Wednesday 17th. December, 2014 – Mouse tracking and Carol singing 


This evening Tom and I drove up to Longformacus to join the folk carol singing, something we had done last year. Tom is always in great demand because he takes his accordion with him and makes music


Didn’t sleep too well because Rachel was convinced that we had a mouse in the bedroom – there are lots of mice around, little field mice who have come into the Granary, and the farmhouse, and many other houses around here, to escape from the cold. However, on getting up this morning Rachel was totally determined that we would make the house mouse-proof. I’m not sure how possible that is, living the country with so many old barns around but we’ll try.

Rachel went off to Duns and came back with some sealant. The furniture was moved from the walls and every crack, hole and possible entry place was sealed. I walked Mix and breakfasted and later David arrived for coffee and to discuss a computer terminal in the Bothy. Once he had left I started to sort out the spare bedroom so that, in time, it too can go through the anti-mouse treatment. I have had to abandon work on the books for the present, but it is all in a good cause.

After an early supper, I went off to join Tom and drive to Longformacus to take part in the carol singing in the streets. We were joined as usual by young men from a nearby training centre and after an hour of singing we were fed in the village hall – and quite some feast it was as well.

Back home I walked Mix and went to bed, hoping to have a night’s sleep uninterrupted by Rachel or any furry friends.

Mum went off to the Duns Guild Christmas party tonight and during today I have found myself thinking about last night’s ballet. It was broadcast to over thirteen hundred theatres and cinemas in twenty four different countries and at the last minute, shortly before the performance, one of the two leading men (the white rabbit) was injured (I guess in rehearsal) so an understudy took over. He was superb but what a time to be bounced into the limelight. I suppose that careers are made like this.

I also spent time thinking about the events dominating the news – the horrendous siege in Australia and the horrific terrorist shootings in Pakistan – and at the same time the investigation into whether British soldiers had committed atrocities in Iraq ten years ago. What a world we live in. It seems too that the allegations against British soldiers were untrue but that it has cost thirty-one million pounds to conduct the inquiry. Now I am glad to know that the allegations are by and large untrue – but surely there must be better ways to spend thirty-one million pounds? The Christmas message of Peace on Earth seems far away today – but there is no message which more needs to be heard. Oh, and I was pleased to hear that the Anglican Church now has in Libby Lane its first female bishop. Halleluia!

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