Tag Archives: Twas the night before Christmas

Not Even a Mouse

Striped Mouse 1

Striped Mouse 1

 

 

Twas the night before Christmas

When all through the house

Not a creature was stirring

Not even a mouse

 

Striped Mouse 2

Striped Mouse 2

This minute little Four-Striped Grass Mouse was spotted by my friend S at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens last month.

Striped Mouse 3

Striped Mouse 3

Active during the day, he was scurrying about his business, not a care in the world.

Striped Mouse 4

Striped Mouse 4

You can see the stripes quite well in these two photos.

Striped Mouse 5

Striped Mouse 5

Even for a mouse, he was tiny, and very hard to spot in the undergrowth. We think maybe he was a teenager, not a baby, as he had his stripes, but there was still something babyish about his looks.

Striped Mouse 6

Striped Mouse 6

See how quickly you can spot him in the photo above!

 

Not a Creature was Stirring

The Boys

The Boys

Twas the Night Before

When all through the house

Not a creature was stirring

Not even a mouse.

 

Well, not actually the night before Christmas, but midnight and waiting for my daughter Pix and partner, to fetch her sister DD and husband, from the airport, for Pix’s wedding in a few days. This was last month in the UK.

I was the only one still up and was having a quiet cup of tea, after sewing cravats!

The Boys, as they are collectively called, had put themselves to bed (you can just see part of one dog bed in the left of the doorway) but when they saw me settle myself in the lounge, they both came through quietly to join me. No words were spoken and no fuss. They said hello to me, then both lay down very respectfully with their backs to me and their heads on their paws.

They only looked up and round when they heard me switch on my camera!

So this is what I have captured. Two very well behaved Labradors, wondering what that sound was!

The poor quality of the shot is due to not using a flash, because of sensitive dogs’ eyes.