Monthly Archives: December 2010

Vigilance at all times

While happily engaged on Christmassy diversions, a mouse must still keep his/her beady little eyes very much on the proverbial ball – or sprout (the incidence of Brussels sprouts curiously falling from the dining table upon unsuspecting – and diminutive … Continue reading

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A brief, light-entertainment-inspired interlude. With reindeer.

On account of entertaining my mother for the weekend (and not having prepared sufficiently thoroughly in advance for the resultant time-leaching this precipitated…), I give you a Dancing Reindeer – with baubles and a showbiz cane – by way of comedic … Continue reading

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“Camp? Moi?”

(V. slightly ahead of time, on account of my having to leave my bed at stupid o’clock tomorrow morning to enjoy the privilege of a long, cold running race near Guildford – apologies.) Flouncing around with some tinsel as preface … Continue reading

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Tedious fairy lights-attaching stage.

Advent Mouse grapples – rather admirably, I’d say – with the needly issue of festooning the tree with now fully-restored fairy lights (unlike most households, Advent Mouse’s House actually contained a spare, functioning bulb – extracted, with minimal fuss and … Continue reading

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Ah, yes. The ‘illuminations’…

Cue everyone’s favourite Christmas game – hunt the (infuriatingly elusive) spare bulb. Quite why/how it is that a perfectly functional set of tree lights, stored with painstaking care in the dark recesses of a loft/under-the-stairs-cupboard/comparable undisturbed cubby hole, will – … Continue reading

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Blue Peter strikes again…

A brief interlude in Advent Mouse’s tree installation-and-decoration saga to cast an eye sideways at his younger sibling, momentarily distracted from obstructing progress by the introduction of paper and a pair of (safety, obviously) scissors: “Woohoo! Look what I maked!” … Continue reading

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The tricky buttressing stage…

Often a lengthy and inelegant process, ripe for arguments, as nominated tree putter-uppers attempt to find that critical point at which the tree attains perfect verticality and then swiftly apply anchoring mechanisms (usually consisting of a succession of different tactics, … Continue reading

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Now, to the small matter of getting the ruddy thing home…

The grimace sported by Advent Mouse has as much to do with the effort of dragging a rather hefty and cumbersome article of festive foliage as with the excruciating pain of multiple pine needles attacking one’s softest and most tender … Continue reading

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‘Want that one!

I have a distinct feeling that today’s Advent Mouse presages our own forthcoming visit to the Christmas Tree Shop (i.e. that one or other – or, indeed, both – of us will be utterly seduced by the idea of an … Continue reading

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Er, actually not that cold…

Advent Mouse accommodatingly demonstrating the perils of winter over-layering (an error all too easily committed…):   Apologies for the budget, greyscale version, incidentally – I’m afraid I was rather ambushed by a sequence of (mainly fun and enjoyable, admittedly) events … Continue reading

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