A most unwelcome visitor …

The Brigade slave pits have recently suffered an unpleasant incursion … mice. Well, the workshop is on a farm so I suppose it’s to be expected but the little swine are getting bolder and braver. Not only have they eaten an entire pack of cakes (Tesco’s own Angel Slices – so I’m expecting a review from them sometime soon), they’ve got into the teabags and crapped in the cutlery ! Now we don’t leave all of this stuff out in the open for them, we have a small wooden sideboard in which all of the comestibles live, but somehow the pesky blighters have found a way into it. Last week I opened the cutlery drawer to find a little brown furry muzzle staring out at me from the middle of a chewed pack of napkins ! I don’t know who was more startled, but he reacted first and flew across the shop to escape. When we left I made sure the cupboard doors were firmly shut and put everything away. But in doing so I reckon I trapped one inside, because this is what we found when we reported for casting duties on Monday …

Mouse chewings ...

One of the gits had chewed his way through the drawer where we keep stationary and out to freedom, leaving a trail of sawdust and eating through several sheets of sticky labels (don’t ask me why – the glue tastes terrible).

After effects in the stationary drawer ...

So this now means war – ignoring any weapons limitations treaties to the contrary, we will be deploying mousetraps at the earliest opportunity.

Failing that, we’ll be escalating to the nuclear option and deploying Mia*, the latest addition to the Brigade staff. At seven weeks she might have to grow a little bit, but having seen what she does to a toy mouse, I have no doubt as to her eventual effectiveness against real ones !

Mia

*Mia – Mia-cat – geddit ? It wasn’t my idea …