'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Friday, 18 July 2008


Oh bother.  I'm sitting here at my computer and I hear little noises inside the wall.  For the first time in 14 years, since we came to this dear old house, we have no cat.  It doesn't take the mice long, does it?  
And, from this very same seat, all I have to do is raise my head and look out the window and I see the top of the bank overlooking the river, where Pippin would sit, immobile for minutes at a time, watching for the slightest movement in the vegetation that revealed the movement of a mouse.  

I'd better get up the man-hole tomorrow and lay some bait up in the ceiling space I suppose.


  1. What a very beautiful and soothing view you have from your computer.

    I have 10 glass paper weights. Does the weight that is second from the right have a big green fern shape in it?

  2. Yes, a lovely view. I have 10 too :-)
    The one to which you refer has a plastic praying mantis stuck in it.
    Over the years middle son James has accumulated a number of plastic insects and ... I feel a post coming on...

  3. Or perhaps another cat? Maybe when I come over I can dress in a cat suit and hunt down your mice but in return you would have to stroke my furry belly and give me nice titbits!

  4. What funny ideas you Yorkshire men think up. Poor Shirley. WHEN you come over? Promises, promises.

  5. What is it about my posts that attract men who want to dress up? Rhetorical question.

  6. The wolf in the story 'Little Red Riding Hood' was a male.

  7. Hi Katherine...Like the view from your window too. Sorry about the mice. Darn nuisance. I am going to take some time to read your travel blog. Funnily enough my husband and I got married in Constable country: Colchester and Dedham. I really like your photos and descriptions...brings all those great memories back. Thank you.