Just in case you were wondering - the mouse has gone. We also had a big brown rat out by the wheelie bin - I know this because it had chewed a big hole in the wheely bin lid...destructive bloody thing. Anyway a very nice man came the other day and put some bait down (difenacoum - that's an anti coagulant - so they slowly bleed to death internally - eurgh!) and since he left we haven't seen Mickey or Roland again...neither have we seen any evidence of large or small rodent activity. I do feel a tad cruel as I really do think that all animals, no matter how horrid, have the right to live in peace. But when you get up and they've eaten half your loaf, it's all a bit much. And what with the neighbours thinking we're gypsies anyway, we do have to be rather careful.
Back to the lady from next door, I'm going to borrow my friend Lisa's coloured cob and tie it to the gate post whilst I pop to her door to see if she'd like to buy some pegs.