemed to look right at home.
Adrian then started planning the surprise for his wife.
“She loves the Jurassic Park films and watches all the David Attenborough documentaries, so I thought I couldn’t go wrong with the purchase really,” he explained.
Deborah, who works as a school business manager, finishes work late so she arrives home when it’s dark.
So Adrian thought she would have to wait for the surprise when she opens the curtains the next morning.
Deborah stumbled upon the surprise before that however, when she let the dog out in the middle of the night.
She got the fright of her life when she opened the back door only to have the security lights come on. She found herself face-to-face with the rampaging T-Rex!
“I could hear the screams and went running downstairs but even after the initial shock, she continued to scream,” Adrian recalled.
Well, that seemed to ruin the surprise.
Adrian, who has been together with Deborah for 20 years and married for six, lamented, “I thought my wife would be thrilled to bits but I don’t think she was as enthusiastic as I’d expected her to be.”
He shared that he even had the camera ready to capture her reaction, one that he had hoped to be “of sheer delight.”
While things may not have gone according to plan, Adrian fulfilled his dream and Dave found a home.
“I’ve fallen in love with Dave though and he’s not going anywhere. I’m sure Deborah will understand and grow to love him just as much as I do,” he shared.