Saturday, 7 March 2015

Mouse Goes Back in Time

Mouse had a spare weekend recently and decided to do what he does best.......go on an adventure.  Nothing too exotic as he only had the weekend but he had never been to the North East of England before so off he went.

It was quite a long journey and the weather was very typically dull and drizzly but Mouse is quite used to that so it didn't stop him getting out and seeing the famous Angel of The North.

The Angel was simply huge and Mouse felt very small indeed.

It had been a long day traveling but Mouse still had enough time to visit Durham before going to his hotel for the night.

Durham is a lovely place with a very big Cathedral that Mouse was keen to see.

Mouse spent so long looking around the large Cathedral that he ran out of time to see anything else and needed to get to his hotel for some rest ready for the following day.

Mouse was up early ready for his planned visit to The Beamish Museum.  It is a Living Museum which means it is all outdoors and it is like you have been transported back in time.  Mouse was going to be transported back to the time of World War 1.

His first stop was the Pit Village which is just like being in a typical North East mining community during the War.

The village was all prepared for the war effort.

Mouse even saw what it was like in a School.

The children wouldn't have used paper because it was too expensive in those days so they would write on a chalkboard or slate.

Mouse had fun in the pit village but there were other areas of the Museum to see so he got on a tram to get there.  What a great way to get around!

The next stop was the Downtown area with some typical shops from the era.

Mouse was amazed, it really was like being transported back in time.  His favourite place was the bakery which was selling traditional cakes and bread......delicious.

The general store showed Mouse the type of things that people would have used in their everyday lives.  The Carbolic Soap was not like the shower gel that Mouse prefers to use!

Also in the town was the Masonic Hall.  This is where you could sign up for The King's Shilling and join the army to fight for King and Country!  Fortunately, Mouse didn't reach the minimum height requirement so he didn't have to go to the frontline.

Time was getting on now but there was just enough time to get on another tram and go even further back in time for a ride on one of the first steam locomotives.


The locomotive was much slower than modern trains!

Mouse had a great time at the Beamish Museum but unfortunately time had run out and he had to travel back home.

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Mouse Takes The Polar Express

With Christmas getting closer, Mouse has been keen to get into the holiday spirit and decided to take a trip on a very special train........The Polar Express!

Mouse really enjoyed watching the film and so he couldn't wait to get to the station to experience the real thing.  He was so excited when he saw the conductor and even the ghostly Hobo that lives on the train.
The conductor shouted ALL ABOARD so Mouse got straight on the train, making sure that the Conductor could see his ticket.
It was so exciting and the Conductor was nice.....but kind of scary at the same time.
The train pulled out of the station with a sudden jerk and began it's journey to The North Pole.  Mouse could hardly contain himself.
Then some music started to play, and Mouse recognized the Hot Chocolate song from the film.  It was soon followed by dancing chefs delivering delicious hot chocolate to everyone.
It was the best Hot Chocolate that Mouse had ever tasted and even came in it's own special mug.
The mug was so big, that Mouse fell in when he was trying to get the last drops.
After the Hot Chocolate, the Conductor came around and punched everyone's tickets.  He punched Mouse's ticket with the letter "B" and explained that it was to remind him to Behave so that he stayed on Santa's good list.
It wasn't long before that train came to a stop and had arrived at The North Pole.  Mouse couldn't believe his eyes when he saw Santa and his sleigh out of the window.
The Conductor explained that it was so cold outside that Santa would climb aboard the train and speak to everyone.  Mouse was pleased about this as in his rush to get on the train he had left his hat and scarf behind.  Mouse was very keen to ask Santa if he had received his letter this year.
Santa confirmed that he had received the letter and that he had already picked out a very special cheese knife as requested.  Unfortunately it was soon time for Santa to leave but not before he had given Mouse a very special gift.
Mouse was so relieved that he could hear the sleigh bell ringing and was so pleased with his gift from Santa.

When he looked closely he saw that it had writing on it to ensure that he never forgets his special journey on The Polar Express.
Mouse wishes all of his friends and followers a Very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Safe New Year.

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Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Land of Beer and Chocolate

Mouse was beginning to get a bit bored at home waiting for the cold weather to set in so he decided to take a quick trip and have a weekend adventure.  Now you will no doubt be already aware that Mouse is quite partial to Chocolate, as well as cheese of course.

In a previous adventure Mouse went to a chocolate factory in the UK, but he knew that the best chocolate in the world comes from Belgium.  So it was the obvious place to go........Bruges.

An early start meant that Mouse could catch an early train and be in Bruges in time for lunch.  Hhhmmmmmm what would he have?

Mouse was very keen to get stuck in to his favourite sweet treat but after a quick lunch of the most delicious chocolate he had ever tasted he was ready to have a good look around this lovely historic city.

The city was filled with the comforting sound of horses hooves on the cobble stones and Mouse decided that this would be a great way to see what else it had to offer a well traveled rodent.

There were so many historic buildings to see and Mouse had a lovely tour around.
It did get a bit cold after a while but fortunately the carriage owner was well prepared.

The carriage driver was so knowledgeable about the city and gave Mouse some great ideas of things to do while he was visiting.  Mouse had no idea but apparently Belgium isn't just famous for chocolate, it is also well known for making the finest Beer in the world.  This he had to try out so he hopped off the carriage and went off to find a cafe for a beer.

He couldn't believe it, the beer was amazing and there was just so many to choose from.  He wanted to try them all but they are also very strong.
It was a good job they had some pretzels to go with it.  But Mouse was soon feeling very sleepy so went off to his hotel to get rested before another day exploring tomorrow.

Mouse woke up with a bit of a sore head.  That beer really was strong.  So he needed to get a good breakfast before doing anything else.  Imagine Mouse's surprise when he realised that Belgium is also famous for Waffles, and you can have them for breakfast!!

The first thing on Mouse's list for the day was to see the canal that weaves it's way across the city.

It was beautiful so he decided to take a boat trip to see the city from water level.

After the boat trip Mouse was getting peckish again so he went looking for a snack.  He came across a shop that not only sold Belgian chocolate but also the widest selection of marzipan that you could imagine.  He opted for Banana Split flavour.

Next on his list was to see how Belgian chocolate is made so it was off to the Chocolate Museum for a demonstration.

The chocolatier made it look so easy but Mouse knew it had taken him years to perfect the art of making the finest chocolates.  There was of course free samples to be had but all that chocolate had made Mouse super thirsty so he simply had to head off to try some more of that delicious Belgian Beer.

Mouse found a place that sold over 400 different beers.  So many that it took an entire wall to display them and every single beer has it's own special glass that it is served in.  A Belgian would never serve a beer in the wrong glass.

Mouse knew that he wouldn't get to try them all but this place sold a trial set of 4 small beers so he though that would be a good idea.
Each beer came with an information sheet that told you all about it and how it is made.  It was very interesting and one of the beers was even made with cherries.  To Mouse's pleasure it also came with some nibbles of salami and nuts.

The best surprise for Mouse though was when he found out that it is quite normal in Belgium to eat cheese when drinking beer.  Now he really was in heaven.
Mouse had a truly wonderful time in Bruges but unfortunately he had to be up early the next day to travel home.  One thing is for sure though........the Land of Beer and Chocolate is right at the top of Mouse's list of favourite places.

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Mouse Will Remember Them

As it is 100 years since the start of World War 1, Mouse thought he would do something special to mark the occasion.  He had heard about an exciting thing happening at The Tower of London in memory of all of the British and Colonial soldiers that gave their lives for our freedom during the First World War.

A major artistic installation entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' has seen over 800,000 ceramic poppies planted in the moat of the Tower of London, one poppy for each of the lives lost.

Mouse decided he just had to see it for himself so off he went on a day trip.  It was super busy as so many people also wanted to see this amazing sight.



It really was an amazing thing to see and Mouse was really glad he went to have a look for himself.  This year he will be saying an extra special prayer on Remembrance Day.  Mouse also wanted to share his favourite poem from World War 1 by Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est.

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Mouse In The City of Angels

Mouse has been on a rather exotic adventure recently and could wait to get back and share his story with everyone.  It has been a while since Mouse left the country so he decided to go further than he has ever traveled before.  As you may have guessed from the title, he chose Los Angeles in California, USA.

It was a long flight but Mouse was very well looked after and arrived at LAX airport safe and well and so excited to be in America.  He collected his hire car and was very glad that he had chosen the white convertible sports car as he thought this would make him fit in quite well with the Californians.

Mouse had always wanted to go to Beverley Hills so he decided that would be his first stop.


 

 And of course, when in Beverley Hills the only place to shop is Rodeo Drive so Mouse wanted to have a look to see if anyone famous was shopping.


 Unfortunately Mouse didn't see anyone famous so he decided to head for his hotel and get some much needed rest so that he would be ready for a big day tomorrow.

After a good night's sleep and a breakfast of Pancakes and Maple Syrup, Mouse headed out for an exciting day exploring Hollywood.  First stop was the iconic Hollywood sign.


 The sign was just as impressive as Mouse had hoped but he could not stay long as he had so much planned for the day.  Next up was a visit to Hollywood Boulevard to see the Walk of Fame.


 It was amazing to see so many names on the pavement that Mouse recognized, but he was looking for one very special star in particular.  After walking almost the entire length of the Walk of Fame, finally Mouse found the one he was looking for.


 Mouse was getting tired after so much walking but he still had time to seek out the Chinese Theater where many of the Hollywood Movie Premieres are screened and also where some very famous people have left their hand and foot prints outside.

There were so many to see but Mouse particularly liked seeing some of the older Hollywood legends.


Mouse was now exhausted and hungry so he needed to look for somewhere to eat.  He couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the sign for a place called The Cheesecake Factory.  Now a place that has Mouse's two favourite words in it, Cheese and Cake, had to be a good thing.


Mouse was certainly not disappointed as there were 37 different kinds of cheesecake to choose from.  Mouse opted for Lemon Meringue and was blown away by how good it was.


Tired and full, Mouse headed off for a good sleep ready for another big day.

Having seen all the movie star names the previous day, Mouse thought it would be a good idea to go to Universal Studios Hollywood to see where films and TV programmes are made.


It was a great day out and Mouse got to see the sets where some very famous films were made on the Studio Back Lot Tour.  There were even some scary bits along the way too
 

He had a fantastic time but couldn't believe how quickly the time was passing and he was keen to see as much as possible while in LA so there was just time for one more picture before heading back to his hotel for some sleep.


The next day Mouse headed off to Long Beach as he had always wanted to see RMS Queen Mary, a retired Ocean Liner that was built in the 1930's and used to transport passengers between Europe and America. 

The ship was huge and Mouse imagined how impressive it must have looked when it was launched.

Also on Mouse's agenda for the day was a visit to the Griffith Observatory as the view over LA from there is a magnificent site.


The view really was spectacular.


The following day Mouse wanted to learn all about a sport that he had seen on TV in his hotel called Baseball.  The local team is the LA Dodgers so Mouse headed off to Dodger Stadium.


The stadium was huge and Mouse got to see all around it.  He even went down to the players dug out where he had a nice surprise at just how welcome he was made to feel.


After the tour Mouse was very excited to get to the Dodger Shop to pick up some souvenirs.


Unfortunately Mouse's time in LA had come to an end and he had to be up early the next day for the long flight back home.

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