Little Mouse and Alfie would like to say Happy New Year. Alfie has taken to his bed and is waiting for the whole thing to blow over - little Mouse now spends all her time lying on my pillow or guarding the house by staring out of that window - perched on my Bauhaus chair. They are 16 years old now and people regularly express amazement at their condition. Alfie is generally very grumpy, Little Mouse now comes in from the outside to wee in the house, up to 6 times a day. One day, after the inevitable - I shall need to replace all the floorboards in the dining room. They are both very content and live perfectly secure little lives, unless someone knocks on the door. They hate that. I know how they feel.