Hazel River Mouse Shire
Wet & Dry Measures
- Drop: measure of water which forms & falls from the tip of a leaf.
- Mug of Ale: 6 drops
- Barrel: 30 drops (5 mugs)
- Pebble: measure of river polished stone held in one closed mouse paw.
- Stone: 14 pebbles (one barrel of ale)
- Hangfall: time for water to collect & fall from a leaf after rainfall.
- Rest: 1 of 12 parts of sunlit time in the spring & autumn (time required to eat a midday meal, drink a mug of ale, & take a short nap).
- Sunday: sunlit time from dawn to dusk.
- Starday: starlit time from dusk to dawn.
- Day: Starday & Sunday considered together, starting at sunset.
- Fortnight: 14 days between full moon & new moon.
- (Dates are written out starting with the season (Spring, Summer, etc.), then Fortnight of the season (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.), then day of Fortnight (1, 2, 3, etc.), and the year. Example: “Spring 2nd & 7, 1154” is the 7th day of the 2nd Fortnight of Spring in the year 1154.)
- Whiskerbreadth: width of a mouse’s whisker.
- Pace: half-stride or length of one step by one leg of a mouse walking on hind legs.
- League: distance traveled by a mouse walking on hind legs during the course of a Rest (2,000 Strides).
- PNC—pinch: an amount of powder or past which can be pinched by a mouse’s paw & added to a mixture.
- BL—dribble: the smallest sphere of water which affixes to a mouse’s whiskers after a hearty quaff of ale.
- DRP—drop: the amount in a drop of rainwater which collects at the tip of an elm tree before dropping off. Equivalent of about 4 DBL.
- DSH—dash: a paw-full of powder, as ground seasoning or herbs.
- EAR—ear-full: mice scoop all manner of dried powders, flour, & paste with a conical scoop called an ear (this can be carved of wood, a folded leaf, or cast in bronze). Equivalent of 12-14 DSH. Can be measured by the Half-Ear as well. Crafted ears have measurements inscribed on the surface to determine lesser parts such as third, quarter, and “tip full” (a “tip full” is just enough to fill the lowest part of the cone & is equivalent to just a bit more than a dash, although in practice it is considered a more precise measurement, most Mice with a crafted ear like to use it as often as possible, even for the smallest & simplest of measurements).