The Travels of Mouse: Smells familiar!

We’re here again!

I do like revisiting familiar places and persuading the Staff to let me make a thorough inspection of all the places I sniffed before! Anyway, I shall start at the beginning…

Because were were only going 300km or so yesterday, Mum and Dad didn’t need to pack up in a great rush in the morning to get away early. A fact I appreciate because it means I spend a bit longer lounging in the air conditioned caravan instead of in the car waiting for them to hook everything up. And I get a decent walk after breakfast instead of having my, ahem, inspection and evacuation rushed. So, it was Ingham for the first stop, and Fiori with Love, mentioned in an earlier trip report for the great coffee and lumberjack cake, and let me just say, very agreeable puppacino.

It’s so much nicer when they don’t make it so hot that I have to wait for it to cool enough for me to drink. Of course, the Staff tore into portions of cake, and Mum actually had hazelnut hot chocolate rather than coffee, although how she can drink that stuff is beyond me. I mean, it’s actually toxic to doggos. Humans showing off how tough they are, if you ask me…

So, onward to the next food stop, which is traditionally Cardwell. On the way into town, Mum tentatively suggested they might consider mud-crab sandwiches (a local speciality) instead of a pie, but Dad held out for the meaty option, which I heartily endorsed. Mum was overruled… (I’ll get my way one of these days – Mum). You don’t need me to tell you that the pies were up to scratch, but I did feel the need to check in case anyone had dropped their pie – in the interests of tidying up, you understand.

And finally, we were in the home stretch. I made a point of keeping the Staff to their assigned tasks by supervising from the back seat. I felt they were getting too interested in the talking book they had playing rather than giving me strokies and passing back snacks and treats. Still, we got to Cairns nice and early, my enclosure was set up, my bed was put out and the Staff sat outside in the shade with me, with Mum messing about with that fabric stuff and Dad bashing away at his plank thing with his front paws. A pleasant evening all round, a spot of dinner (curried lamb with coconut, chana dal, vegetables and flatbreads for the Staff), a nice walk around the park sniffing all the corners and leaving comments myself, and so to bed.

But in the morning, O Drama! The coffee machine isn’t working! Apparently this is a Staff Catastrophe and requires immediate action as soon as the shops open. I can’t see what the fuss is about myself, except that the Staff function a whole lot more efficiently with a cup of that stuff inside them. There are also some groceries required, including food for Me, which is obviously vital! So long as a run to the dog park is included in the morning’s expedition, I shall be content. Mum says she also has to make dog soup and do laundry (why humans wear clothes is a perennial mystery to me), and Dad is going to put out some side awnings to keep out the hot afternoon sun.

So, that’s the Staff activities sorted out. I shall catch up on my important beauty sleep.


51 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: Smells familiar!

  1. Mouse please tell Mum and Dad this is torture… I can live without a vicarious pie -I hope it was darn good- but I have in the past enjoyed immensely the thought of their Cardwell crab sambos until the G.O., Deez and I get there to taste them for ourselves. And, no coffee… omg disaster… get thyselves to a cafe by quickest means, and rectify the issue by any and every.

    • katechiconi says:

      Mum says they’ve had a couple of varieties of crab sanga, some more interesting than others. Mum says they’ll take hot sauce, lemon and chopped gherkin next time, in case it needs a bit of spicing up. Oh, and hollandaise sauce. The coffee scenario was a bit dodgy for a while, until we went to a nice café this morning, and then on to somewhere Dad could buy a new coffee machine. I infinitely prefer the Staff with a couple of coffees safely under their belts…

  2. OMG … No coffee machine … this is definitely NOT good. Maybe time for a new one 🤩
    Loved the dinner your mum and dad had last night … would like to know how mum cooked the channa dal … I’ve got a very nice Bengali Channa Dal recipe which I can share with mum. I’ll send her the recipe if she wants.
    We stopped at Cardwell on our travels as well but only to take pics of the lovely place as lunch was already sorted at the back of the car 🚘
    Can’t wait for your adventures in Cairns 😍

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, Aunty Chippy, it was very distressing this morning… for Me. The Staff were all twitchy! Mum says the channa dal was with panch phoran, coconut cream and toasted coconut chips for texture contrast, added after the chickpeas were tender and the sauce thickened. But she’d like your recipe too, please, and says the next time you go through Cardwell, blow the lunch at the back of the car, dig out the sriracha for Uncle J and treat yourself to some lovely crab.

      • Your recipe sounds very much like mine … except for the coconut cream I use a bit of sugar … but I’ll send u the recipe I have :))
        Unfortunately I can’t have anything with shells as I’ve become allergic since starting my RA meds … which is heartbreaking as I make a mean prawn curry and a spicy gravyed crab curry to have with South Indian Idli’s 😍. It used to be a regular menu item for weekends for us 😥

      • katechiconi says:

        Oh no! What deprivation. I do feel for you, it’s hard when you have to miss out on a whole food group. For me, not being able to have ice cream is very difficult.

      • I know … I do suffer and hate not having to indulge like I used too… but I’d rather stay away from pain and inflammation 😥
        Poor J also doesn’t eat as he says it’s no fun eating alone. But when u visit I will make the crab curry with idli’s for all of you 💝

      • katechiconi says:

        One day… when things are a little more normal again. 🙂

      • Sorry I had replied to you yesterday but didn’t press send 🤦‍♀️

  3. jmcheney says:

    Great report & travel writing, Mouse. You have made me very curious to taste a Cardwell mud crab sandwich, should ever the fates allow. Meanwhile it makes me long for our own soft shell crab & remoulade on a baguette, or crab louie salad, or some grilled octopus. But right now I have a tummy full of beef barley soup I spent all this dark & grim rainy afternoon concocting for the family (who declared it divine) so all’s well that ends well. And it’s almost time for my 700th viewing of tonight’s episodes of As Time Goes By & Midsomer Murders on our PBS from the BBC here in our early autumn. They never get old ~ I laugh my head off every time at Lionel & Jean’s & Alistair’ & Mrs. Bale’s & et al’s perfect comic timing & never can remember who- dunnit before. Do you all watch these wonderful old shows on your telly? I look forward to your next report. Judith in NC, USA

    • katechiconi says:

      Mum says if she ever wins the lottery, she’s heading to South Carolina for a Low Country Boil. It sounds painful and uncomfortable to me, but apparently you can eat it! We have all those TV shows on some of our channels, but Mum likes watching Poirot or Miss Marple, or better still, HGTV Home Town. It makes her laugh every time Ben says “Dang!”
      Tomorrow we’re probably lazing about, but on Tuesday we’re going up to the Tableland to use our Mungalli Creek gift voucher, and Mum will get the first jam, cream and scones she’s had in *ages*. I expect great things!

      • kymlucas says:

        Was lucky enough to take part in a seafood feast at Chincoteague, Virginia once, with crabs fresh from the bay, boiled and dumped on newspaper in the middle of the table, with corn on the cob, boiled potatoes, melted butter, and chicken. It was amazing and probably very similar to a low country boil.

      • katechiconi says:

        Sounds pretty similar, especially if there was a fair bit of Old Bay in there too… Sounds like my idea of heaven.

      • kymlucas says:

        It was delicious. Ruined me for crab forever.

      • jmcheney says:

        Hey, Mouse~ tell your Mum that low country boil is just fabulous. I went to a low country boil party late last summer up here in the hills. I loved it & tried to recreate it later. Mine was good but I think it’s helped by having a gathering, a big fire & a huge boil. Gumbo, a famous stew in New Orleans (full of crayfish (pron. crawfish), shrimp, crab tomatoes, okra &…) is another huge treat, as is fish boil (with whitefish -from Whitefish Bay- & potatoes up in Door County, Wisconsin). These are all delicious American local specialties visitors shouldn’t miss. I love Poirot & Miss Marple too & Inspector Morse! & I did love Dr. Blake too. Thank you for sharing your adventures, especially your dining pleasures. Happy travels, Mouse, to you & the Staff.

      • katechiconi says:

        I must say, Miss Judith, that your descriptions are making me a bit hungry… (nothing new there, then – Mum).

  4. Robyn Nichols says:

    Each time I see Mouse’s name in the title, I know I am going to have something to smile about! Please keep going on vacations and keep his commentary going!

  5. Marty K says:

    Glad you got your puppaccino, but sorry about the other coffee drama. Hopefully, the Staff have it sorted. 🙂 Also glad you were able to take lots of time for your morning ablutions. ❤️

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi, Miss Marty! The Staff do have it sorted, thank goodness. There was a lavish brunch session and we also had time for me to have a good run, for Mum to have a nap and for Dad to buy a few toys for the car. It has been a good day!

  6. I love your dog’s-eye view of the world, Mouse 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Jill! Is there any other way to see the world…? I suppose the Staff do occasionally have a valid point, but I really can’t understand why I can’t use all three bunks instead of just mine, why it’s a problem if I want to go in and then out again 5 minutes later, and why their breakfast occasionally looks and smells better to me than mine does. But there, they can’t help it, they’re just humans…

  7. Emmely says:

    It sounds like a very good trip!

  8. tialys says:

    Mum says she would feel the same if the P.G. Tips ran out. However, she might become a convert to coffee as, apparently, the kitchen in the new house has a built in coffee machine. Dad is suitably impressed but Mum says it’s probably just one more machine to malfunction. There’s no pleasing some humans.
    Keep on sniffing,
    Stan 🐾

    • katechiconi says:

      G’day, Stan! Golly, a built in coffee machine. How do they take it travelling, then…? Dad would be pretty upset if the tea ran out too, I must say, but not as upset as he gets without biscuits. Keep your Staff up to the mark, Stan me old cobber.

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    Dog Soup? I do hope that means soup for you and not soup made from dog?

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s soup for the dog… Pumpkin, sweet potato, spuds and carrots, cooked till soft and blitzed. He gets a scoopful of warm soup over his meat and kibble to make it more interesting and up his vegie intake. If he doesn’t get it, I get looks of accusation and the insinuation that I’m starving him! Mum.

  10. Sharon says:

    You’re doing an awesome job with the travel log Mouse. The lumberjack cake look delish and Mom made some great soup for you! Keep enjoying your vacay 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello Miss Sharon! The soup was certainly tasty, but I don’t do cake. I’d like to try, but it would have devastatingly unfortunate results at the opposite end, so perhaps I’ll stick to my savoury diet…

  11. “Staff Catastrophe” indeed! Please tell me they got it sorted out! You need a happy staff to attend to your needs!!!!

  12. Dayphoto says:

    NEWS!!! News used to be my most favorites thing in the whole world also. Enjoy. Boomer

  13. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Oh Mouse you are such a lucky dog !!

  14. anne54 says:

    Mouse, I am pleased that you have the Staff so well trained. Good job! I am loving your travelogue, especially the descriptions of food (human food that is!).

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello Miss Anne! Mum says we are all concentrating too much on the food, to the detriment of our waistlines. I do feel the Staff have more of a problem in that area than I do…. Still, food is one of life’s great pleasures, and the thought of bacon does make me smile and wag my tail.

  15. cedar51 says:

    oops, didn’t see this post Mouse, now I understand why a coffee machine was to be purchased. I had thought it had been left behind…but I see not!

    I used to drink a lot of coffee, but somewhere in this rat-arse year I’ve semi gone off it and I’m a hot chocolate kind of gal! Currently out of my very best hot chocolate brand, but I’ll survive with a mixture of other brands…

    • katechiconi says:

      Mum likes a good hot chocolate too, and is quite discerning for a human. She hates it when the brew is too weak and milky, and recommends a hazelnut shot in it if such a thing is available!

      • cedar51 says:

        Mouse, thank Mum for the tip on the shot…and yep, I hate them when there is only a smidgen of chocolate taste which does seem to happen with all the extra milk they love to add…

  16. The life of Mouse seems a great deal smoother than life here in the bursting pustule that is the U.S. right now. I’m sort of wishing I were in the back seat along with Mouse.

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