A mum who was enjoying a rare moment of peace and quiet quickly discovered she had been tricked and her one-year-old had simply wreaked havoc in silence.
Emma Smith was happily cooking in the kitchen as her three children Angel Smith, 10, Angus Lees, four, and Archie Lees, one, kept themselves entertained closeby.
Becoming suspicious there had been no sounds of arguing or fighting coming from the trio, Emma popped her head round the door to see what they were up to – only to find a bloody-looking trail of destruction that resembled something from a horror film.
Little Archie had swiped one of his big sister’s makeup brushes, dipped it into a wax burner and used it to add a bit of colour to the cream hallway, with red goo left dripping down the walls and flung across the carpet.
Emma, from Aberdeenshire, said: “They say silence is golden but not when Archie is around.
“He’s a feral child, I thought my middle child was bad but my youngest has topped that. It looked like a murder scene, I came running out of the kitchen and said ‘oh my god what have you done?’ and he just stood and laughed with a makeup brush in his hand.
“Even now when I ask him ‘why have you painted mummy’s hall?’, he just smirks and laughs.”
The barmaid had been preparing the children’s tea while her farmer fiancé Stuart Lees was out working, with Angus playing with Angel in her room and Archie playing with farm animals in the hall.
“I couldn’t see Archie from the kitchen and thought he was just playing quietly,” said the 30-year-old. “I just popped my head out of the kitchen door because it was so peaceful and that’s when I noticed the colour on the wall.
“I didn’t know whether it was pen or he’d got hold of Angel’s makeup to start with, I didn’t for one second think it would be my Scentsy wax melts.
“Angel and Angus came running out of Angel’s bedroom and she said ‘oh my god mum what’s he done?’
“When I said ‘he’s painted the hall with wax’ Angel’s words were ‘Archie you’d better come with me I think mum’s going to kill you’.”
Emma said Archie had used melted wax from a plug-in burner, meaning he was at no risk of burning himself.
The mum said steam was coming out of her ears as she turned off the cooking and spent 45 minutes attempting to re-melt the wax with a hairdryer to remove it.
“When I told Stuart he just said ‘well that’s a stupid place to put a burner’ – he was a great moral support,” she said.
“When he found out it had been on the walls he just asked ‘are we going to have to redecorate?’ – just a usual man moaning.”
Despite Emma’s best attempts, red marks remained on the walls and the couple have conceded that they will have to re-do the hall.
The burner has been removed and Emma said it’s just a catalogue of mischief Archie has got himself into.
She added: “We live on a farm and have a small fence between our house and next door and he has a habit of digging underneath the fence, like a dog would do, to escape into next door’s garden.
“Archie’s also escaped into the fields, got behind the shed and also dug up flowers.
“Our dog Jock just toddles on behind him, he’s definitely one-of-a-kind, wherever Archie is Jock’s not far behind, they’re best of friends.
“He’s that kid that if it was someone else’s you’d laugh about it but when it’s your own you can’t.
“It’s probably the worst thing he’s done to date, but I imagine there’s more to come.
“We’re heading toward ‘terrible twos’ territory and I’m dreading it, Archie is full of surprises he definitely keeps me on my toes.”