The Travels of Mouse: Pie-lows and silos

Hello again, it’s me, Mouse.

What do you think of my pun, then?  Worthy of Mum, I’d say. OK, I do probably need to explain… The Staff made a quick and efficient job of packing up on our last morning on the Gold Coast, despite the fact that it was absolutely bucketing with rain. We won’t talk about the thunderstorm the night before, OK? I was very stressed, and the less said the better.

Anyway, back to yesterday morning. The Staff had arranged to meet up with old friends of Dad’s, Uncle AJ and Aunty Margaret. Uncle AJ suggested meeting at Yatala Pies! Mum was leaping for joy (hobbling is more like it – Mum). They have an extensive menu, a large premises, drive-through service and outdoor picnic area where doggos are able to share the meaty loot with their Staffs. It’s a historic pie-venue in the area and is also known as ‘The Pie in the Sky‘ because they have a giant Pie on a pole beside the road. Mum says her meat pie was barely OK. The pastry was good, but the filling was an oniony grey slurry. Bit of a shame, considering the place’s reputation.

(However, her dessert pie was outstanding!  They do a really good apricot pie, and it was so good she made Dad buy a family sized one for them both to eat later! But it doesn’t count in the pie stakes because it’s not an actual meat pie.)

Last night we stayed in a little caravan park in Warwick and the Staff had dinner with friends. I didn’t mind, as I had ensured I was fed and given treats beforehand. The park was great, lots of bushland round the outside, loads of great smells to enjoy. I made both Mum and Dad get up in the middle of the night so I could go for another sniff!  Today we went from Warwick to St George, which is a fairly long, straight and boring drive, but there was Another set of painted silos to look at!  I’ve talked about the really nice ones at Thallon before, but there’s more of them at Yelarbon, and the subject is different. Mum had obviously listened to my art direction tips last time, as I think she made a decent job of photographing them, don’t you think?

There’s a special viewing area where you can see the silos with minimal visual interference. There’s also an information board where you can read the story. Mum started to read it, but I was more interested in sniffing stuff, so she took a photo instead.

We’re here at Uncle Jim and Aunty Shelley’s for two nights. They have a new dog called Shorty, who reminds me just a bit of my mate Diesel Dog down in NSW. Shorty is just a young girl, who is nice, friendly and polite, unlike the previous dog of the house, who followed me around and wanted to interfere with me, which I couldn’t be doing with. (Poor Ruffy died and Mouse is being rather unfeeling, but Ruffy was a bit inappropriate, poor old boy – Mum). After this, we’ll be turning northward towards home, and will be staying in two new caravan parks we haven’t tried before, so it’ll be a bit of an adventure.

Right, that’s your lot for today. I can see my bowls are waiting and it’s that time of the day, so Mum has to stop taking dictation and start my dinner. I expect the humans will be doing endless yapping tomorrow, so I shall find a spot in the sun and instruct young Miss Shorty in advanced treat-extraction techniques…

Till next time.

36 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: Pie-lows and silos

  1. Ohhhh how utterly lovely. Mum did an excellent job of the photograph of the silo … loved it 🤩

  2. claire93 says:

    sorry to hear the meat pies didn’t live up to their reputation, but food isn’t everything you know, Mouse!

    • katechiconi says:

      But, but… I am a Dog. Food IS everything! The Staff do seem to have other interests, I grant you, and I admit to a deep attachment to sleep, and zoomies, and walkies too. But for me, it’s all about the Breakfast, the treats, the snacks, the random nibblies and the Dinner 🙂

  3. I suspected as I read the post title, Mouse, the pun heralded a poor pie review. Similar to a pub with no beer, as the song sort of goes… there’s nothing so loathsome, morbid or drear than a meat pie with no meat not to mention unmet expectations. Better lucky next bakery. But the rest of your report is restorative, and it’s good to hear that Shorty is better behaved than his predecessor. Deez sends his best 🐾

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Aunty Dale!
      “There’s nothing so likely to send Mum away/ As a meat pie with filling that’s sludgy and grey’
      Shorty is a girl kelpie, and is actually very pretty, she has pale golden eyes which is very striking with her black coat. Her ears aren’t quite as large as Deez’s but there’s a strong resemblance. The silos, by the way, are really, really good!

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    I think maybe you should do a video on advanced treat extraction techniques! You sound lethal. Tell Mum nice pictures.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Cathy! No, no, treat extraction is all about being winsome, cute and adorable. You have to exude an air of needing or deserving a treat. I have a very effective line in worried/sad eyebrows, combined with slightly droopy ears. Works every time. (It does, but not because we’re fooled for a second, only because he’s aways so hopeful! – Mum)

  5. tialys says:

    We are also very good treat extractors but, unfortunately, very little human food comes our way as the staff are practically vegetarian. The odd bit of carrot or broccoli stalk is fine but we draw the line at cauliflower. The best is when the (very) occasional roast chicken dinner is made and Dad makes stock and we get the strippings from the carcass.
    Tell your staff Mum the silos look great.
    Love Stan & Flo.

    • katechiconi says:

      Gosh, that’s not very helpful of your Staff. Chicken dinner night is the best, though – I get the parson’s nose and a bit of crispy skin and the cartilage off the ends of the bones, yum! You’re’ lucky with the carcass strippings, though, Mum puts those in the soup pot for Dad.

  6. Mouse: I’m wondering if there’s a special ‘silo smell’ you sniff out during these adventures?

  7. Emmely says:

    What a great idea to paint such otherwise rather ugly silos!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello Miss Emmely! Mum says she agrees! The older silos have smooth sides and are great for painting, but some of the newer ones are made of ridged metal and aren’t suitable. A pity…. The subjects are always lovely too, Australian life and wildlife.

  8. Dayphoto says:

    I always, always, love your adventures!

  9. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Oh Mouse I think you secretly love to be on vacation with your humans, Imagine they’s let you alone at home ??!! Enjoy the rest of your trip, all of you. And give Mouse a big hug from me.

  10. Bear says:

    Lovely Silos…wish they did that here! 🙂 Sorry your meat pie wasn’t good. I’d send you my calzone… but it wasn’t that good,either. I shall report that I stopped at Animal Control office this morning to look for a furry friend to join our family (I go there, because they are a “kill” place, and I can’t bear to have that happen if I can prevent it. ) Unfortunately, they aren’t currently open to public due to covid, so I couldn’t go in to see if there were any doggies small enough to meet our housing rules. (25 lbs or less, and breed restrictions, too). They only had 1 kitty, but she was an older lady and wasn’t well. Sigh… So, that journey continues. Maybe soon, we’ll find a new furry child to join us. Hope your day with Ruffy is a good one, and that you can teach advanced treat extraction well. 🙂 ❤

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello, Miss Bear, I think painted silos are great and they should do it everywhere! I hope you find a furry companion soon, life is much nicer with a fur child to care for.

  11. Marty K says:

    I knew I liked you, Mouse! I am also fond of the Parson’s Nose and crispy skin on a good roast chicken, goose, duck, or turkey. I’m glad that you’re passing your knowledge and skills onto the next generation. You’re very generous that way. Please let your mum know that I also am most disappointed by her meat pie experience, but am glad that the apricot pie helped to make up for it. I hope your staff sees to giving you lots of nibblies for the rest of the trip (and no more t-storms!).

  12. Steph (and Shinee) says:

    Sounds like a great trip! Hope you get a good pie on the way home.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hello again! The next stop is Crow’s Nest tomorrow night, another one where we’ve never stayed, so look out for a dog’s-eye review. Not sure about pie-availability, we’ll have to see. Another thunderstorm today, so St George got two consecutive days of good rain to help with their Stage 4 restrictions.

  13. We try and try to get treats out of our Mum but she is STINGY! The cats do better than us because they can jump up on the table. Shame about the pie! And the thunderstorms. Enjoy your new playmate. We have been meeting up with a young dog called Rex but he is only being looked after while he finds a new forever home and someone was coming to collect him today. We hope the new parks are good ones. O & R

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Olive & Roo! Mum is actually pretty good about treats, but surely roast chicken is meant for Me, not people…? In which case, I should certainly get more than she doles out! Especially as Mum made human curry last night with all the rest. To be fair, I wasn’t exactly in the mood for food: there was another thunderstorm last night. I’m quite glad we’re moving on today, because the Staff say we’re heading north this time, which means Home at the end of it. Tonight is somewhere called Crow’s Nest…

  14. Well, dear Mouse, no-one could ever accuse you of not being focused on the Important Things in Life – pies, parks, doggo friends, and being Numero Uno to your mum and dad. Hope you are having cooler weather than we are right now, for sanity’s sake.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Jill, I think we must be, since the Staff appear to be as sane as they usually are (which isn’t saying much, to be honest)… Mind you, it’s still pretty hot, but that’s normal for Queensland….

  15. kymlucas says:

    Love the silos!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s becoming a serious Thing in Australia, the public art, and especially the silos. They bring visitors to areas that normally wouldn’t see a visitor from one end of 5 years to the next, they’re great for the local economy, and they’re beautiful in a landscape which often… isn’t.

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