GARLIC seller Brian Page has driven all over the world, but for his latest journey he had an unexpected companion.
For 15 years he has driven back and forth to southern France to buy violet garlic and bring it back to the UK.
But this week he was brought to a halt – by a European mouse.
Three days after arriving back in Trotton with his latest batch of purple garlic from Cadours, near Toulouse, his Mercedes van refused to start.
“It wouldn’t even turn over,” said Brian.
“I had to call the Mercedes break-down service and they decoded its computer system and told me something had interfered with its vital touch points causing a complete malfunction.
“Then I found three packets of cigarettes completely chewed up together with some missing vitamin pills. The crew concluded it was a mouse, which is still living somewhere in my van and now won’t come out for me.
“It must have got in at the farm I buy the garlic at or at one of my rural stopovers on the way back.
“I think it’s a French mouse because of the way it likes tobacco.
“But now it has eaten the vitamin pills it’s obviously full of go as well.
“The funny thing is that it doesn’t seem to like garlic.”