I was watering The Holler flowers,
daydreaming, not paying attention,
when out of the corner of my eye, I spied,
baby Hunca Munca and her three little brothers,
desperately climbing and clinging to the fountain grass.
I had inadvertently flooded their nest!
Needless to say, I gave watering a rest.
Cheers to you from all the living creatures at The Holler~
Note: For more about Hunca Munca see, “The Classic Tale of Two Bad Mice,” by Beatrix Potter.
Poor little mice! Good thing the fountain grass was there. Nice photos too!
I hope all of them got out. I saw four climbing დ
I’ll bet they did; mice are pretty resourceful. They have to be, with all kinds of other critters out to catch and eat them!
True. It was amazing the grass held them and they were so acrobatic, it was actually quite an amazing sight დ
What a great capture and fancy you flooding their home. Finding little critters in unexpected places always makes for a great photo opportunity 🙂
…..and do you always carry a camera when watering your garden, or is this your phone camera?
They were there climbing and I didn’t notice them at first. It’s a very large flower pot. I ran and got my camera which thankfully was not far away, and they were still engaged in their airborne trapeze act. I have never seen anything like it. They all seemed fine, but wet, and when they pot drained, they scurried back down დ
Oh, no, I hope Hunca Munca and his brothers were able to salvage their home after the flood! Your flower photos are splendid–quite in-your-face, which I like. No need for false modesty there!
Flowers are not modest or weak things are they Liz. I like them in my face too. Remember Tennessee Williams, “The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks….” Cheers to you my friend დ
A very apt quote. Take care, Cindy.
How sweet that the Hunca Munca family chooses to live among the beauty of your flower garden. And I must tell you it comes as no surprise that you are a lover of life in all its forms.
Awwww, I was just looking at photos of Elsie on your blog. Your love comes shining through Dor and it is beautiful to see. Lucky Elsie to find such a loving home დ
You are so kind.
So are you! It takes kindness to value kindness დ
The flowers are gorgeous. Love their bright colours! Mice are kinda cute too!
Thank you. I love flowers and the mice were quite a surprise and incredibly cute just like Beatrix Potter drew them დ
adorable… good catch.. hope you apologized.
I definitely did! Hunca Munca was looking at me directly in the eyes, as if saying, “please stop!” დ
Too cute! And such beautiful flowers! Still searching for “something” that won’t die in the Arizona heat. 🙂
It has been cooler at The Holler so far this summer, but I know the 100F days are coming! Night time drip irrigation saves my plants and keeps the endangered Western Toads alive too დ
Beautiful blog post, Cindy!
Thank you & I appreciate you telling me so დ
Yes, the mice definitely did that for me. I had never seen baby mice climbing tall grass and bobbing in the wind before! დ
Ha ha…. Big thanks to him😊
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Please try to be more considerate of your neighbors, Cindy – lol! 😀
Oh, dear! What a rude landlady! ;D
Beautiful flowers, Cindy. <3
What lengths I go to extract the rent! 😉 What do you think of the blue hibiscus? I am loving it დ
Beautiful flowers Cindy but sorry for their minders 😂 🤣
I do think the meeses picked some very fine real estate in that flower pot, until the human came around! დ
Those are sweet little mice, and beautiful flowers, Cindy! <3
Awww, thanks much Lavinia & be well დ
I’m so happy you saw the mice in time to stop the flooding. I loved Beatrix Potter and I loved the movie about her. Not sure how true to life the movie was but I love stories about strong single women. 😉 The flowers are so cheerful.
She wasn’t afraid to hold on to her childlike self. I like that. Children are the best humans by far. Stay safe Marlene დ
Ahh…thanks for the lovely flowers, my dear friend! Have a Mice day! (๑´ლ`๑)ﾌﾌ♡
Mice of you to stop by…No wonder Herbert the Cat kept staring at that pot through the window with such fascination! დ
I think Herbert is thinking of having a mice ice cream cone. LOL! (๑╹ڡ╹)╭ ～ ♡♡♡
Exactly. He pounces around behind the window! დ
He’s too cute! (•‾⌣‾•)و ̑̑♡
Beautiful flowers. Cute little mouse.
Thanks Timothy…. they were meeses, four of them! დ
Excellent photography and great writing, Cindy! Thank you!
Thank you more for such a lovely comment & cheers to you დ
Cindy, thank you again for wonderful photographs.
You are most welcome Charles & be well my friend დ
Awww, thanks so much დ
Mousies!!! How CUUUUUUUTE! *squeal*
Beautiful flowers. ❤
Happy you enjoyed them & thank you დ
Poor Hunca Munca and team. So glad you noticed them before it was too late. As a Brit, I am very shocked of course to see an edition of the book that doesn’t use Beatrix Potter’s own illustrations. That’s pretty much sacrilege!
I apologize for the sacrilege. Might be something for you to mention to the publishers, Simon & Schuster. დ
Sacrilege is right! Simply … can’t be done to mess with Beatrix Potter!
Beautiful flowers! And I’m glad the little ones were able to escape – so adorable. Beatrix Potter is a favourite of mine. 🙂
I especially love her “Tale of the Two Bad Mice.” I always wanted my dollhouse to come to life too! დ
You do have interesting guests. Alas, I don’t know that he appreciates your skills as a photographer they way we do? Xxxx
They definitely seemed unimpressed with me! დ
Don’t be fooled… they were simply playing hard to get. xxx
Beautiful flowers but I have to add (as always) that those are freaky mices, between the mice and the other post of birds…… you´re making my bed time hours even shorter, whatever happened with that mise from Disney, he seemed a cool little creature, I guess I´m suggesting for you go to Disney and maybe even see me there in Disney World and what is that name? What a freaky name now that I think about it. This was a weird comment.
Always a pleasure to see your art.
Well there is Mickey Mouse at Disneyland. The family and I can meet you with the twin grandsons Disneyland after covid goes away. But you have to hug the mouse so I can post it on my blog:
Well……. I´m pretty good with small kids until 3 hours go by, after that 3 hours I start thinking either how to kill myself or the kids. ( I still can´t figure out how one of my friend has 3 kids and is not depressed. Although he does call him His Little Taliban, guess what! I met the freaky kid and he just punched me on my… you know, no wonder the father calles him Little Taliban, that is a monster)
Ofcourse I will hug the mouse and thank you for correcting me on my grammar, although I could also hug a Cinderella?
I think Cinderella would a better bet for you Charly. I see if I can arrange an intro……… 😉 😉
You kidding me?!!!! Cinderlla and as you notice it starts with a C, so Cindyyyyy or might be Chohonno I don`t at this point
No relation what so ever! Which is what I tell my husband every time he calls me Cinderella! 😉 😉
He should call you Madonna or Tina Turner one of the two
I just saw the link, I´m not hugging a mouse born in 1930, how old is that thing?
What sweet mice ! Hope they are ok and made their exit safely.
I think they are okay and I think this unintentionally encouraged them to leave the nest! დ
A lovely photo story. They look like our field mice.
I think they are the same. No wonder Herbert the Cat loved that flower pot so! დ
Oh, they are so cute. xxx
Thank you! I thought so too დ
Wonderful flowers ,thanks for sharing, Cindy.
Pleased you liked them & cheers to you my friend დ
Nice catch Cindy. I would have scared them off.
Thank you Darnell. I think, unintentionally, the water did just that! დ
Beatrix Potter was amazing writer. I always remember her life film too. But dear Cindy how amazing you captured them… so lovely, so lovely. Thank you, Love, nia
Awwww, I am touched by your lovely thoughts Nia. Thank you დ
So sweet little ones – and wonderful flowers, Cindy. I love little forest mice, but don’t want them in my house. They don’t come here though. ..Instead I have the most adorable hedgehogs – and I laughed when you had watered the little ones, because yesterday I watered the roses, and found one of the hedgehogs under them. He quickly came out of his hiding and wandered away, while I heartily apologized for the shower he got!
Hedgehogs are adorable and I agree with you, I don’t want a mouse in my house either! დ
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Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness & cheers to you დ
Vielen Dank Ernst.Ich bin glücklich, dass Sie sie genossen und bleiben sie sicher mein Freund
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Hugs to you sweet friend & stay safe დ
Gorgeous flowers. I hope the wee ones are all dried out and okay. <3
I hope so too. They have not returned to the nest, but they seemed almost grown to me დ
Grazie mille დ
These flowers look exotic but I love the very saturated colors. Oh Yes!!! the little cutey. They are the star!
You should have seen them climbing the blades of grass and bobbing like acrobats in the breeze! დ
The same thing happened to me but with baby rabbits – I didn’t know they were in my flowerbed until the spray of water hit them 🙂
It is quite a surprise when it happens isn’t it! Baby rabbits are adorable დ
You have beautiful flowers and a cute mice family. How sweet that you care for all the Holler’s creatures. I haven’t read the book, but from the comments, I bet I would enjoy it. Children are so full of life, joy, and spontaneity. 😍
Yes, children are the best of us. Growing up means losing so much of that childlike wonder and kindness which is sad დ
Agreed and a few adults manage to regain or never lose those qualities.
True and sad დ
Oh dear. Not a fan of mice, even though I know they’re God’s creatures too. Love your gorgeous flowers, though, and I’m glad the mice have a friend in you!
Thank you Debbie & have a wonderful weekend my friend დ
They really are cute Cindy, but you don’t want them in you house, lovely flowers too.
No, I definitely like them best outside! დ
Much appreciate, grazie დ
The pictures are gorgeous as always… 💛💚
Awwww, you are kind. Thank you Maniparna დ
A very beautiful post, Cindy. Cute little creatures. 🙂
It has been years since I thought about Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter and the story behind it! Thank you, my dear friend for your most amazing posts.
I wanted her worlds to come true when I was a child. I still do actually! დ
So do I!!!!
Beautiful array of colors! I’m glad you saw the mice in time! Cute little things when they’re outside…
Yes, definitely much cuter outside!!! 😉
They’re cute, and I hope they stay in the garden and don’t stray indoors! The flowers are gorgeous.
Yes indeed. Gardens are the best place for mice! Thank you and I am happy you like the flowers დ
Beautiful flowers and I will always think mice are the most adorable creatures, and smart too!
I had them for pets as a child and I love them too! დ
Beautiful flowers! And what adorable little mice! That first photo of the mouse peering through the grasses is amazing! I hope you can find a balance of watering your flowers, but not flooding out the mice!
So happy you enjoyed & thank you! The baby mice have now left the flower pot nest so all is in balance at The Holler! Cheers to you Kathy & stay safe my friend დ
I don’t know if it’s the flowers that are beautiful or the photographer who is good, but what beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.
I am honored by your kindness! Thank you so much. It means a lot to me. Cheers to you and be well my friend დ
Beautiful flowers, the colors are so intense…poor little ones!
Thank you & I think they all survived but they certainly were frightened დ
Beautiful enjoyable post Cindy, thank you.
Thank you for your very thoughtful appreciation & cheers my friend დ
Wow. Great photos. Man the life boats Mickey!
It did seem like they must have practiced lots of safety drills for catastrophes like this. The mother mouse probably shouted, “Incoming,” and off they rushed climbing the rush! 😉
Oh, what a lovely surprise for you!
They were pretty darn cute! დ
Love the rich colour of the petals. 😍
I love the deep vibrant colors too. They pop with color. Cheers to you and have a wonderful week! დ
Cheers right back and happy coming new week. 🤓
The mice are sooooo cute! <3 And what beautiful flowers!
Thank you! Much appreciated my friend & cheers to you! დ
Love the photos Cindy! And Hunka Munka and family are adorable!!!
Awww, thanks so much. Appreciate your thoughtfulness & cheers to you დ
Oh so cute!
They were adorable and what amazed me was they looked exactly like the incredibly accurate illustrations done by the artist Charles Santore on the classic series collection of Potter’s books, which was why I included the cover shot. His art is what they looked like. Remarkable. დ
Great capture, Cindy. They’re adorable. Your flowers are pretty, too.
Awwww, so pleased you enjoyed & many thanks for letting me know. დ
Grazie Gottfried & cheers my friend დ
Big love ❤
These are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for bringing such beauty to your readers. Love the Beatrix Potter book!
Awww, you are a lovely person Jennie. Thank you დ
You’re welcome, Cindy. Best to you! 🙂
Wildlife and watering don’t always mix. While setting a sprinkler on my garden once the water was initially too high and got a bit in a birdhouse. I turned it down immediately and was careful ever after to be sure it wasn’t aimed where any water would get inside, but that one little bit made the parent birds so mad I got dive bombed by swallows every time I went outside for the whole rest of that summer. At least your little mice can’t retaliate!
Oh that made me smile! I know corvids (crows, ravens, etc.,) remember people who do bad things to them for many years. I guess we can now add swallows to the list! Birds are amazing. დ
Grazie mille chica დ
These photos are just fabulous, the vibrant colours just beautiful those mice look so cute even though I’d freak if they were suddenly in the lounge, much better in their natural habitat!
Awww, thank you Charlotte. Hope you are your family are all doing well დ
We’re good thanks Cindy 🥰
You knew ‘Hunca Munca’ would steel my heart, didn’t you?
Yes. Good people are like this. Thank you for being a good person. We need good people these days. Stay safe and well დ
I am trying, not sure if I will succeed. The verdict is not in -yet 🙂
Yes, this is the same for all of us დ
I have that book. It’s got to be 60 years old now. Loved this post, Cindy.
Wonderful! I used to have a boxed set when I was little. I gave it my daughter. Beatrix is special, and so are the people who love her დ
Hunca Munca! I have never heard this name before for field mice. The flowers are pretty. I am not a fan of mice.
Quite a name isn’t it! Hunca Munca is a mama mouse in Beatrix Potter’s books. She is tidy and wears an apron. Blessings to you Beverly დ
Now I see. I think I read that book when I was a child.
Cuties…you know I love mice huh? Granny too😸Pawkisses for a Happy WednesDay🐾😽💞
Herbert the Cat loves meeses too! 😽
Beautiful work, as always. That one photo of the white flower … wow.
Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness & for taking the time to let me know დ
Is that a new name for field mice, Cuz ??? 🐭
Well, Beatrix Potter named one that back in the day, so not so new. Hope all is well with you cuz. Stay safe დ
Stunning pictures, Cindy
Thanks so much and I am happy you enjoyed them leyla დ
Wow, wow, wow
I love your wows!!! Thank you & cheers დ
I would stop watering too!
No wonder we share our name! დ
I love your reflections using some wonderful pictures. The stories to tell are in themselves so refreshing and unique. Love the simplicity yet extreme elegance. So glad to have come here. Peace and greetings from Sui generis 💛
Your truly kind and sincere thoughts have touched my heart. Thank you & be well დ
I’m so glad to have touched you. I really just am playing my part in making others smile. I hope I have made you too.
Sending you peace and eternal love.
Visa versa 2UX2 დდ
Happy you enjoyed my friend დ