The Travels of Mouse: High Tea

… And when I say High, I mean high up!

Mum made a booking this time, and despite a bit of sitting around waiting for the Stop & Go man at the Range roadworks, we made it to the Hervey’s Range Heritage Tearooms only 15 minutes late. Which they clearly expected. I’ve shared morning tea with the Staff before, but I must say, this one was a bit of alright! Mum’s going to put in a link to the menu, so you can see the sort of thing. I wasn’t terribly interested in her apple & cinnamon scones with butter and plum jam.

They looked OK, but not my kind of thing. I know I’m not an obligate carnivore, but I do prefer my snacks meaty. So Dad’s corn fritter stack with tomato and chilli salsa, avocado with balsamic vinegar and a side order of back bacon rashers was much more my kind of thing. Especially the baaaaacccoooonnnnn mmmmmmm. Er, excuse me, I was just having a moment there… It strikes me that the bacon was less a side order than the main feature (I mean, you can hardly see the fritters), but neither of us was complaining.

There was some debate about whether we’d make a run out to Charters Towers after that, but the Staff were feeling rather stuffed around the tummy department (no surprise there, then), and I can always use another nap, so we decided to leave that to when we’re back here on the return trip. Dad was at school there for a while, and it’s supposed to be a nice town with an interesting gold rush history, so we’ll see what it has to offer for doggos as well as the Staff. Mum did score some new fabric when we did a tiny detour via Olive Branch Quilts. She had a good old rummage in the remnants bin and came away with two bits of red and white floral prints. Good for her, so long as she doesn’t expect Me to wear them. The green bandanna is much more my style.

We’re moving on to Cairns tomorrow, so the Staff have been Putting Stuff Away, which I never like, it’s so unsettling. I made my displeasure known by taking over first Mum’s bunk and then Dad’s. There was lots of squeaking and growling about it, so I reluctantly moved on, but I feel I made my point.

Still, Road Trip tomorrow!  Always fun, so long as someone else does the work…

29 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: High Tea

  1. Robyn Nichols says:

    Seeing titles that say Mouse is vacationing always makes me smile! I look forward to each post to see what he is up to. Thank you for sharing from Mouse’s point of view!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello! Mum says I have a very distinct narrative style of my own. I’m not too sure what that means, but it’s fun to tell people what we’ve all been up to 🙂

  2. claire93 says:

    just had a look at the menu, and wondered why you didn’t try the Cat Poo coffee ^^

  3. claire93 says:

    . . . then I saw the price! $50 a cup? they’ve got to be kidding!

    • katechiconi says:

      Nope, apparently not. I did a bit of research and it seems the stuff has to be hand gathered from the forest floor and the residual poo cleaned off, etc. I’d want to charge an arm and a leg for that too…

  4. tialys says:

    Well, there was plenty of bacon to go round wasn’t there. I hope you got a decent share.

    • katechiconi says:

      It seems to me that Dad got the lion’s share… something about me needing to keep my figure and not have too much salt. Pah! To be fair, though, he’s been pretty generous with the pie samples when Mum wasn’t looking…

  5. magpiesue says:

    Mum’s apple and cinnamon scones have me drooling. You can have the bacon as far as I’m concerned Mouse. 😉

  6. Fun Yum and all of that. Glad you’re exploring and spreading your wings (so to speak) and flying High (up, as you say) out and about during these confining times…stay safe!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello! When the three of us travel, it’s *always* about food. Yes, OK, the Staff like nice views and scenic landscapes and winding roads along the coast, but ultimately, the highlight is always, always the food. And because I am a doggo, I have absolutely NO argument with that point of view. Luckily there is still plenty to see and eat on offer in this state, without lots of restrictions.

  7. All looks so good and so relaxing 😎
    Say thank you to mum for sharing the quilting place … somewhere else for me to look now 😉
    We stayed in Charters Towers a couple of years ago and enjoyed the stay there and then we moved on to a tiny place called Innot Springs…

    Innot Hot Springs
    Town in Queensland
    DescriptionInnot Hot Springs is a small town and locality in the Tablelands Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Innot Hot Springs had a population of 177 people. Wikipedia

    It was a lovely two day break there as well relaxing in the hot springs 😍
    Enjoy the road trip to Cairns… another favorite of mine ♥️♥️♥️

  8. Nom nom nom… there is consensus about your dining activities all round. I’ll be interested to see what you think about Charters Towers and to hear of do-able places… should we make a return visit.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Aunty Dale. It’s mainly a Nostalgia Trip for Dad, according to Mum, but it’s a nice country town with a gold rush history and some interesting places to visit, so I shall let you know if there are any dog-worthy spots.

  9. anne54 says:

    Mouse, it looks like the effort to get there was well worth it! I think I would have chosen the corn fritters too, especially with the side of bacon!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Anne! Dad says the fritters were very tasty, especially with the balsamic vinegar dressing on the salad – and of course, the BACON! Mum says she feels that two entire rashers of back bacon was somewhat over-generous, so it was probably just as well I was there to help out, wouldn’t you say?

  10. Steph says:

    Thanks for the vicarious pleasure of your travelogue!
    Especially the food. Shinee has a history of carsickness as so never gets fed before or during car trips, let alone samplings of meat pies and bacon!
    She will be calling the RSPCA again to report this mistreatment.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Steph, hi Miss Shinee! Car sickness must be dreadful for both of you, so I can understand withholding the meaty treaties, I suppose, but I do sympathise with Miss Shinee’s feelings on the subject. Perhaps we had better not bang on too much about the Devonshire Tea the Staff are planning on enjoying when we make our return visit to Mungalli Creek biodynamic dairy. Mum wrote a truthful but not very complimentary Trip Advisor review of their last offering, and the customer relations lady got in touch to tell her that Things Had Changed and here was a nice $30 gift voucher. So I shall be enjoying a nice biodynamic, lactose free and expertly frothed puppacino and maybe a teeny weeny bit of cheese while I’m there!

  11. Marty K says:

    Ooooh, a nice big serving of proper bacon — enough to share with a VIP (very important pup). YUM! I totally understand your enthusiasm. I love a good scone too. And to say I had the experience, I’d be willing to drop $50AUS for a cup of cat-poo-coffee. Once.

    Glad your Mum got to have some fabric fun. I could see you in a jaunty tie. Hope you all had a safe leg of the trip!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi again, Miss Marty 🙂 It was very good bacon, too, none of that watery rubbish. Mum and Dad dearly love good coffee, but couldn’t really see spending $100 for a cup each. Besides, *cat* poo. Yuck. Mum also says I can forget all about even a remote possibility of wearing the fabric she scored. Bit of a relief, actually, if I’m totally honest. It’s a bit, well, floral for my taste…

  12. cedar51 says:

    Mouse, I probably would’ve had the Lemon Meringue Pie …. but that bacon looked like a good pile with enough for you and Dad…. As for the fabric, you gotta let the staff do something outrageous with patterns occasionally…I’m pretty sure she didn’t get it for you! Checked out Charters Towers, the ghost tour could be interesting for you … I’m sure you would make sure no ghost startled the “staff” … safe travels my friend, love from Catherine in NZ

    • katechiconi says:

      Mum was tempted by that too, except that the lemon custard bit was full of milk and her tummy gets upset by lactose, just like mine. You’re right about the fabric, though, Mum has made it very clear that she has Other Plans for it. Which is fine by me! The Staff feel that a stroll down Memory Lane for Dad and a nice lunch will be about the extent of the Charters Towers experience. Except if Mum finds a fabric shop, of course…

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