mountains and molehills

So, I’ve started the edit. My two wonderful editors had great notes. However, they did bring up one contentious point – the size of molehills. Molehills and, more specifically, their removal are very important to the novel. And the question was raised – actually how big is a molehill? For all you city-dwellers, here is crucial information about molehills…

Me on a molehill

Me on a molehill

Fresh molehills are small heaps of earth several inches high and a foot or so across. However, an established mole field is another story. In time, without being smoothed, molehills grow into miniature mole-mountains. They can be two feet tall and several feet across. Over many years, these grassy mounds can cover an entire field. Preventing a little molehill from sprouting into a mole-mountain and spoiling a field is hard work. Moles fixate my parents. They’ve tried every kind of anti-mole device – from widgets buried underground that are supposed to give moles headaches to traps. My father’s morning ritual, is to check the mole traps…

I’ve posted a photo of a molehill, with me on top for scale. This is one of the SMALLER molehills in the field this morning. The largest ones are nearly twice its size. All I can say to the cynics is that Dorset moles must be more vicious than other moles. They drink more cider.



Filed under dorset life, from summerhouse to summer read, inspirations behind Mr Rosenblum

3 responses to “mountains and molehills

  1. isaacespriu

    Looks like you have monster moles in that field, Natasha! Hope the edit goes well 🙂

  2. Hi Dorset Girl, I’ve come via the How Publishing Really Works pitch party. (Wasn’t that a great idea?)

    I look forward to reading more here.

  3. Found you through the pitch party – Interesting to find another Dorset based writer – and don’t get me started on molehills!! My sonic molescarer has broken and they’re running amok!!

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