A visual antidote to Red and Blue

We just had to get away from it.

The news is full of it. My phone feed is full of it. I keep hearing soundbites everywhere. We needed a break from the relentless meltdown. (And while I’m at it, my utmost sympathy to my US readers for having to live with the hype as well as the consequences).

We headed out for a little diversion. After a brief detour to the beachfront at Seaforth, we headed for lunch at one of our favourite places: The Old Station Teahouse. We held one of the outings of the 2018 National Rally of our motorbike club there, and it received rave reviews from the 80 members who attended.

Tasty food, whilst relaxing on the ‘platform’ of a preserved old wooden station building set down in peaceful, beautiful, tropical gardens. Birdsong. The rustle and rattle of palm fronds.

The scent of murraya and gardenia. Vines, huge leaves, brilliant flowers. You get the idea… We brought Mouse along, as he loves the place, and the staff adore him and present him with scraps of chicken, mugs of puppacino studded with flakes of beef jerky, endless strokies, and best of all in his view, permission to lie on the comfy sofa!

He took full advantage, of course. Most of the customer seating is around tables in the gardens or on the event deck. There are a couple of tables on the platform, and one three-piece suite of two armchairs and a small sofa. We got the armchairs…. of course. Mouse was ushered onto the sofa in person by the manager, from where he issued his demands requests for sustenance and we were granted an audience with His Exaltedness.

At one point, it struck me how perfectly he was placed against gorgeous bright colours. I can almost see a quilt growing from those: saffron, orange, magenta, emerald and black. Or maybe not so much of the almost!


It’s certainly more to my taste than Red and Blue just now…

52 thoughts on “A visual antidote to Red and Blue

  1. YES to a special quilt for Mouse. He looks so happy on that couch (who wouldn’t be?) and The Husband looks relaxed and happy, too. It really looks like a stunning place.
    I’ve tuned everything out, and I mean EVERYTHING. I have my doors open to the sound of lovely rain and am concentrating on keeping mental and emotional equilibrium (as far as possible, that is!).
    Love to you xx

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it should probably be a scrappy quilt, given Mouse’s bony elbows. The good doggo had a lovely visit, and left with waggy tail. Oh, lucky you: rain! Still waiting here…

  2. tialys says:

    I did read up about the ways of the US voting system once but then I put it out of my mind so now I’m oblivious to the machinations and will wait until a result finally comes in before I take any more notice.
    Those colours are lovely and beautifully set off by the glossy blackness of the indulged one.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s funny, because I’ve been looking at vaguely similar combinations for myself; not pink and orange this time, or black, but the same sort of colour family. But when I looked at the photo, the composition really jumped out.

  3. My favouritest visit ever… loved the Teahouse when we were there … thank u for taking us there. As I’ve always said … it was the BEST rally !!!!
    My Puppy looks very regal on that couch and I live the way he fills it up 🥰 His languid pose screams relaxation 🤩
    Today one year ago PC & Marian came to stay before riding to the Spirit for the Tassie Rally … how time flies !!!

  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Well done for treating yourselves. Mouse does have a way of charming people into becoming his slaves doesn’t he!

  5. Very glad for the distraction. I’m going to give myself a fresh, colorful moment to imagine this quilt-to-come.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m still digesting the idea. Scrappy would be favourite, as a way of repurposing some of those bag- and box-fuls, but I just have these blocks of saturated colour in my mind’s eye.

  6. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Your little retreat looks wonderful beyond words! I quite like the idea of your colour selection (minus the magenta on personal grounds) and look forward to seeing it progress!

    Being not ‘in it’ unless I turn on telly, I am humbled by your post, and the comments thus far. My (and the majority of us) most sincerest apologies that the rest of the world has to see and be affected. 💕💕

    • katechiconi says:

      In my turn, I apologise for the non-optional presence of the magenta! Our news channels are making a meal of your election process. I understand the epic importance of the result, and that whatever happens in the US has ramifications for everyone else, I’m just not of a political turn of mind and find the uninhibited mud-slinging and economical use of truth unappealing…

  7. Such a colorful distraction (as Laura Grace Weldon said)! Your choice of color pallet is classic Amish with a touch of 21st century contemporary…I say go for it!

  8. Dayphoto says:

    Sorry, you have to be part of the USA’s drama. But I love the colors in your last photo and I love THAT DOG!

    • katechiconi says:

      When America votes, the world watches, since the ripples spread out infinitely beyond US shores. But Down Under, we can at least distract ourselves. Mouse says he loves you too! ❤

      • Dayphoto says:

        Give him kisses on his sweet doggie nose for me please. I used to give Boomie kisses and he loved it. Would put his ears back and close his eyes. With a sweet smile on his face.

      • katechiconi says:

        Mouse gets kisses on the smooth, soft, shiny place between his ears. He smells of warm fur and happy dog. He says he infinitely prefers this photo to the ones where he’s on his back waving his legs in the air, since that gives his audience quite the wrong impression!

  9. kymlucas says:

    Thank you for the break from election news. I’ve been trying to lay low, but it’s hard! Burying myself crocheting these stars. https://persialou.com/crochet-star-ornaments-free-pattern/
    So easy and a distraction.

    • katechiconi says:

      Very pretty! Are you going to make loads and string up a garland of them, or just a few for the tree?

      • kymlucas says:

        Making loads, but mostly to give with cards, on gifts, etc. I’m sure a few will end up somewhere in our decor. Making from scraps, so qualifies for “scrap happy.” 😀 I also bought some scrubby yarn to make scrubby dishcloths. I generally buy odds and ends of yarn to crochet simple Afghan lap rugs to donate, but my usual places to do a have dried up. I finally thought to call the activity director at Mom’s place to see if she’d like for their residents. She did and seemed quite pleased so I was able to drop off six today. Very pleased about that.

      • katechiconi says:

        If you want to do a post about them (and add a bit about the afghans), I’ll happily add a link to it on ScrapHappy Day…?

      • kymlucas says:

        Maybe I’ll do that. When’s the next one? Thanks.

      • katechiconi says:

        On the 15th of the month, every month. I’ll be sending out the regular reminder tomorrow, so you have a few days to get it together.

      • kymlucas says:

        I’ll be out of town, but if I get a chance, I’ll write one and schedule it. Thanks again.

      • katechiconi says:

        No worries. Just let me know if you do, and I’ll add the link.

      • kymlucas says:

        Done and scheduled for 15 November. Unfortunately, I seem to have donated my afghan successes, so this is more a demonstration of some of my failures. 🙂 Still, they are definitely scrappy. Also included stars and link to the pattern and my first effort at making a candle from our beeswax. Thanks for welcoming me.

  10. magpiesue says:

    And I thought MY dog was spoiled! Lol! Mouse sure landed in a good household. 🙂 And yes, that last photo of His Majesty would make a stunning quilt. Thanks for the few minutes of relief and amusement. Things are starting to look up over here… at least at the moment.

    • katechiconi says:

      We were briefly surprised by the level of welcome His Majesty generated, but then realised it was only his due… He doesn’t get it at home, which is why he loves going there! Not that he’s at all deprived at home either, you understand.

  11. Marty K says:

    I’m looking for a break from the R,W&B, myself! I’m sorry for all of this (and for the past 4 years, while I’m busy apologizing).

    Yay for puppers on colorful couches! One of our hard-to-adopt shelter puppers now has her own couch as of a few days ago!

    • katechiconi says:

      Excellent news! Mouse says he’s sorry for all those doggos who have to put up with dull, drab outfits and accessories. I must say, I hadn’t realised quite how much of a fashion-hound he was…

  12. Such a lovely greenery filled reprieve. One day I’d love an excursion for that reason alone… but partaking of refreshments would be in order too. Dog friendly is good business but where they are truly welcomed makes such a difference. Mouse looks very much at home, as he should.

    • katechiconi says:

      We’ll always go there in preference to somewhere that we need to spend time apologising for the presence of our dog; you’re right, it’s excellent business. Of course, it helps that he’s quiet, well-behaved and good to look at… One day, you’ll come back up here with Deez, and the boys can flop around on the deck together while you give serious attention to some scones.

  13. cedar51 says:

    One of things I did here – has saved being bombarded – was to do AWAY with the actual television set – that usually takes up valuable space – doesn’t always used other than say the “news at o’clock.

    It was a number of years ago when NZ changed to I think digital – and mine wouldn’t work.

    I have used TV on demand ever since and that means I’m usually not really up with anything at all…

    A number of well meaning people have often offered me a TV but “nope I don’t want or need one”

    yes the newsfeed on phone is there but I swipe through it – I try to look at some news-online at least once a day, but usually it’s behind with the times or the same as the day before.

    The election system in that huge, many stated country is so far from our system in NZ which only changed in early 2000s to MMP. and of course we are only counting a very small proportion of votes – I think they said just over 1 million voted about 75% of those eligible…and one party got a clear majority (big time).

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a big topic, and it’s everywhere… I think you have the right idea with the TV. I was brought up without one, and find myself quite able to do without again, but I do enjoy some things, chief among them being Masterchef.

  14. Steph says:

    I need to start a list of NQ must-visit dog-friendly places, entirely on your recommendations!
    Our niece is moving to Babinda for her first teaching job, so we are definitely making the trip up next year (Covid permitting!).

    • katechiconi says:

      In which case, we’d love to see you on your way up if time allows. Could you maybe send me your email address and I’ll send you a list of the places we’d recommend and have used many times? We have most of the fenced dog parks between Rockhampton and Cairns saved on our satnav!

  15. Sharon says:

    It’s so exhausting here in the states and your post was a wonderful reprieve from our insanity – TY

  16. Glad to see Mouse is being treated with the attention he deserves!

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