Mouse’s holiday, part 4: this smells familiar…

Not that we’re home yet, but we’re getting there.

Our last day in Nambucca Heads was Friday, and we left on Saturday morning. We gave Mouse a final long walk on the beautiful Swimming Creek beach, which he greatly enjoyed. Just as we were turning off the beach, what should we see but another greyhound! He was a big boy called Bennett, a tan brindle, and at least 3 inches taller and a good bit older than Mouse, and had a thicker coat, probably due to living in a cooler climate. There was a lot of dancing about and sniffing and big greyhound grins. The greyhound parents exchanged notes…. and agreed that greys are the best doggos in the world.

We had planned an extra day and overnight stay in Tweed Heads; I thought it might be possible to catch up with a friend nearby, but she was involved in a big family weekend. I’d also hoped to pay a visit to Fifi’s Fabricology, a wondrous quilt fabric emporium just up the coast road in Burleigh Heads, but I’d failed to factor in the fact that we were staying in a different time zone, across the border, and it was Saturday afternoon, and the store closed at 4pm… never mind. I really, really don’t need more fabric. And there will be other times, and other trips. But next time, it’s fair to say that we will never, ever stay in that caravan park again. It’s directly under the take-off flight path from Gold Coast airport, it’s run down, the bathrooms are horrendous, and despite the claim of being dog-friendly, they don’t allow you to walk your dog around the park, you have to tie them up very short, failure to comply or allowing your dog to bark will get you thrown out, etc.

From Tweed Heads, we stopped en route in Beerwah to let his lordship out in the local dog park (which is lovely, by the way, lots of long grass and shade and water and seats). We were thrilled to see a group of really old cars draw up beside the people park next door, and unload a lavish picnic. There were two Model T Fords, a De Dion Bouton and a couple of really lovely old cabriolets which weren’t badged. All were sparkling, with perfect paintwork and highly polished brass and chrome.

Our route passed the Glasshouse Mountains, the main peaks of which are a group of three volcanic plugs set in an otherwise fairly flat landscape. One is slightly domed with a pointed top,Β  one is a sharply pointed cone, and one is a wonky pyramid. I only managed a shot of the first, which I think you’ll agree looks a bit strange all by itself.

Next stop was back to Landsborough Pines, and this time, we asked for the spot next to the one we had before. This time, there was no gentle rain of gumnuts onto the roof, but we did have a real life thunderstorm and rain, which the poor Mouse did not enjoy one bit, to the point where he wouldn’t eat. Gasp! Thankfully it passed over in half an hour, after which he remembered his tummy was empty. In the morning we discovered that a Purple Swamp Hen had her nest in a clump of lomandra right beside our caravan. She sat on it like a rock all through the storm and our comings and goings. You can’t really see her in the photo, but she’s that patch of darkness in the centre of the leaves. We also had a visit from friends and from the Husband’s brother and other half. We sat in the barbecue hut overlooking the duck pond, drank wine and ate cheese and crackers. It was surprisingly civilised and lots of fun πŸ™‚

On to Tannum Sands again. This time we have a spot backing onto woodland, and a joyful doggo spent a long time revisiting all the interesting smells.Β  Forewarned by our previous stay, we lashed on the mozzie repellent and appear to have escaped becoming dinner for the sandflies. Another rainshower here, but no thunder or lightning, so there was no missing dinner this time.

Tomorrow is our longest leg of the journey, and the last. We’ll be home tomorrow night and can all relax. We were afraid at the start that we’d miss out on lots of things because we had Mouse with us. It hasn’t been the case. We were also afraid he wouldn’t enjoy travelling, and again, we needn’t have worried. He hops into the car without any encouragement, settles down and goes to sleep. We’re delighted to have him along as our furry companion and he’s enjoyed the adventure (but I suspect will enjoy getting home to his usual routine even more). We’ll be back this way in February/March next year, and next time, I promise to remember my camera.

Roll on, 470km home.Β 

35 thoughts on “Mouse’s holiday, part 4: this smells familiar…

  1. Lynda says:

    Your photos were fine, but I understand your wanting to have the camera along. Although, I do like that our phones allow us to video!

    Noodle says: I don’t like the thunder either. When we have thunderstorms on the weeknights Mom has to (try to) sleep out on the couch with me so dad can get his sleep for work the next day. Mom doesn’t like it. 😬 <— Mom

    Me: Bob retires June of next year… then it will be his turn to stay up with the little dog… 😎

    • katechiconi says:

      Me too, or I’d never had caught the whale. My camera does video, but it takes too long to switch over. And Noodle, I foresee a time when the Mouse will be trotting into our room to lie between Mum and Dad because it’s crashing and banging out there. He’s a lot bigger and bonier than you…

  2. Dayphoto says:

    I’ve enjoyed every step of the way. Thank you so much for sharing with us and for the updates on Mouse!

    • katechiconi says:

      We’ll be home tonight, and I expect lots of dancing about and tail wagging. And that’s just the Husband…. Of course, there’s also lots of laundry, caravan cleaning and fridge scrubbing to look forward to, and we have to get on the road in RAIN this morning, but no-one in Australia is going to complain about rain πŸ™‚

  3. craftycreeky says:

    Sounds like you’ve all had a great holiday πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      We have, and I’m happy to learn that Mouse is flexible about accommodation so long as his bed smells right and his meals are served on time πŸ˜‰ We had a brilliant time, and a final cherry on the cake is rain in the last two days, hurrah!

  4. I’ve taken to reading your travel posts with a google page up looking at all the sites you mention. Lansborough pines is so lovely and of course I thought I saw a ‘purple chicken’ πŸ™‚ Always great to be back home and so happy Mouse got to meet up with a friend on the journey …Sharon

    • katechiconi says:

      You know, I do a fair bit of that myself, when researching our routes and planning the trips. What looks good, what haven’t we seen before, what do we want to see again… Australia is so huge and I’ve only seen a small fraction, and I do feel it makes things more interesting for readers if I give a bit more info in the form of links.

  5. magpiesue says:

    Thanks for the shot of the antique cars! I love those old restored buggies. One of my dreams is to outfit a Model T or A with batteries to make it an electric vehicle. πŸ˜‰

  6. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    It was fun to hear about your holiday adventures and to hear that big Mouse is enjoying it too.

  7. A bit of nostalgia for me… I remember the Glasshouse Mountains from a extended family road trip when I had just turned six from the Hunter Valley in NSW to a family wedding in Rockhampton, the shape of the mountains so memorable.

    • katechiconi says:

      They’ve always been just a distant sight from the Bruce Highway, so it was interesting to get a lot closer and see how weird they really are. And then of course I had to look them up and do more reading. We’ve had rain the last two nights, first in Landsborough and now in Tannum Sands. Did any of it reach you?

  8. You have certainly had a great trip. The Glasshouse Mountains would be worth my trip there. LOL!

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    Safe journey. I have enjoyed the ride.

    • katechiconi says:

      Home about an hour ago. We’re finally sitting down with a cuppa and a bickie (or three). That’s the worst of the unpacking done. Tomorrow I’ll strip the bunks and wash the bedding and clean the fridge and wipe everything down. Tonight, all three of us are knackered!

  10. KerryCan says:

    This whole trip turned out so well, given all the variables! How great that Mr. Mouse is a good traveler and fits right into your lifestyle. That one caravan park sounds so icky–how do they stay in business?!

    • katechiconi says:

      Mr Mouse is a bit of a lamb. Very obliging on trips, but so delighted to be home. He was practically cross-eyed with joy at being able to run again. As for the caravan park: lots of permanent residents, and taking the kind of customer that others wouldn’t; the guys with a big boat, the man who wants to disembowel his car, the woman with three yappy dogs, pushing them around in a stroller, the three college kids whose camper van smells distinctly…. herbal. And of course, they don’t exactly advertise the fact that you can read the plane’s registration number as it passes overhead, so on paper they sound OK.

  11. kathyreeves says:

    You had a great time, all three of you! So glad that Mouse is such a good traveler. πŸ™‚

  12. I think most dogs are terrified of thunder and lightning. Me too. πŸ˜‰ Traveling with animals calls for some adjustment but all in all, it’s usually well worth it. Glad everyone had a great time.

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