Mouse Hole Fandom

It’s a thing, I guess? I created something that has fans. I’m kind of in awe of this.

I went into Google Maps to get the address of the mouse hole to send to someone who wanted to know exactly where it is, and discovered that someone has actually added Wakehurst Mouse Hole to Google Maps as a “tourist attraction,” and it currently has a 5-star rating! How about THAT! It’s an actual London landmark now.

Remember when I made a Hermione Grangermouse for a woman who contacted me because she really wanted to give a mouse to her daughter for her birthday? I did it in exchange for a donation to Little Village, the charity I volunteer for.

She recently sent me this message:

Also, last weekend a different woman and her daughter came to my door, and they gave me these:

They handed me this letter, and explained that they love the mouse hole, and had told a relative who lives in Wales about it, and she made these Welsh mice to send to me.

SO sweet! And honestly, they are just too cute. That’s proper needle felting right there, so much better than what I can make! They are now visiting the Wakehurst Mouse Hole.

And finally, remember when I held a contest to win a custom mouse, to raise money for women’s charities?

The winner, whose name is Marly, decided on a superhero mouse, which was fun to make for her. Meet Mighty Marly Mouse:

Faster than a speeding bulldog! More powerful than a steel mouse trap! Able to leap Victorian boot scrapers in a single bound!

A Big Step Closer to Freedom

Well, major milestones all around this week! Yesterday, Monday, 17 May, we hit the third step on the government’s “road map” out of lockdown. One of the changes in this restriction-easing was that restaurants and pubs are now allowed to serve people indoors.

Personally, I’m not yet ready to cozy up inside a roomful of strangers without masks on, but it appears plenty of people are, which is certainly good for the service industry. And given that the weather here this spring has felt like it’s been March for 79 days now, the outdoor dining has not been especially pleasant.

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I can’t believe I didn’t know about this for so long, after living here for almost five years! And it’s even something we can go do within the current lockdown restrictions!

For those of you who are as in the dark as I was about what this is, well, you’ve heard of beach combing? Mudlarking is like that, except along the Thames River in London; and you’re not looking for pretty shells, but rather, for bits of centuries-old-trash-turned-treasure. Centuries of lost or cast-off items that now qualify as antiques. It’s treasure hunting the whole family can do together, right here in London.

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