The Travels of Mouse: north to the sun #6

Well, it rained off and on all day yesterday. I can’t imagine what the Staff were thinking.

I mean, the point of the holiday was winter sunshine, so rain was very inconvenient and not well arranged. Still, we did manage some enjoyment. I got a few walkies in, although no big runs in a dog park on account of “not getting himself completely muddied up”. I was a Very Good Boy and held still while Mum got an ouchie out of my eye, which was all mucky. And as a reward, we went back to Vines and I got another puppaccino – and it wasn’t even my birthday!

The Staff made a huge sacrifice and forced down some coffee and cake whilst we sat in the shade area outside, surrounded by enormous tropical stuff. It’s all leaves to me, but Mum made a big song and dance about the flowers, ooh, aaah. The little trickling fountain was nice, though, even if I wasn’t allowed to have a drink there…

I did a lot of snoozing. Dad stuck on some headphones and pawed at his black plank thing. Mum messed about with fabric and took me for walkies. And then the final outrage: she baked and there was None For Me. Apparently, she’d been inspired by the cake she had at Vines. She made cupcakes with pineapple and banana and chocolate chips. I offered to help lick the bowl and the spoons – you know, the Mouse Pre-Wash Cycle – but my helpful offer was refused. I also didn’t get any bits once they were baked. I just don’t understand… They had banana in them. Obviously they were for Me!

(Note from Mum: I had to make do with what I have in the caravan pantry: 2 cup self raising flour, 2 eggs, 1 small very ripe mashed banana, 1 cup dark brown sugar, 1 x 445g/15 or 16oz can crushed pineapple with the juice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips. Mix it all just enough so there’s no visible flour left, dollop into a well-greased muffin pan – I use silicone in the caravan because you can roll it up to fit in a small space – and bake for 20 minutes at 160°C/325°C)

Mum says she’s assembled the two rows of hexies she committed to at the start of the trip, and now just has to sew them onto the main piece. Whatever. It all sounds like blah blah blah to me. OK, that’s mean, but sewing is time she could have spent stroking me… Anyway, she’s bustling about now opening and closing lockers, which can only mean one thing.

We’re on the move again.

34 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: north to the sun #6

  1. Your mum and dad did the sensible in the event of rain things… kept up their coffee&cake and r&r levels… ahhh needs must. I hope the sun’s out for you today.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Aunty Dale. It’s still gloomy, there’s a high level front moving down the tropics, according to the weather man. We passed through Cardwell again today, and this time, Mum gave me some pie! I didn’t fancy the apple pie they had in Ingham, though… I got chicken jerky instead! We’re in Townsville tonight, then home tomorrow night. It’ll be fun to have my own back yard to run in again.

  2. Dayphoto says:

    All those lovely red tropical flowers are so perfectly your Mum!

  3. anne54 says:

    How disappointing to have rain instead of sunshine, but at least there was cake ~ for some!

    • katechiconi says:

      Mum knows I feel deprived, so I’m enjoying some doggo cookies she made from crunchy peanut butter, almond meal and egg. I’m not allowed many of them, though…

  4. Marty K says:

    Hopefully, the puppaccino helped to make up for the lack of zoomies and rubbins. I can see why your mum wanted a mud-free Mouse — those two hexie rows are beautiful! I’m sure that you were a big help, even if you could only provide moral support to The Staff.

    • katechiconi says:

      Mum does have a point: my feet are equipped with built-in racing spikes, and I do tend to pick up a lot of grass and mud when I really run. Sometimes my feet look like I’m wearing furry green slippers… I’ve had a zorsting day today, supervising Dad from the back seat of the car and snoozing, so it’ll be an early night for me.

  5. kymlucas says:

    Sounds like you three are having a lovely trip!

  6. Sorry Mouse… got caught up with stuff … safe journey back home … looks like you had a lovely time.
    Next time you are in Cairns hopefully me and uncle Jonathan will be able to come and meet up with you. Fingers crossed.
    Mums Hexies are beautiful as usual and waiting to see the finished product.
    Mum‘s recipe has been posted with good timing as I’m planning on making that this weekend. Will make a change from the usual walnut muffins or lemon cake orange cake.
    Tell mum to post on the journey home as well if she can and will definitely check with you once you get back home.🤗🤗

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Aunty Chippy! We’re in Townsville tonight, halfway home, and I’ll be back in my own back yard tomorrow night 🙂 Mum says she’ll have those hexies attached to the main piece by the end of tomorrow, ready for Saturday’s DfG session. She also says you should put in another small banana for better flavour, and they get a nice crispy chewy top, not cakey like ordinary muffins. I think you can expect a F/T on Friday or Saturday! Mouse xxxxx

      • Hiya Mouse … glad u are resting in Townsville for the night.
        I shall remember to add an extra banana as mum said.
        Tell mum I’ve finished the FMQuilting on my Hanky Quilt and now only need to bind the edges…
        FaceTime is always good … I’ve got a hair appointment tomorrow at 1 so I think Saturday would be better … hugs to mum & dad xxxxx

      • katechiconi says:

        OK, Aunty Chippy, I’ll let Mum know. I’ll have a busy afternoon on Friday checking everything when we get back… I think Mum may be going to Days for Girls on Saturday morning, so maybe Saturday afternoon might be best to talk to her. Nose boops, Mouse xxx

      • Okies …. Saturday afternoon sounds excellent xxx

  7. Rain is certainly an inconvenience on holiday. Getting all muddy can be fun but not in the eyes. Things made from what is on hand is always a surprise and very interesting. Nothing with chocolate is good for dogs even if it has bananas in it. Keep on enjoying..

  8. Rain naps – they’re the best, I’m with you there, Mouse.

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    Humph, black mark for the staff on the rain and the no muddy walks thing- you could have been washed in that fountain- hope the move proves more satisfactory to me. I’m impressed at the very thought of caravan baking.

    • katechiconi says:

      Mum says if I’d washed my feet in the fountain we’d have been thrown out of Vine and would never be allowed back, which is Not a Good Thing. Mum says she keeps flour, sugar and eggs in the caravan on every trip, and the rest is just whatever she finds at the back of the cupboard!

  10. Hi Mouse, glad to hear you made the best of a rainy day. We thought you were supposed to get muddy! That’s what the blankets in our beds are for – to rub it off on! And if we still aren’t quite clean we rub on the furniture until we are. We never get cake but if Mum bakes muffins in paper cases we sometimes get the empty case to chew. You will have to make a very thorough inspection when you get home to make sure everything is as it should be. Enjoy the zoomies in your own garden (that’s what we call a back yard here – a ‘yard’ is a word usually kept for a paved enclosed area – very boring. It took us a while and an explanation from Mum to know you had a proper place to run and we felt quite sorry for you).

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi again! Oooh, if I ran about in the garden I’d be in trouble, it’s the bit where things are planted, Down Under, like flowerbeds and vegie gardens. The yard is the open bit. Mum asks me nicely to stand still so she can clean my paws after we’ve been out in the wet and the mud, and now I do it automatically and lift my paws when she asks, because I get a nice treat afterwards! I shall enjoy checking the boundaries and sniffing things and saying hello to young Rocket next door and flinging my toys around. It’s so good to get home, even though I have lots of fun travelling with Mum and Dad.

  11. tialys says:

    We have the pre-wash cycle here too, Flo is quite good at it. At least when it rains on the last day of a holiday it doesn’t make you feel quite so bad about going home. Safe journey.

    • katechiconi says:

      We’re home at last, and it’s good to be back. Mouse is happily asleep on his proper bed after a blissful hurtle around the back yard, rediscovery of a forgotten bone, several snacks and superintending the unpacking of the caravan. Oh, and a couple of chunks of my pie at lunchtime. He deployed his ‘Weapons-Grade Ultimate Sad-Eyes’ and I was powerless to resist… I’m considerably less cheerful; it rained last night and when I was walking him in the dark at 6am, I slipped in a patch of mud and landed hard on my knees. One is fine, the other is horribly scraped and bruised and has stiffened up delightfully.

      • tialys says:

        Oh no! How is it now? I don’t think of Australia having mud. We are blissfully free of it here as we are on steep land so it doesn’t get that muddy – I have memories of dog walking in England where the majority of walks were muddy ones and the dogs had to be hosed down and towel dried afterwards, especially when we had a golden retriever because they love to collect mud on purpose. I see a glimpse into my future.

      • katechiconi says:

        No, I don’t visualise mud here either, which means it’s always a nasty surprise! It was invisible in the darkness, and I was wearing Crocs. The caravan park was tarmac, but some soil had leaked out of an adjoining lawn and of course I had to pick that spot to step on. Mouse has a distinct advantage in having almost no coat; no hosing needed, and his paws are not fluffy, he has long elegant ‘fingers’. I’m looking forward to proper morning walks again, now that we’re home.

  12. cedar51 says:

    You can see Mouse, I’ve got behind with your adventure, and now it appears you are all home…doing the home things. Take care, stay safe…

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello there! Well, I’m doing all the usual things: sniffing, sleeping, scoffing, snoozing…. Mum is dealing with an enormous pile of laundry… Dad is online, looking for toys to buy for the caravan. So, no change there, then.

  13. Joanne S says:

    Sounds like you had a grand adventure!

    • katechiconi says:

      We all did, but Mouse is glad to quit the Special Correspondent role for a while and just be a doggo, thinking of nothing but snoozes, food, strokies and walkies….

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