Mouse’s Holiday part 2: Dolce far niente

Or, ’tis sweet to be idle.

So far, it’s been a pretty restful holiday.

We’ve sat and enjoyed the sun going down over the lagoon, along with many others who bring chairs and an early evening drink along to take what pleasure they can from the spectacular colour that distant bushfire smoke lends to the sunset.

The dog beach has been wildly popular – with me as much as with Mouse. I do love to watch all the happy doggos madly dashing about and playing with the brisk surf you get on this coast.

I also like the mini spa treatment for my feet; all the rough skin polished off by the silica-rich sand, the massage of the salty water reducing swollen ankles and cooling hot feet, all that ozone-dense air…

The V-Wall walk is an enduring pleasure. It runs between the lagoon and the sea. The water is deep teal shading to bright turquoise as it runs over a sandbank and past a small bird-inhabited island. I can’t tell you why it’s called the V-Wall, but you can see from the photo that the rocks from which it’s constructed are the site of numerous decorations, memorials, paintings and “I was here” daubs. These are permitted and even encouraged, so long as you don’t deface anyone else’s work.  It makes a colourful effect and an interesting read; there are contributions from locals and distant travellers alike.

Mouse is having a great holiday. He gets his first run of the morning just before his 6am breakfast, another longer walk mid morning and several shorter walks throughout the day. We are planning a folding wire dog enclosure for under the caravan awning so he can sit outside with us without needing to be tied up – he’s so fast that if he took off after a doggy friend we’d never catch him, so his 8ft lead is vital. But it would be much nicer if he could move around freely. Having said that, he spends a lot of quality time on his bed in the caravan “tolly zorsted”.

We visited my sister and BIL in Dorrigo the other day; I haven’t been down this way for well over a year and it was past time. I absolutely love the road inland from the coastal highway, and the point at which I can start to see my dearly missed mountains is always a favourite. Up there is my chiefest happy place… And of course, family and friends I don’t get to see often.

And then home again to Miz Lizzie. We debated having dinner at the V-Wall Tavern, just outside the gates of the caravan park, and overlooking the bay. Its outdoor seating area is dog-friendly and the menu is very tasty.

But then Mouse made it clear he wanted his dinner first, and we realised the setting sun would be in our eyes. Perhaps lunch today, instead?

We had a lazy day yesterday. By which I mean I cleaned up the caravan, did the laundry, made meals, etc, but I also sat outside for several hours and stitched hexies for my ScrapHappy piece, and finished one book and started another. Another day like that today, I think, and then on Thursday we have a social day, seeing friends in both morning and evening.

It’s good to slow down and take it easy sometimes….

39 thoughts on “Mouse’s Holiday part 2: Dolce far niente

  1. Looks like a wonderful spot to have a holiday 😁 I wonder if maybe the wall is called the V because of it’s other arm/leg across the river part. Very interesting that the outside seating area of the tavern is dog-friendly… mental note made. And, we were just recently discussing doing a day trip to Dorrigo during our end of year staycation… love those mountains.

    • katechiconi says:

      The Wharf Cafe on Wellington Drive is also dog-friendly, but it’s not open in the evening. We’ve also considered getting fish & chips from the V-Wall Cafe next to the Tavern and eating them in the grassed picnic/bbq area at the front.

  2. it all sounds lovely and the pictures, – beach and surf are paradise. We are rapidly approaching winter, rain, wind and cooler temps. Enjoy!

  3. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Can you take a dog with you in a restaurant in Australia ?? At the moment the most dogfriendly country I know is France. Looks like the 3 of you are having a wonderfull time.

  4. Dayphoto says:

    I love restful vacations. Also, having exciting things to do and eat well, that a huge part of vacations. I’m so glad for all of you. Including Mouse.

  5. A very profitable day in my book … reading … sewing & feet up at anytime is always good. It’s what holidays are made of. 191 days to go to see my Queensland Family 🤩

    • katechiconi says:

      Still plenty of time to prepare, then! Pack books, sewing (I’ll bring the work lamp), stuff for the beach – and roomy clothes to accommodate all the eating we’ll be doing!

      • Believe me I’ve already got a mental list ready to put into action… not sure how much reading we will be doing as we are going to be together so lots of long conversations will be on the list … while sewing 😄

  6. If we find space on the wall we should add our contribution as well 🙂

  7. anne54 says:

    What a wonderful time! Sewing, reading, visiting family, beaches ~ and all with John and Mouse 💜

  8. Steph says:

    The perfect holiday!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think so. And Mouse is becoming an old hand at this caravan lark, so I foresee plenty more trips in our future.

      • Steph says:

        He has the best life with you!

        The enclosure idea is inspired! It is hard to see them on-leash or in a small space all the time, though I’m sure the sleep-maestro whippets and greys are fine with it.

        We once found one super-dog-friendly place in Victoria where sites had their own little fenced yards!

      • katechiconi says:

        I’m looking forward to staying at the Pyramid Holiday Park in Tweed Heads, where there’s a fully fenced playground for the doggos! If we perfect the hound-enclosure, I’ll be sure to post about it with how-tos so other people can copy if they want.

  9. Lynda says:

    “It’s good to slow down and take it easy sometimes….”
    Yes, it is. Glad you are all having a lovely time!

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    What a wonderful trip, I can see you are all having a golden time.

  11. claire93 says:

    sounds like you’re all having a very relaxing time

  12. tialys says:

    Sounds like the perfect time you’re having – although I’m not a fan of the 6 a.m. wake up time 😴
    An enclosure under the caravan sounds like a good idea for Mouse – will that be for next time?

    • katechiconi says:

      Coming up for three months of Mouse-ownership, I’m now accustomed to the 6am start, and it does seem to give me more day to work with. The early mornings are lovely, and a much better time to do walkies now that it’s getting hotter. Down here on holiday, we have pale pink sunrise-skies, the sea is calm and all the other happy campers are still asleep, so it’s rather lovely. I think the enclosure would be for next time; if we buy one ready made it has to be ordered, so we’re looking at taking the idea and making our own version. And now doggo is fed and asleep again, and I have time to catch up online 🙂

  13. A lovely vacation for dog and humans alike. What a cozy bed for Mouse! He looks so comfy.

  14. KerryCan says:

    The dog beach sounds so great! I was at one, once, in Florida, and you couldn’t help but be happy there–so much joy for the pups!

  15. It sounds like the best vacation ever! Just relaxing and then seeing family sounds great. Looking forward to reading more.

    • katechiconi says:

      It has been a really good experience this time. I won’t make the mistake again of trying to pack in too many activities. Sometimes just sitting peacefully with some hand work and no other demands on my time is the best break! Especially with Mouse lying on my feet…

  16. Joanne S says:

    Love the V Wall. Very cool. Dogs have to be leashed at all times on our local beaches. How my pups would love running amok, unfettered. Brings a smile to my face!

    • katechiconi says:

      We have so many huge empty beaches that it’s common to have large stretches where dogs are allowed off-leash. Beaches which are commonly used are often restricted, and dogs not allowed at certain times of year. You can always look up and find dog-exercise parks and beaches here.

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