Flander's Lane, Washington Maine

Flander's Lane is named after my grandfather, Roland Flanders. It is a short dirt road with a few camps set on Washington Pond. There are tales that Flander's Lane is haunted. At least that's what my grandfather says.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Pit Mice

Pit MiceMy fire pit is constructed of cement blocks. I dug a really deep hole, and I lined the hole with cement blocks, two blocks deep and wide. Then I built up from the ground around the hole with another row of cement blocks, making the entire construction three blocks deep in all.

While digging a hole large enough to build the fire pit in, there were a ton of rocks I had to dig out. The ground here is mostly rocks. I used all the rocks to decorate the outside of the cement blocks to give the fire pit a more rustic look. I like to hide the cement blocks with the stones, so I just piled them up all around the outside of the cement blocks.

The pile of rocks create a little network of catacombs, hallways, and niches that a small city of mice have made their home. When ever I have a fire, they all come out, and enjoy the warmth and campfire food along with me. Here are two nibbling the leaves while I tend to the fire.

Pit MouseI'm always amazed at how close nature and critters are to our everyday activities. The Pit Mice scamper around, going in and out of the stones that decorate the outside of the fire pit. My kid likes to sit and watch them poke their little noses in and out of the crevices. Little Pit Mice are sooo cute!

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