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Guy Makes Tiny But Elaborate Hobbiton For Family Of Mice Who Visit His Garden

by : Lucy Connolly on : 15 May 2020 13:38

As Gandalf once said, ‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.’

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Which is exactly what one man from Yorkshire has done by building a teeny tiny Hobbiton village for teeny tiny visitors to his garden.

Wildlife photographer Simon Dell built the miniature village – based on the scenery found in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies – for the wild mice that regularly visit his garden, after he befriended one of the small animals.

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The 46-year-old built the miniature log-pile houses, picnic tables and more using wood, with one of the mice – whom Simon has named George – seen making use of the furnishings in a range of pictures taken by the photographer.

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He has captured some more-than-impressive shots of George sitting at a miniature table and chairs, snacking on some cheese and nuts, after noticing the mouse kept visiting his garden during isolation.

Simon, from Sheffield, even created a miniature tribute to the NHS in the form of a bench that George can be seen inspecting, with the photographer saying: ‘Now that I have extra time on my hands, I have been making more furniture and it seemed right to make an NHS bench to show my support – they are doing an amazing job.’

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Simon said:

George had been visiting my garden for a few weeks as I was leaving a peanut out for him to return to the very same spot.

I then decided to make him a little safe home as I worried about cats getting to him – I piled some small logs, twigs and moss over a make shift little room and put some seeds and nuts inside for him.

He seemed to love it which prompted me to make more tiny houses using scraps of wood. I once gave wood carving a try so what I learnt has come in very handy for making mouse sized homes and furniture.

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The photographer admitted it can be challenging to take decent photographs as they are wild animals – ‘some days are harder than others’ – but he said when the weather is good they seem ‘more than happy to strike a cute pose or two’, in exchange for some food of course.

I think we can all agree the photos are more than just a little bit decent. In fact, they’re absolutely adorable. Hats off to you, Simon.

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Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Animals, Adorable, Hobbiton, Mice, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Yorkshire