Tuesday, 27 August 2013

A visit to Mouse Town

This weekend we made our annual visit to England's Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle (more for Tim's benefit than mine but it is a good day out).

While the majority of the sights and sounds are very much life size, we couldn't resist a visit to Mouse Town. A small tent houses a model - which must be around 1:12 scale - of a street scene in darkness.

Amongst the shops are numerous mice, scurrying around and generally enjoying themselves.

Mouse Town is home to a large collection of real mice.

We've seen Mouse Town before but obviously each time the mice are doing something different so it's always enjoyable, perhaps more for us than others because we love the model. There's something magical about a mouse disappearing through a pub doorway though.

There was a tense moment when a couple of the creatures were balanced precariously on a balcony (cue shouts from nearby children of 'he's going to jump') but fortunately they decided against the giant leap to the ground.
The film below gives you an idea of what you can see in Mouse Town, although the reflection of the glass and the lighting make it difficult you can still make out the odd furry friend.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

An inspirational fairytale

One of my colleagues recently sent me a link to an article with the subject line 'Thought you might like this'. Like is a bit of an understatement and doesn't seem appropriate for such a magnificent dollshouse, or more accurately, dolls' castle.

Film star Colleen Moore and her incredible dollshouse.
Sadly, I am never likely to visit Chigago's Museum of Science and Industry but they do have plenty of pictures in the form of a mini tour on their website. 

You can also see the full article here. I did wonder if it might be an inspiration for Tim's castle (a project that has been in the wings for some time) but I think it's a little grand for his liking. I'm sure his will end up being full of witches, potions and cobwebs, not chandeliers and grand dining tables.

The film below shows some of the objects in the house being handled. I have to say if it was mine, I don't think I'd let anyone touch! 

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Sorry I've been rubbish...

It turns out it's harder to keep up with this blogging lark than I first thought. I really enjoy it once I get into it but because I spend almost every day at a computer, it's not always what I want to do when I get home.

However, today is a new month and a new outlook. Tim, my husband, does blogging so well over at Heropress - even if he's not in the mood to write he'll post a picture or a film to keep his regular readers happy. He also schedules his posts in advance so if there's a day when he's not up to it, there will still be a post going live.

So, as of today, 1 August 2013, I vow to be more like Tim. I shall be more organised, post more regularly and hopefully it won't be long before I'm back in the swing of things.