They may not hibernate, but the mice have certainly been quieter over the last month or so.
It was not to last.
Maybe the lengthening days, certainly not an increase in temperature, but their frenetic activity has taken off again. They are back in force under the bird table and other feeders and will, no doubt, be hard at work in the tool shed as well.
Sharpening their incisors on the modified dispenser from a bottle of Fairy Gel.
(Fabric softener bottle tops have started to migrate to the workshop now too, to the point where I am considering a lock for the laundry cupboard door.)
I’ve started sowing the seeds for this year’s veggie plot, so if we are going to get any green things for ourselves something has to change.
Many of you have suggested getting a cat.
A cat certainly has its attractions; the beautiful pictures all across blogworld are testimony to that. But for various reasons now is not the right time.
Nevertheless, something of a rubicon has been crossed.
If nature is allowed free reign there will be little room for us. Right and proper you might say, but apart from the entry cost of living here we also have a right to grow food to eat. The balance needs to be shifted, just a little, in our favour.
The slug killer was the start.
If you’ve ever bought anything from Amazon you’ll know just how effective their marketing strategy is. Purchase a book on interior design and you’ll be bombarded with emails listing every concurrent and subsequent release.
And so it is with mouse traps.
The offer to upgrade to a ‘zapper’ first arrived some months ago. But it seems we are not alone in observing a furry rodent population resurgence. Because the email has just reappeared.
The ‘Electronic Mouse Killer’ apparently delivers a fatal shock, near instantaneous and therefore ‘humane’.
I fear that even as we speak it resides in Mike’s basket, just a ‘one-click payment’ away from its dispatch to deepest Devon.
We’d tried to return the previous catch and release type mousetraps, which didn’t really work. Not once the mice had discovered how to take out the bait and scarper.
A polite reply offered a refund but stated that, due to the nature of the product, no they definitely DID NOT want the faulty items back..
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