Mouse & Muse Blog

by Trevor Millum

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

Happy Birthday John Harrison

Happy Birthday John Harrison

After three years of planning and fund-raising, our John has finally taken his place in Barrow. It’s been a long story with many little setbacks but here he is at last. The installation was feat of engineering in itself. First the two and a half ton stone plinth had...

From Mummers to Maryport

From Mummers to Maryport

Our most recent Three Voices gig at The George included a new venture as we tried our melodramatic best to bring a short version of one of the Mummers (or Plough Jags) plays to life. It was, as you’ll see if you look at the YouTube link, pretty lively....

The Gnome with the Tome

The Gnome with the Tome

The Gnome with the Tome was the star of Christmas. Having wanted and been denied a garden gnome for the pond, Sylv supplied and surprised me with my very own look-alike. For the moment he sits on the piano, regarding my playing with a rather stern gaze, In the summer...

December Miscellany

December Miscellany

This is a backdrop painted by a couple of the younger employees at The Ropewalk. Makes me want to write a scene from a play to go with it.  Here's another seasonal snap, a Christmas Tree made out of plastic bottles - part of the Methodist Chapel's annual tree...

Finding the Foundry

Finding the Foundry

The day started ominously when we discovered that trains to Doncaster were cancelled because of flooding. Sylv had to drive me to Doncaster where I caught my train with 3 minutes to spare.  However, the rest of the day went well. In London I met Lily, the stonemason...

Nova Scotia revisited

Nova Scotia revisited

A happy return to Nova Scotia and Digby in particular. Pete and Pearl as hospitable as ever; Digby hardly changed - except they have a roundabout! Cause of much comment and serious reservations in the town... The new member of the family is Dylan (after Bob or Thomas...

Westward Ho

Westward Ho

There are enough pictures of pretty bays and beaches but you can never have too many gardens. So here is Diffryn Fernant, near Fishguard. Go see it, says Monty Don, so we did and he's right. It ranges from the cottage and kitchen garden areas near the house through...

Wheelbarrows and Gardens 2019

Wheelbarrows and Gardens 2019

The lengthy preparations paid off - another great weekend. The weather was dodgy but managed to stay clear enough for folk to wander the streets until half way through the Sunday afternoon which saw a heavy shower forcing Barrow Band to scamper for cover. The picture...

A Throw of the Dice: Five go to Derbyshire

A Throw of the Dice: Five go to Derbyshire

A throw of the dice, metaphorically, was what brought us to Earl Sterndale, deep in the Peak District. A few days with friends, what could be nicer? The dice were part of exhibits in the museum room at Haddon Hall - found behind the panelling in 1909. Haddon is one of...

South Asia in East Anglia

South Asia in East Anglia

One of many intriguing carvings in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at UEA in Norwich. Here's another, looking very bemused by it all. The exhibits are eclectic, to say the least: from the Pacific, the Americas and Japan - interspersed with modern artworks, making...

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