Mouse & Muse Blog

by Trevor Millum

An occasional series which I hope is of interest to friends and family.  Feedback always welcome.

Wheelbarrow Weekend

Wheelbarrow Weekend

Barrow's Wheelbarrow Weekend was back properly this year. 78 barrows throughout the village and a dozen Open Gardens. It just happened to coincide with some other celebrations that were going on.  Many did have a Jubilee theme and lots didn't, such as this winning...

Son of the Secret Gardener

Son of the Secret Gardener

Not surprisingly, getting Son of the Secret Gardener out into the world has occupied a lot of my time over the last couple of months. My PR person, Elly Donovan, has been fantastic and as a result I've done a lot of local radio interviews and got coverage in all...

I got distracted…

I got distracted…

...by many things, including reawakening my Facebook presence, which I was sceptical about. Having done so, though, I'm glad to be reconnected with lots of folk I'd not been in touch with for a while. The picture is from a garden in the village which always goes the...

Gardens, gardens, gardens…

Gardens, gardens, gardens…

It's been a good summer for gardens so far, notwithstanding a couple of periods of very heavy rain and some unwelcome winds. The photo above was taken at Helmsley Walled Garden: always a joy to visit but particularly resplendent in July. The cafe is very good too, if...

Distracted by Diaries

Distracted by Diaries

Reading and re-reading my dad's gardening diaries, two of which I have transcribed and will be part of 'The Son of the Secret Gardener', has distracted me from other things, including this blog.  But not from my weekly poem for the Wildlife Trust 30-30 campaign. Now...

Ten Down, Twenty to Go

Ten Down, Twenty to Go

Nice to get a mention in the Lincs Wildlife mag 'Lapwings'.  On the facing page there's a feature on Fiona, who is walking the 147 miles of the Viking Way so my challenge seems very relaxed in comparison.  Being a third of the way through does feel like a bit of a...

My 30 poem challenge for wildlife

My 30 poem challenge for wildlife

The Wildlife Trusts are calling for at least 30% of our land and sea to be connected and protected for nature’s recovery by 2030. Making more space for nature to become abundant once again will give our struggling wildlife the chance to recover and also restore...

2020 (Pro)Vision

2020 (Pro)Vision

Spending more time at home? Of course. Occupying yourself usefully? Well, sometimes. Providing for chutney shortages? Chilli jelly emergencies?  Or simply using those lovely rose petals from last spring. Definitely. Green tomatoes are an obvious candidate for chutney...

The Poetry Guide

The Poetry Guide

In this slim volume is the lifetime's experience and wisdom of Bernard and myself distilled from three decades of blood, sweat and fun in classrooms, school halls and libraries. The underlying message is that poetry is not there to be studied and dissected but to be...

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