Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Matters Arising


He certainly wasn’t as quiet as a church mouse, but  he was as bold as brass. 

Church Mouse-2

Meet the mouse that joined our meeting, held in the church hall the other evening. It scampered out from under the cooker in the kitchen, if he was looking for food he was too late, there had been cake, but it would have been a minor miracle if  our lot had left even a crumb. Sadly I seem to have cut off part of his tail, photographically speaking; but such cruelty was nothing compared to the suggested methods of rodent control put forward by the committee.  And there was I thinking they were quite a humane bunch of folk. We’ll  let the caretaker deal with it, under any other business.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “Matters Arising

  1. Oh dear. I admit to being a bit softhearted about little mice. A bit. And that one is exceptionally attractive. I don’t think I want a followup story on this one . . .

  2. See, if I’d been there, the meeting would have descended into noisy chaos as I chased the thing round waving whatever I could lay my hands on. No doubt while screaming loudly.

    Not a big fan of mice, you see. Never take me to Disneyland, just in case…

  3. The problem I have this time of year is baby rabbits running round the house. Fudge does a great job of catching them in the field and bringing them in through the cat flap but then loses them in the house where there are lots of things to hide behind.

    So far this year, they have all gone back outside, alive, with my help. I say all, but maybe its the same one each time.


  4. We don’t mind the odd mouse. I admire their industry as they run back and forth from under the bird feeders all day long. However, all this food that the birds so carelessly drop also attracts rats. So we’ve had to get rid of both them and it. The only stuff the pest control officer will allow is kitchen scraps which, if they fell off the bird table, would get eaten by the dog. It seems to be working OK so far. But then, the rats only move in under the conservatory in the depths of winter. So we’ll see…

  5. Tell me it and it’s little happ,y loving (church going) family are all well. SO adorable looking in your photo!!!

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