26 – Afternoon Tea at Mousington Hall

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Dear Lucy,

To celebrate her win in the pancake race, Millie and I decided to treat Gertrude to afternoon tea at Mousington Hall.

Millie said she could fiddle our expenses through the depot petty cash account, so it was no-holds-barred when it came to ordering the cakes, sweets and jellies.

Come late afternoon we were all too bilious to walk home so decided to take a short nap under a large oak in the Mousington grounds.  At two in the morning we awoke to a pitch-black sky, but as luck would have it I had a brand new torch in my backpack.  On the upside my new torch provided us with a glimmering path home, on the downside we had to bomb most of it at full pelt after being spotted by the local barn owl.  Exhausted, we all crashed on the sofa until Millie, who’s an early riser, woke us midmorning with a restorative fry-up!

Love Always!

M.M.

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Have you ever had tea at somewhere as posh as Mousington Hall or fallen asleep in an unusual place after overdoing it?  Have you ever been chased home by a sneaky raptor or fiddled the works expenses account?  Morris would love to hear from you, so please feel free to hit the comments box.

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25 – Pancake Pandemonium

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Dear Lucy,

I’m back at the depot for the annual employee pancake-tossing race.

Luckily, storm Imogen had abated leaving a bright sunny day in her wake and to make things even better, some days back the Postmouster General had announced the winner be awarded two extra days holiday and a packet of custard creams.

Knowing what mice are like when it comes to the promise of free biscuits, Millie, who was expecting a fiercely competitive event, was on standby to pick up any casualties with her Mouse Search And Rescue plane.

First down was Clive who took a rather nasty tumble into the bushes after being temporarily blinded by a pancake in the face. Things looked pretty serious at first, but a quick pat on the forehead with Millie’s official FIFA regulation damp sponge seemed to get him back on his feet in no time at all.

Oscar who had, on finding himself top of the depot sweepstake, been showing off all day, ‘lunched it’ just before the finish line due to tripping over a pile of rabbit droppings.  This unfortunate (but not undeserved) accident opened the field up for rank outsider Gertrude, who romped home in first place, albeit passing through the finishing post from the wrong direction after circling several times in a state of abject pancake orientated confusion.

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I didn’t take part in the race as Millie had asked me if I could undertake the responsibility of officially adjudicator and signaller for the start of the race. Despite Millie running me through flag protocol a few days before, in all the excitement I totally forgot which flag was for which purpose, and resorted to waving both frantically as everyone crossed the finish line.

On the way back to the canteen, Oscar, being something of a poor looser, complained constantly about the rubbish state of the course, but nobody took much notice, as most mice were busy chatting about which toppings they were going to choose at our celebratory pancake supper!

Hope you had a good pancake day!

Love,

M.M.

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How was your pancake day?  Which toppings do you prefer on your pancakes?  Morris would love to hear from you, so please feel free to hit the comments box.

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24 – Big Garden Birdwatch

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Dear Lucy,

Back from the Azores I’m in the parish of North Piddle, helping my mate Derek with his 2016 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.  Our watch Saturday morning was a complete washout due to some numpty of a neighbour lording it over the village with an offensively loud chainsaw.

Somewhat disappointed, Derek and I were forced to think outside the box and spend Saturday evening, crayons in hand, making ‘garden party’ posters to pin up around the neighbourhood.

Our hard work paid off and we ended up with a pretty decent turnout. Once guests had registered with Derek they were provided with a ticket to collect their tea and seed cake from my trolley, which I’d decorated with cheery bunting.  Everyone said what a nice event it had been and many asked if we could hold one on the last Sunday of every month.

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Final count: 5 Robins, 7 collared doves, 8 blue-tits, 4 blackbirds, 6 sparrows and 1 hyacinth macaw named Jasper whom we didn’t submit on account of him being a non-native who’d escaped from Mrs Green’s conservatory at number 32 after hearing about the free cake.

Hope you had a good count!

Love M.M.

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Did you take part in The Big Garden Birdwatch?  If you did, Morris and Derek would love to hear about your sightings!

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