There’s a moose loose aboot this hoose!
For readers of a younger disposition – no one needs to write to Nicola Sturgeon and complain about any anti-Scottish casual racism. It’s an old song by Lord Rockingham’s XI and if you are that bothered you can Google it. I am getting off the subject which is that there is – a moose – loose – in this house. We have a fireplace in our bedroom. We never use it but the chimney is open and we were in bed reading when we heard a noise in the chimney. I thought it might be soot but I looked right to see something small and brown scurrying from the fireplace under the wardrobe. Arrrgh!
It had obviously fallen down the chimney. It’s not so much the mouse itself – it’s the unexpected skittering that does your head in. HOH was dispatched to find it while I did an excellent impression of the maid from the Tom and Jerry cartoons – refusing to move from the bed.
HOH “What do I do if I find it?”
Me “No idea – your problem.”
I am then dispatched to kitchen to bring back something “Useful”. I return with a brush, a torch and Morecambe – our Jack Russell. The torch proves to be by far the most useful. The brush only provokes “Brilliant – just what we need – something to do a little light sweeping” sarcasm. The dog is excited at being invited upstairs at night and promptly settles down on my pillow. He doesn’t seem to be picking up any mouse vibes. HOH uses the torch to look at the back of the wardrobe and sees a tiny little mouse with his head down seemingly waiting for a hammer to fall. HOH is immediately in love with small creature, replaces wardrobe carefully and announces that he is going to bed. Dog is returned to his cage and is not happy about it. Only option that I am left with is to go to bed – especially as HOH has turned off the light and I am left standing on the bed in total darkness.
So the tiny, tiny mouse is still wild and free somewhere. It looked like an outside mouse to us so I am hoping it has succumbed to the call of the wild and gone back outside.
As for our resident humane mouse catcher. He, as you can see, remains unconcerned.