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There a story to this. When Steven and I bought our first home, it was do derelict that it had a closing order on it - no electricity, gas, windows (hardly) floorboards and ceilings - we were not allowed (could not anyway) live in it and as we were now paying rent and the loan for the house, Steve used to work on it late into the summer evenings whilst I was at home with our two young children. One night he came home all of a dither - in the dark - and said he had found something in the upstairs chimney but could not make out what it was because it was too dark to see. He felt uneasy though and thought it might have been a rats' nest he had come across. The next morning, on the bedroom floor, along with all the straw and other gunk rats use, was this mummified rat. He still even has teeth! It must have fallen out of the chimney when Steve was oiking around. The limestone must have mummified it. Poor thing! We have kept it in a Clarkes shoe box ever since (well over 30 years) and today I found it hidden away and thought I would share him with you. Two different views. Don't have bad dreams! xx

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Title:The Stuff of Nightmares!
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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 7:11 PM

well the story is one of interest the subject is likely to give me some nightmares.... eeewwww, I would not want to keep it.... but it has made an interesting subject

Linda

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Zoundz
Zoundz  5 Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 7:12 PM

Wow - that's gruesome, but as a pet rat breeder, I find it fascinating also! Thank you for sharing, and the wonderful story!

xx

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 7:40 PM

What a tale to tell , and well captured both images .... fascinating that you kept it all these years just for upload to epz Wink

Colin

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 7:54 PM

You should have uploaded this on 31st October! A real spooky story, but two very good images.
Joan.

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imagio
imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 7:55 PM

Gruesome find Sue,

Bernie

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 8:09 PM

What an interesting story and two great shots Sue.
Bob

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Amanita05
Amanita05  4 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2010 - 8:25 PM

Thats some Story & 2 Fascinating Photos to match!!
Thanks for Sharing!

Alan.

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 8:30 PM

Fascinating and yucky at the same time! Great shots.
Barbara

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phil99
phil99 e2 Member 744 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 8:45 PM

A super story and interestingshots at the same time....Phil

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 8:49 PM

a wonderful story sue two cracking shots if not a bit creepy nice ones Wink
andy

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Oliverpants
Oliverpants e2 Member 5Oliverpants vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 8:53 PM

Amazing Find and shots, I wonder how long ago it was living? Ann

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bromley-smith
6 Mar 2010 - 9:06 PM

Looks like he fought to the end. Great images.
Tony

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 10:37 PM

Part of your history-- might could use it in a still life one of these days!
Jennnnnn

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 10:41 PM

Only 1 thing worse looking than a mummified rat, in my opinion, that being a real, live one!! Loath them. Yuck! Great story though and well captured image.

Ann

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Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 10:57 PM

Thank you for all your comments/votes. Funny thing is ..... I used to have a recurring dream about rats eating my feet... long before this chap came into our lives. He does have a use though. When visitors come to the house and sit around till 1.00a.m. and we want them to leave, we have been known to bring out ratty....they soon leave and leave us to zzzzz. lol. x

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Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 10:58 PM


Quote: Part of your history-- might could use it in a still life one of these days!
Jennnnnn

A very, very still life!!

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 11:09 PM

Holy Dooly! Still a good shot Smile
Carol

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claremaher19
6 Mar 2010 - 11:13 PM

eewwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great shot and story tho Grin

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SuziBlue
SuziBlue  1116195 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2010 - 11:56 PM

What an amazing story. Have you ever read that story about the rat .. can't remember the name ... can't remember the name - Firmin?

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Adderwatcher
7 Mar 2010 - 9:51 AM

What a fasinating find and a good story to go with it. Nice shots too.
Scott

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2010 - 2:25 PM

Wow! It is creepy. Good capture of it...........Sandy

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gingerdelight

What a gruesome discovery, but I would have kept it too!!! Super images Sue!
Carol

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gerrymac
gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2010 - 6:06 PM

Aghhh...what a morbid thing to keep....fascinating pics.tho', and well captured
Gerry

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stephenscott
7 Mar 2010 - 6:35 PM

Very nice shot sue,great story to go with it aswell..

Steve..

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johnjones  4 England
8 Mar 2010 - 4:27 PM

great story great shot but gives me the creeps
jj

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
8 Mar 2010 - 9:40 PM

An interesting story to go with an interesting image.
Roy

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 9:39 AM

Thanks for sharing pic and story. Interesting indeed. Looks like something that could have been found in a tomb with a Mummy. Paul

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ccb
ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2011 - 6:00 PM

Wow! That gave me a start! Creepy - I thought it was a dog at first. You do live an exciting life, Sue!
Christina

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