These alcoholic mice are having a fine old time drinking sherry. They even have a little mouse-ladder provided! When it’s quiet at the Gonzalez Byass bodega in Spain’s Jerez, these little rodents sneak out and enjoy their favourite tipple.
The pictures are a little wonky, not because I’d had a drink myself (this was at the the very start of the tour) but because they were on the wall of the cellar, quite high up.
Our charming guide pointed to the the glass of sherry and the ladder on the cellar floor and told us the story. Apparently it stops them gnawing away at the barrels to get to the contents.
They wouldn’t want the barrels spoiled because some of them are rather special, signed by famous people; artists, racing drivers, British Prime Ministers, actors and film-makers.
We were in Jerez earlier this year for my husband’s birthday and after the tour of the cellars and the obligatory video, we had a sherry-tasting and thereafter were steered inevitably towards the shop on the way out.
We managed to restrain ourselves and left with nothing more than our souvenir pictures and an appetite for lunch.
This week Sepia Saturday has proverbs as a possible theme so I thought of my sepia mice. Apparently the management wanted to introduce a cat but the workers threatened to strike if they did so. I bet there is one, otherwise they’d be overrun with the little squeakers. Imagine that, lots of drunken mice tearing all over the place! Not good for anyone with musophobia. The cat can’t cover all angles though and when the cat’s away the mice will play.
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