Re: [gardeners] In the garden (
Tue, 17 Nov 1998 13:17:54 EST

In a message dated 16/11/98 04:27:34 GMT,

<<  I believe a brass monkey was a square metal plate with depressions for
 individual cannon balls. The cannon balls were stacked in a pyramid shape.
  Apparently, when it was cold enough, the brass would contract more than
 the cannon balls, and it would contract enough to shift some of the balls
 off of it. >>
This is quite correct.

Mary in England