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Mice nibble - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mice nibble #15

When arriving back at Einar I go through the same routine. It involves turning the electricity on: That wiring looks safe, doesn’t …

Kestrel and Mouse - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Kestrel and the mouse

There’s a Kestrel at the top of the tree here in Parco della Caffarella. It’s quite a distance away, so we get …

Mice eat soap - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mice nibble… #14

Mice. Yes, mice. They really will nibble anything. Anything. This used to be a nice bar of soap. It’s perhaps the last …

Mice Nibble - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mice nibble… anything!

Mice. They’ll nibble anything. Anything. Any. Thing. There was the time they nibbled my sleeping bag: Mice nibble… #8 That wasn’t very …

Mice Nibble - The Hall of Einar

Mice nibble… anything!

What won’t mice chew? I’m currently carrying out an experiment, whether I like it or not. Every time I come back to …

Mice nibble - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Mice nibble… #13

In the past, the mice at Einar have eaten my air bed, my slippers, my rubber gloves, bicycle inner tubes and even a roll of draught excluder. They have eaten ear defenders, knee protectors, sleeping bags and walking boots. Every time I arrive I wonder what will have been chewed this time.

Chamois leather

Mice nibble… #6

Shammy leather.

Thanks to the mice my car windows will remain dirty – they’ve eaten my chamois leather. I wasn’t going to clean the windows anyway, but now at least I’ve got an excuse.

Ear Defenders

Mice nibble… #5

Ear defenders.

What will defend my ears now that the mice have got at them? What will defend me from the mice eating everything I own?

Draught Excluder

Mice nibble… #4

Draught Excluder. Surely that’s a little self defeating of my mice? I’m not going to be able to make the house a little less breezy for them now.

Inner Tubes

Mice nibble… #3

Bicycle Innertubes. I should have known by the names of the other houses. Musland is my nearest neighbour. That’s Mouseland to the …


Mice nibble… #2

Slippers Just when I was thinking I’d like to get my cold feet into some snug slippers in this Orkney Summer I …


Mice nibble… #1

Airbeds The house is damp and full of mice in the winter so a traditional mattress isn’t an option for two reasons: …


When you arrive at a house that has been closed up for a long time there’s an important routine to go through. …