first dinner of the year in Upper Waitati when a little mouse climbed
up to the top of a bag right by their table on the porch, looked at
them and sniffed at their strawberries. When told "You're welcome on
the porch, but don't climb on the table", the mouse climbed on down.
They wondered if it is the same mouse that got shut in Lorraine's
cabin after she had told it to leave. Lorraine came home at the end of
the day to find the edge of her door mat and the door chewed where
they touched each other. Clearly that mouse was trying to get out: ".
. . it was such a long day - I was away about 12 hours," Lorraine told
A mouse had been making several trips under their noses carrying
papery bark to its nest near David's newly built clinic. It was found
to be a little brown field mouse taking the dry bark from the base of
a Fuchsia tree down to its burrow.
Another mouse had been seen tunnelling in the wood-shavings of the
farm's compost heap and living underneath the black plastic.
The mice have learned that David and Lorraine don't chase them, and
have become quite relaxed in human company, as each species respects
the other's space. As David says "As long as they don't come into the
Mice can be spotted where grass quivers as they pass by. Some of it
even bends as they climb up the stems to the seed-heads.
by David Baillie
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