Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running
Loose Aboot The Hoose
by admin - 23:20 on 10 September 2011
The resident moggy's reign of terror over local rodent life continues unabated, but some creatures don't know the meaning of fear. Either that, or the mouse seen scurrying around inside The Rural Retreat on several occasions today escaped from the jaws of death after being carried indoors unwillingly.
Our guest was spotted for the first time this morning, peering around the base of a bookcase, although suspicious activity was heard behind the washing machine last night.
He was seen again this evening, several times, including one in which he ventured into the middle of the living room and posed long enough for us be be certain of his identity – definitely a mouse and not anything bigger. Insanitary, maybe, but undeniably cute.
Bess, who was enjoying Matchgirl's lap at that time, saw nothing or pretended not to because she didn't want to leave a comfortable position. Or maybe she's agreed a truce with him after taking pity on a homeless refugee – the neighbouring wheat field was harvested recently which means that many mice may be in search of new residences.
Life can be tough in the country.
Book Update: Squirrel James and I, with help from Mrs Squirrel, took a stall at Cromarty Community Market today, as a result of which a few more copies of The Bumper Book of Black Isle Snappery found new homes.
There was a bonus – we each sold a tastefully mounted snap: one genuine Black Isle dolphin and one not quite so local Amur tiger.
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