Mouse & Muse Blog

by Trevor Millum

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

Two concerts and a sculpture garden

Two concerts and a sculpture garden

The first live concert for months! Snake Davis, virtuoso sax and flute player, with Helen Watson, superb vocalist. Not the Ropewalk this time but an unusual venue: the land behind Wootton village hall. Heavy rain held off until the last couple of numbers were due. The...

How far to Forfar?

How far to Forfar?

Quite far, is the answer. But worth the journey. The Three Witches take pride of place - they, along with six other sculptures on a Macbeth theme, are to be found in the woods next to Glamis Castle. Not merely woods but a Pinetum with, we are told, the tallest trees...

Together Behind Four Walls

Together Behind Four Walls

I'm contributing a poem for inclusion in this anthology about you-know-what. It's a parody of (or rather, a tribute to) Edward Thomas's 'Adlestrop'. You can find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/togetherbehindfourwalls/posts/130491708680654?__tn__=-R Meanwhile,...

Break Out!

Break Out!

The garden has been our refuge and solace over the past weeks / months. But on Wednesday we finally broke out of our cocoon and, like butterflies, migrated to Harlow Carr, where we landed safely. And, not quite by coincidence, there were our friends Pete and Beena....

April Flowers

April Flowers

Spring is no respecter of human problems. Here come blooms and blossoms by the branch and stem-load. The cherry in the front is laden and the crab apple trees aren't far behind. Even the bay tree has lots of yellow flowers that I never noticed before. Tulips have...

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...

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