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    18 days ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    Lynda Hallinan plays cat and mouse with a family of unwelcome houseguests.
    There was a mouse in our house. It wasn't the first, and it won't be the last. Every winter, when Jack Frost snuffs the life out of my vegetable garden, the orchard is stripped bare and birds raid the last seedpods from my flower borders, field mice seek shelter and sustenance inside our farmhouse. Who can blame them? Every square centimetre of our home is insulated and double-glazed and kept balmy with a heat pump that simultaneously hikes up the temperature and our winter power bills.
    Who am I to begrudge a cosy...
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