The Man Shed


2018-04-04T19:15:16+00:00June 9th, 2014|Tags: |


  1. Amy at love made my home June 9, 2014 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Uh oh!!

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm - Reply


  2. Crafty Gardener June 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    mouse? mole? or what? I’m sure it wasn’t invited!

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Mouse I think. A smaller hole has been there a while but it’s showing signs of fresh excavation.

  3. Sue@GLAllotments June 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Hope it’s something nice and not destructive.

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      As long as it’s quiet.. and doesn’t undermine the shed!

  4. Antoinette June 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    I foresee another epic battle between man and mices …

    Do you want to borrow our cats? 😉 Shadow often disposes of 2 or 3 a night; and then predictably doesn’t want his cat food which has been lovingly bought by us as he’s full!

    BTW Golden Oriole is singing like the clappers outside — never been lucky enough to see it though

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      It’s the fact that there are sufficient mouse remains available for you to count that puts me off.
      Apparently there are only 2-5 pairs of golden oriole breeding in the UK and none of them near here… lucky you even to be able to hear them.

  5. countrysidetales June 9, 2014 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Badgers get everywhere these days, don’t they? Probably retribution for the cull…

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 9:02 pm - Reply


  6. Mark and Gaz June 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, mice….we had one take residence in the pot of one of our Agaves last winter, odd place to take residence plus it set back the plant.

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      In that case I’ll be glad that ours have chosen the shed..

  7. Freda June 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Of mice and men….least said the better here (they like his shed too!)

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm - Reply

      There is a hollow space under the shed floor, if they stay there it’ll be fine. But will they?

  8. sustainablemum June 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Has it chewed through the concrete, or is that some other material it has made a hole in? Is it a rat hole, looks a bit big for mice?

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      No, it’s concrete. I am hoping crumbly concrete, hence big hole..

  9. Jo June 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I think it’s going to be never ending battle with the wildlife in your garden.

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      I think you’re right.

  10. Pauline June 9, 2014 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, a mouse? I have just potted up a plant in the greenhouse, I plunged my scoop into the bag of compost and out it came with compost and a mouse!! The problem is she has a few babies in there too! Help, what do I do?

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      If it were Mike, the whole lot would be drowned in the river. But if you’re like me you’ll just open another bag of compost and leave them be. And then watch while they happily munch their way through all your greenhouse tomatoes en famille.
      Perhaps if they’re old enough, put them all in a shoebox and take them for a little ride in the car. It has to be at least two miles away though, or they will find their way back!

  11. frayed at the edge June 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, I guess there will another epic struggle between man and mouse!

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Heck, even I’m not allowed in the man shed.. not without permission and even then I have to knock..

  12. Em June 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Wearing clogs perhaps?

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      No, that’ll be the ones in the attic above my desk.

      • Linda June 11, 2014 at 2:13 am - Reply

        My brother in law has squirrels INSIDE his house!
        He had one under his feet at breakfast!
        Talk about EEEEEK!
        We have had voles in the garden…not too destructive I think….they eat plants!
        Good luck….
        Linda :o)

        • Jessica June 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm - Reply

          They do indeed eat plants, and just about anything else short of metal.
          Squirrels for breakfast… hmmm.

  13. snowbird June 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Lol…..little grey friend making itself at home….AGAIN? Just squint and pretend it’s not there!!!xxx

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      The trouble is, there is never just one is there..

  14. Denise June 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    The Lesser Spotted Concrete Weevil? Bet that’s what it is. Lay a trap. They are excellent on toast, so my insectivore friends tell me. I couldn’t possibly comment.

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      If there is indeed such a thing as a Lesser Spotted Concrete Weevil it has found the right place. It will never go hungry. And I hope it doesn’t because then I can replace all the dreadful paths and patio with a nice bit of york stone.

  15. CherryPie June 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I am guessing unwelcome company?

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      They will be if they gnaw their way up into the shed.. they might also get an eyeful of WD40!

  16. Ominous. You only need to get worried when the hole gets bigger and a pile of excavated rubble forms.

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      There IS a pile of excavated rubble. Just inside the hole..

  17. 1secondhandrose June 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    O-ohhh! I wonder if the electric ‘thing’ will be brought out to play?
    Rose H

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm - Reply

      Don’t worry Rose, it won’t.
      It’s broken.
      Do you think the mice nibbled one of the wires? 🙂 🙂

  18. hoehoegrow June 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Mice … or teeny weeny elephants ?

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      It might as well be elephants, we seem to have pretty much everything else..

  19. Chloris June 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Oh dear, but as it’ s the man shed, then I’ d let the man deal with it. He’ s probably got all sorts of manly weapons in there.

    • Jessica June 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      It seems only fair doesn’t it. After all, he’s just removed a hornet from my study in a very manly way so he’s proved his credentials.

  20. colleen June 10, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Something quite Hobbitty about that hole!

    • Jessica June 10, 2014 at 11:08 pm - Reply

      Now there’s a thought…

  21. Rosie June 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I had to smile at the comment above as I thought not Hobbits but Borrowers – got to be mice though, under the man shed:)

    • Jessica June 10, 2014 at 11:18 pm - Reply

      I think you’re right Rosie. Any Borrowers there would need to be heavily into DIY. Occasional chocolate biscuit crumbs though, perhaps that’s what the mice are after..

  22. Christina June 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Hi Jessica, well I guess that is life in the country ;-)! What ever creature it is, hope you can co-exist or find it another home. We recently had to life-trap a rat that had developed a taste for my rose buds and relocate it some miles away from his culinary paradise.

    • Jessica June 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      I’m glad you took it some miles away, they can find their way back otherwise. I didn’t know rats nibbled rose buds, I hope you don’t get any more!

  23. Sarah June 10, 2014 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Oh dear have they taken anything?

    • Jessica June 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm - Reply

      Not yet, I shall put Mike on Borrower watch.

  24. islandthreads June 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    oh dear ……………….


    • Jessica June 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm - Reply


  25. wherethejourneytakesme June 10, 2014 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    On the good side mice are better than rats…are thet tunneling in or out of the shed?

    • Jessica June 10, 2014 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      In. I think..

  26. CJ June 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Yikes! The more wildlife I see at the moment, the closer I get to screaming. Lots of holes at the allotment today, I’m getting very jumpy. Almost as jumpy as the mouse that was dancing across the patio the other day. I’d stay out of that man shed if I was you.

    • Jessica June 10, 2014 at 11:34 pm - Reply

      Sorry, I didn’t mean to cause alarm. If it’s any consolation, mice are even more jumpy. If they see you coming they’ll be down those holes quicker than you can say rhubarb.

  27. elaine June 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Uh Oh

    • Jessica June 10, 2014 at 11:35 pm - Reply

      Exactly what Mike said, or words to that effect.

  28. Cathy June 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    All this talk about mice…. surely it’s Rat…? 🙂

    • Jessica June 12, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      I’m hoping not… but it’s a thought worth holding on to, for the next time I need to prise Mike out of the man shed..

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