Mouse’s holiday part 3: a whale of a good time

All three of us had fun, not just Mouse.

Yesterday, we took him to the dog-friendly section of the V-Wall Tavern, where he lay patiently on his bed in the sunshine while we snarfed our generous and delicious lunches.

Mine’s the smoked chicken caesar salad, and the Husband’s is the one with the large slice of pickled heritage beetroot on top of his steak, salad and chunky chips.

The food is even better than last time we were here, and we later learned it’s in new hands. Mouse got lots of compliments and attention on his way home, which he accepted graciously as his due…

Today, we told him he was going to catch up with his friend Diesel over in Taylors Arm.ย  He was very happy to hear it!

It’s about half an hour’s drive on winding roads, not his favourite kind of journey, but he was so thrilled to be let out of the car and allowed to run around the yard at will instead of on a lead that he forgave us, and gave his undivided attention to Diesel’s yard, Diesel’s toys, Diesel’s water bowl and Diesel’s bone. At the end, he even hijacked Diesel’s mat. A certain amount of stink-eye from host doggo ensued, but it was at least peaceful.

The blokes retreated to the shed to admire a new motorbike. I wandered around Dale’s back yard with her, admiring her lush and mostly scavenged, adopted, propagated and volunteer planting, her caged vegie garden, and the She-Shed which Wayne had constructed for her from salvaged materials.

The two of them are making a beautiful, productive and life-affirming Eden in their small back yard and I’m more than a little envious…. On to a beautiful lunch and catch-up conversation, and then it was time for us to tear ourselves away and restore sovereignty of the backyard to Diesel Dog.

We’re back down this way in February/March, so will hope to spend a few more hours with them then.

On our return, Mouse leaped onto his bed and proceeded to recover from the excitement of the morning, curled up with eyes tightly closed. The Husband took his laptop out into the shade and snoozed off and on while pretending to look at it. I took my phone and walked along to the end of the V-Wall to get some photos.

It’s the end of whale migration season here in northern New South Wales. Whales have been spotted at times all this past week, and I tootled down to the viewpoint at the end of the breakwater without much hope of actually capturing anything. And there they were, a small school of Southern Right Whales, noodling about in the clear water off the coast. They were a long way out, and when they breached or blew, it happened too fast to capture in a photo, so I turned the phone to video. The footage is too large to upload here (and I don’t have a YouTube account), but I took two screen shots from the relevant moments. Click on the photos to enlarge. Take a look at the left of the image, in the water, about a quarter of the way across the screen.

On image 1, you see the body of the whale starting to emerge from the water, and in image 2, you have the splash as he landed in the water. I’m sorry it’s so blurry, but it all happened so fast I didn’t have time to adjust the focus. I’ve seen whales a lot when I lived on this coast, but I’ve never before managed to capture it, so I’m pretty thrilled.

Tonight we caught up with friends for dinner; we haven’t seen them for well over a year, and for one pair, it’s their wedding anniversary, so a celebration was called for. We were so busy laughing and talking that I completely forgot to take photos of the very pretty venue and the gorgeous food. You’ll just have to take my word for it…

Time for a cuppa and a bickie. It’s been a very good day.


40 thoughts on “Mouse’s holiday part 3: a whale of a good time

  1. kathyreeves says:

    Mouse has truly settled into his new life as a dog of luxury instead of a race hound. It warms my heart to see his obvious happiness and contentment! What a sweet boy he is, and what great parents he has!

    • katechiconi says:

      He’s a very sweet boy, he has an interesting and varied life, but he can also be a car monster if he finds the road too curly. When that happens, he turns into a new subspecies: Rattus Baggus Doggus Flatus Killus

  2. Oh, that dog buddy! And what a trip!

    • katechiconi says:

      The only thing that concerned us about adopting a dog is that it would make our trips difficult and there would be too much we could no longer do. That hasn’t turned out to be the case so far. It’s true we eat out a bit less, and we can’t take him into National Parks, but many State Forests are still OK, and frankly, we could both use a slight reduction in the gourmandising… And we *like* staying in the holiday parks that are dog friendly, because he makes new friends there.

  3. Hi Mouse, Orchid and Roo here again. Quite a trip you are having there. Glad to hear the humans are looking after you and arranged the play date with Diesel. Sometimes keeping them entertained gets like hard work and we need to chill with our own kind. He sounds a good easy going friend to have. Hope you got a bit of Dad’s steak as well as all the compliments. Enjoy the rest of the trip.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hey Orchid and Roo! Yes, Diesel’s a good mate, and I’m looking forward to seeing him again early next year. I did get a bit of Dad’s steak, and also a tiny bit of Mum’s smoked chicken, but only after they’d finished, instead of first, as it should have been. Never mind, I’ll keep working on the training…

  4. Dayphoto says:

    Mouse seems so happy! I love the upside-down poise. And your trip…wonderful! The food looks yummy and the ocean with WHALE is very exciting for me…a landlocked farmer!

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    Whales, she sheds, friends, food, celebrations, what a truly wonderful and magnifcent day.

  6. tialys says:

    You are all having a marvellous time and I’m just a bit envious. I’m off to the U.K. for a long weekend and constant rain is forecast ๐Ÿ™„

    • katechiconi says:

      Send some rain over here. We’re waking up to smoky mornings because of fires in the bush further inland up and down the coast. There were water-bombers working while we were visiting our friends yesterday. Have a safe trip.

  7. magpiesue says:

    We’re not far from whale-watching waters but I’ve never been to see them in person. Looks like you’re having a wonderful vacation!

    • katechiconi says:

      This is one of the places where you can watch them easily from land. We don’t see them at home; Southern Right Whales don’t come that far north, and the Humpbacks do, but further out, outside the Great Barrier Reef. We’re coming to the end of the migration season, now; it’s May – November. We’re having a great time; it’s not over-planned, so there’s plenty of time to simply sit and gaze at the view!

  8. Each episode makes me want Feb/March to come around sooner. I love the relaxed pose of Mouse dear … I keep thinking of Timmy when he was younger and would jump up onto the bench outside and lie like that and promptly fall off ๐Ÿ˜„ … all my old man does now is sleep on his rug inside ๐Ÿพโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿพโค๏ธ

  9. Your whale spotting was excellent… we saw lots at the Bight… mums with calfโ€™s… spectacular sight !

  10. You have made our little place in the world look quite pretty; when I look at your pics what strikes me, and one of the things I really appreciate after a few years living here is that scavenged, propagated etc garden, shed, cage has been much aided by our small but growing -in both sense of the word- community… we like to call it community-sustainable lifestyle rather that self-sustainable… I was delighted to see that slice of pickled heirloom beetroot in pride of place on the plate… after you left yesterday our local produce swap-pickup yielded me a bunch of the same grown by our neighbours who supply the tavern.
    It was lovely to see you both, and Mouse… Deez despite the stink-eye doesn’t share his mat, etc with just any dog… I was happy that Mouse felt so at home that inbetween exploring he managed to nap, and gnaw on one of Deez’ bones in the backyard.
    Your visit got a conversation happening about future travel plans… when our next caravan finds us its -as you call it- shakedown trip will see us heading north.

    • katechiconi says:

      So far, our community food swap has been only one way, towards us, but once the bananas ripen we’ll be able to return the favour, and once a vegie garden is on the way, I’m sure we’ll be swapping out of that too, as well as eggs. It was really good to catch up, Mouse would like to express his appreciation after I had a word with him about hogging all Diesel’s stuff, and we all look forward to welcoming you up here once you’re rolling stones again. Meantime, I’ll see you early next year when we’re down this way again.

  11. anne54 says:

    So lovely to see you all at Dale’s house! that’s pretty special. And a whale too….

    • katechiconi says:

      Always a treat catching the whales, and it’s not often you see a breach. Lots of spouting, and the occasional back curving up out of the water. I think this was a young, exuberant one!

  12. Terri says:

    Looks like Mouse has taken you on a wonderful vacation. How exciting to see the pod of whales!! Enjoy the rest of your travels.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, that Mouse certainly knows how to organise a holiday. But he’s always careful to bring along the staff to cater for his meals and personal comfort ๐Ÿ˜‰ The whales were a lovely bonus. We’re homeward bound now, with the forecast of storms on our way to add excitement… not.

  13. KerryCan says:

    You’ve packed a lot into this trip–you’ll need to rest up when you get home! It does all sound idyllic . . .

    • katechiconi says:

      Not really, compared with earlier trips. We’re both rather well rested and chilled. There was a lot of snoozing and gentle hand stitching and reading and listening to stuff and strolls with Mouse. He has added a different flavour to the proceedings which is to our benefit.

  14. Steph says:

    Such a lovely holiday!

    When you do a tour with a grey/whippet celebrity royal, you have to accept a lot of adulation from adoring new fans!

    • katechiconi says:

      And a few dogs with delusions of adequacy who suddenly realise that actually, they are not the lords of creation. The sighthounds are…
      It’s rather funny: “BARK! Bark! bark… oh….”. We met another grey on the dog beach yesterday, a taller, older brindle guy called Bennet. Beautiful, but fluffier (perhaps due to living in a cooler climate) and the poor boy’s teeth were not too good. They had fun together ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. My sister’s much larger dog used to claim my little pup’s bed anytime they were in the same space. What is it that demands that action? Always made us laugh but my little one just looked forlorne. ๐Ÿ™‚ It sounds like a perfect day all around.

    • katechiconi says:

      Diesel is a smaller dog, but very chunky and active, so if he hadn’t been such a good host, the cheeky Mouse would have been seen off in short order. Mouse just thinks everything good in life is meant for him, he’s a very entitled doggo. On our way home now; he can sleep in his own bed and zoom around his own back yard on Tuesday night.

  16. I am a little envious of Dales garden too and that she shed with the stained glass – wow – love the top envious…we have whales here on the nw coast in the states and they are so fun to spot. Enjoying every moment of your shared adventure with you ๐Ÿ™‚ keep the posts coming and safe journeys ~ Sharon

  17. Lynda says:

    Like everyone else, I too am loving the garden and she shed. But those whales! I used to occasionally sight dolphins racing off the coast of California, but never did catch sight of a whale. What fun!

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