The Travels of Mouse: Full day, full belly

Well, we certainly packed in the activities today.

And, as Mum has pointed out, we also filled our tummies to the point of needing a bit of a lie-down. Today was the day we went back to Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy. After a sad experience last time, Mum had been having some email conversations with Michelle, the marketing lady at the Dairy. So we went back this morning and the Staff had an absolutely delicious morning tea of scones, rainforest jam and thick lactose free cream. And naturally I had my usual! So yummy was it all that the Staff bought takeaways: LF heavy cream, creme fraîche, banana choc chip ice cream and espresso ice cream. I can’t help noticing that none of these delights appear to be designed with Me in mind…

We took a fairly scenic route home, across the Tableland via Mareeba, and took the curly-wurly Gillies range down the mountain, one of Dad’s favourite motorbike rides. It’s not my favourite mainly because of all the bends, which I find unsettling, and the Staff were lucky I didn’t make my displeasure smelt felt.

We took a short break from zooming around so that I could snooze and the Staff could have a drink and catch up with a few things. And then Mum said why didn’t we go up to Copperlode Dam? This is one of the main water-storages for the city of Cairns, and is a natural bowl in the mountains above the city which has been converted into a dam, or reservoir. It’s also known as Lake Morris.

Mum also saw a sign about the gigantic electricity towers on the mountain.

At 75m (250ft) high, they were built extra tall to keep the wires clear of the rainforest canopy with minimal environmental impact and placed so that they can be serviced without disturbance to the local ecology. Where this is not possible due to location, the towers have a landing pad built into the top of them so that the repair crew can be flown in by helicopter without touching the ground. Isn’t that good?

The views from the 16km (10 mile) road up the mountain are amazing, says Mum. You can see all of Cairns laid out below, surrounded by rainforest which sweeps on up the side of the mountain. I didn’t like the road much, too much sliding about in the back of the car. Would this wiggly road torture never end…? I’m talking to you, Dad!

The last part of the day was all about Me. And about time too. We went to Goomboora Park, which is a large mixed leisure space, combining rainforest, creek and open grassland where families and children and Staff with their doggos can all go to have fun.

There are barbecue areas, a shallow creek where children can swim and doggos can join in and paddle, open grass where doggos can run about, socialise with their friends, chase balls and retrieve things, and Staffs can stand about and chat or sit at tables. It’s wonderful, and the only downside is that it isn’t fenced, so the Staff are concerned about letting me off the leash in case I get over excited and disappear into the distance before they can call me back. I think I may be able to persuade them to start small and work up to longer periods off leash. It all looks too much fun to miss out on…

Blue Quandong (Elaeocarpus angustifolius). The fruit were lying around everywhere. They look artificial, don’t they? You can eat them, but they’re a bit tart, so best made into jam or pickles, etc, apparently.

Mum says she hasn’t retouched the colour of this image at all, that’s the true colour.

There was curry for dinner for Mum and Dad. It smelt interesting but not altogether enticing, something a bit too exotic there for me, although the humans woofed it all down like they were worried about where the next meal was coming from. Also, it was not photogenic, according to Mum, so no, there won’t be a photo of that.

All in all, it was a great day, but very busy and I’m rather glad we don’t have so much planned for tomorrow.

I’m tolly, tolly zorsted.


37 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: Full day, full belly

  1. Ohhh such fun Mouse & I can imagine you being completely zorsted !!! Well it’s rest day tomorrow as mum said so that’s awesome.
    The lookout over Cairns is very beautiful and we stopped there going up the dam and back down again. As I keep saying I love cairns and will definitely visit again soon 😍🤩
    Have a good sleep tonight and give mum a hug from me ♥️

  2. I suspected before but Blue Quandong makes it more obvious — you get to live in Dr. Seuss land!

    • katechiconi says:

      Australia has *the best* names for creatures and places: Quokka, Spangled Drongo, Tree Kangaroo (yes, really!), or The Bungle Bungles, Wooloomooloo, Lovely Bottom and Poowong.

  3. tialys says:

    I don’t know about Flo and Stan but I’m definitely with you on the bendy roads 🤢
    Love the look of the Blue Quandong.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello Aunty Lynn, it’s not so much that I get car sick, it’s all the sliding about. So undignified! Those quandongs look like little blue rubber balls, don’t they?

  4. Blue Quandong! Great fruit – great colour – great name!

    • katechiconi says:

      Mum says they’re a traditional bush food. I had a sniff, but they don’t seem very interesting to me – although the fruit bats and birds seemed to like them a lot!

  5. Sandy says:

    Blue Quandong……..I can’t quite believe it is safe to eat! I would love to try it someday. Glad you are having such a lovely holiday!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello Miss Sandy, they’re quite safe, just not very interesting, being a bit acidic and short of flavour, says Mum. It was a big day yesterday, and I’m still rather zorsted this morning, so I think we’ll be lazing about today (well, YOU certainly will – Mum), which suits me fine 🙂

  6. kymlucas says:

    What a beautiful trip!

  7. magpiesue says:

    Blue fruit! Who knew! So glad you didn’t lose your breakfast on those wiggly roads. You are to be commended for your restraint. 😉

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Sue, I thought so too! Hopefully there won’t be any more of that today. We have all sorts of strange flora and fauna here, although that blue really is pretty bright, isn’t it?

  8. Another day in FNQ paradise! You guys are doing a good job checking out all the cool places 👏

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Aunty Dale, we’re trying to keep our travelling friends in mind when we look for things to do. Deez would really love that park, you and Uncle W would love the Dairy Café, Mum says. The curry was pretty great too, apparently: Tandoori Nights on Sheridan Street.

  9. Marty K says:

    Mouse, please thank your Mum for adding in the linky-link for the Blue Quandong. I fell down the rabbit hole of learning more about the whole Elaeocarpus Genus and then the plight of the Spectacled Flying Fox/Spectacled Fruit Bat. Fascinating. (I also think that some jewelry that my cousin brought back from Australia many, many, many years ago is made from some sort of Quandong. I need to take a closer look, but that would be a very cool thing, indeed!)

    Glad your paw is on the fast mend and your belly is full and suitably rubbed. Also glad that you didn’t lose your…um…dignity on those curvy roads. That might have been a bit much for your Staff.

  10. anne54 says:

    Hi Mouse, tell your Mum that I stewed quandongs and had them over ice cream. Delicious! They were the red ones. Yesterday sounds ike an excellent one for humans, but maybe not for dogs. I am glad that today will be more focused on you!

  11. nanacathy2 says:

    Wow- now that’s what I call a golden day- wonderful.

  12. You are having a really good holiday Mouse. But we know what you mean about wiggly roads. There are a lot of them around here and it is hard to stop yourself sliding around – very hard to sleep through! For some reason bike riders like them – they are welcome to them we say! WE are kept on the lead too if there are no fences which is very boring. Mum says Roo would probably come back but Orchid might never be seen again! You will have to convince them.

  13. cedar51 says:

    the only thing I can’t see in your wonderful trip report is the quilting store! But I guess that’s coming ….

  14. Geri Lawhon says:

    Great trip, thanks for sharing it with us.

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