Fortunately, wearing brown-tinted sunglasses helps my eyesight enough to enable me to drive (I’m slightly short-sighted, borderline for driving in the day) because I hadn’t taken a pair of glasses with me – I must remember to put my glasses in the car for emergencies, because I never use them at home. The lens reappeared within minutes of my arrival home. Bothersome thing.
In the night, the Sage got out of bed, which woke me as the burglar alarm going off had not, although I could hear it in my sleep. “It’ll be a mouse,” we agreed resignedly, and certainly we were not being burgled. The alternative possibility is a spider running over the sensor, but a mouse is the more likely.
And then I was sitting in my study at about 7 am when I heard rustling behind me, and recognised the sound of a mouse. Another mouse probably, the door is shut overnight and there isn’t a sensor in here. I decided to ignore it for the time being. But it kept on and on rustling and in the end I investigated. I turned on a torch app on my phone (I don’t bother with a torch, a compass, a map, a diary, a wristwatch – there’s an app for everything) and peered into the corner, but couldn’t see anything. Then I noticed a gift bag on the floor which contained a carton of Celebrations chocolate. I can’t remember when we were given them, but they hadn’t been opened. That is, they hadn’t been until recently, when a dear little mouse had gnawed its way through the bottom of the pack. But the inside of the bag was too smooth for it to eat its way out and it was stuck. We looked at each other and it cowered. I picked up the bag, fetched my handbag and my bike and cycled off to church. I let it out in the churchyard. I’m sure it will be happy, as a church mouse.
This house is by no means overrun with mice, but it’s impossible to keep them out all the time, though we’re not bothered by them in the summer. There are little crevices, small gaps they can creep in through and this is the time of year when they’re looking for a safe home for the winter. I’m afraid they won’t find one here.