Rather wet, too much so to do much out of doors: considerable rain this evening. Planted first row of currants (ie. 6 red, 5 black). Have started using chaff instead of straw for nesting-boxes. Do not know whether it will prove to be too expensive, but should be easier to clean out & to rot down.

6 eggs.

There was a nest of field mice at the roots of one of the currant bushes, & they came running out, 5 in all, as I levered the plant up. Fatter & lighter coloured that the house-mouse, with a long tail (I had always had an idea they had short ones) & rather slow-moving, with a sort of hopping movement, though they all managed to get away from me.

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10 Responses to 7.11.39

  1. I read this blog for the currant events.

  2. Six and Five each appear twice in this post. Red and Black each appear once. And then there is the Musing about snail-like, yet elusive, hopping mouse-tails while simultaneously ripping currants out and planting currants in a row of an odd-number (Eleven is implied) of columns.

    Rumor has it that the Egg Count has improved in the few days since Mr. Blair’s return to bestow TLC upon his beloved poultry. Someone else said that they heard that someone saw Blair scrambling around on all fours in his garden and some claim to have distinctly heard the snarls of a Jackal.

  3. The Ridger says:

    I love how he loves discovering new things, like field mouse tail length.

    But does “hey all managed to get away from me” imply that he was trying to catch one?

  4. Max says:


  5. Yes. I have deduced that, the words “though” and “managed” in this context, bring forth the logical conclusion that every slow-moving, fat field mouse he reached for hopped away, leaving him with a handful of dirt each time. And this despite the longishness of their light-colored tails!

    Meanwhile, it is possible that the mice simply scurried away and it was only the anthropomorphic mice themselves who thought that they had accomplished something heroic.

  6. Steve says:

    I hate to tell you this, folks, but he was probably trying to smack them with his shovel, if only to deprive the owl of food.

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  9. itwasntme says:

    I think he merely wanted to examine the field mice more closely; I don’t believe for a second he’d want to deprive the white owl of a nice dinner.

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