The Travels of Mouse: signs and portents

Hello, Mouse here.

Well, it’s time to leave Uncle Jim and Aunty Shelley’s in St George. It has been an interesting interlude: I was able to roam around the whole yard at will, I could snatch snacks from Shorty’s bowl when the humans weren’t looking, I helped myself to Mum and Dad’s bed while they were still in it, a rather successful experiment, and I gave Shorty an excellent example of dignified amiability, as opposed to the waggy, wriggly, licky, squirmy approach she favours. The Staff have talked and talked and are now all caught up until next time.

We had a very peaceful day yesterday (well, you did, we were both knackered from lack of sleep due to Bony Elbows arriving unexpectedly in the bed and taking up all the space – Mum). St George isn’t very big, and there isn’t a whole lot to see for doggos, although if you’re a cotton farmer it’s probably just fine!

We had a walkies along the big, brown Balonne River, which Dad says is part of the Murray-Darling River system, which means it’s important to the water supply for a lot of Australia. We went past the Case farm machinery dealer and admired a tractor with tracks instead of wheels.

Dad wittered on knowledgeably, he’s a bit of a wonk about big units, whether it’s tractors, combines or prime movers. He agrees with Uncle Jim that Big Greens (John Deere) are better than Big Reds (Case). Um, whatever….  Mum had a big snooze in the afternoon, and I helped.

And then there was Another Thunderstorm, which I told the Staff was very bad organisation on their part, as it made me very nervous and put me off my food – for a while, anyway.

The good thing about it was the huge double rainbow which came out afterwards, very bright and clear. Mum says it’s a Sign the rest of the trip will be smooth sailing and trouble free. In the evening, she took the rest of My roast chicken and made human curry with it instead of giving it to Me, which was an outrage! The humans finished it up, too, which I thought was mean until Mum pointed out it would not have agreed with me. It hasn’t been a very eventful couple of days as far as post-worthy highlights, but I and the Staff enjoyed our brief time-out 🙂

We are packing up this morning and heading for Crow’s Nest. Isn’t that a great name? We’ve never been there and don’t know what it’s like (apart from the fact that there’s a cuckoo clock museum there and Mum wants to go to the antiques shop), so we shall find out if it’s worth adding to the list of good places to stop. Same with the next two after that… but that’s a story for another day.

Right, I must get on with the important business of sleeping. The Staff have a busy couple of hours ahead of them, so I must take advantage of the peace and quiet!

More from the Crow’s Nest!

39 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: signs and portents

  1. Bear says:

    Hey, Mouse, hello from Leah Mae. You should stop by and see my first pics in my fur-ever home. Moma is quite a sight after I styled her hair which gave dado a good laugh. Moma bought me a fancy toy… But I liked the box! 😺

  2. Dayphoto says:

    Crow’s Nest! That sounds COOL! Have FUN!!!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Linda! It’s just a nice country town, but the countryside is very pretty, and we’re pretty comfortable. Off again tomorrow, but at least it’s a day closer to home and my own back yard… Mouse xx

  3. Mornings my Mouse Boy. Looks like you’ll are having heaps of fun. Tell dad Uncle J loves the tractors and stuff … we are heading off soon and I’ll post once we stop again
    We had a lovely catch up with the STOWNERS last evening but will post soon xxx

    • katechiconi says:

      Aunty Chippy! Tell Uncle J he’d love the road from Dalby to Oakey! On either side there are tractor dealers, truck dealers, used farm equipment sale yards and best of all, the graveyards of all dead trucks. Dad says one particular place is the business – you can buy an old train!! Mum says she’ll call you shortly. Mouse xxxx

  4. Jan Bell says:

    loving the blog!!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Jan, Mum says this one’s for her 🙂
      Hi Jan, glad you’re enjoying it. Mouse is always very conscientious about reporting on our trips, even if he’s sometimes a bit rude about his poor Staff! Never mind, back to sewing blogging once we get back.

  5. jmcheney says:

    Catch some zzzz’s, Mouse, whilst you can. I’m awaiting your next post from Crow’s Nest altitudes.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Judith! I’ve done an awful lot of snoozing today, so I was glad to get out and do some walkies today. This place is very nice for doggos, lots of grass, a pond, some woods and many other doggos to greet and sniff. I think the Staff think it would be a good one to come back to…

  6. Marty K says:

    I can understand your outrage at the humans commandeering your chicky-chicky leftovers. Perhaps you’ll have to show them who is boss by sharing their bed again. 😉 Glad you got some good sniffing in. I think it’s great that your Dad gave you the low-down on the tractors — you never know when you might end up having to supervise the maneuvering of one. Hope your mum’s feeling better!

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Marty! In the caravan they have two bunks, laid out in an L shape so Dad (who’s tall) can lie across the full width, instead of one big bed like at home. They’re only narrow, so I’m quite happy to stay in my own bed. Dad likes Big Things, he drives a Big Truck, but I don’t think he’ll ever get called on to drive a tractor. If he does, I’ll be sure to go in the cab with him to supervise 🙂 Oh, and Mum says her foot is much better, thank you!

  7. tialys says:

    You must tell us your strategy for claiming human bed space Mouse. Recently our staff have decided that our new living room is too small for us dogs to take up space on the one and only sofa in the living room so we have to sleep on the floor by their feet in the evenings. Can you believe it? Yesterday and today have been beautiful and sunny – we had started to think it wasn’t possible in England but now we know it is. Dad has been building compost bins out of scrap wood found around the garden and Mum says it might be his turn on Scraphappy again this month if she remembers to take progress photos. We’ve been allowed to wander around getting used to seeing people on wheels, fast legs and horses go by as well as the odd dog so that, in the summer when there might be something called ‘tourists’ we won’t bark over the gate at them all the time.
    Have a good time in the crows’ nest – we have rooks and crows but I don’t think we’d be able to get up into one of their nests. Do they build them lower in Australia?
    Flo & Stan x🐾

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi, Flo and Stan! OK, the technique: first I jump up and pretend to accept the status quo, a narrow space between Staffs. I snuggle down into it. Then I start insinuating bony feet and elbows, and dropping my head heavily onto the nearest shinbone with a clunk. Then I sigh deeply and roll over and stretch, bracing against both humans, forcing them apart. Then, the centre is Mine! Once I’m there, it’s just a matter of regular small outward adjustments until you have them both teetering on the edge whilst you lounge at your easy on the soft bit in the middle. Mum says do be sure to make your Mum get the compost bin photos, we really do need a bit more variety in the posts, not to mention some more male contributors. As for tourists, I feel you should be allowed to bark at them to prevent unauthorised parking, littering and trailing of small noisy humans.

  8. tialys says:

    Thanks for the instructions Mouse. Mum says that sounds a bit like the way Dad gets most of the bed to himself.
    She was busy pointing the camera at some wood/netting/old mulch stuff this morning so I think she might have some photos – she even took a few of us lounging around in the sunshine because, of course, who could resist?
    The locals are all country types, usually with a labrador or two,muddy wellies and 50 year old wax jackets so are all doggy people who are patient with us while we accllimatise. The tourists might not be so we need to learn some manners and fast (says Mum).

    • katechiconi says:

      Mum says “Good” about the wood/netting, and also that the technique is known to Dads everywhere! I think your best option with the tourists is to treat them with disdain, poor incomers.

  9. Mouse: just what, precisely, is a “wonk”? To my elegant and sophisticated Lancashire/South African ear, it sounds rather rude. Nobody around here uses words like that….

    • katechiconi says:

      Noun: a person who takes an enthusiastic or excessive interest in the specialised details of a particular subject or field.
      It’s nothing rude, Miss Jill. It’s not being nerdy, just a teeny bit obsessive! It sounds good, though, doesn’t it?

  10. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Hey Mouse, looks like you are having a good time over there with mum and dad, sleeping in their bed and all. I hope Crow’s nest will be a lot of fun too.

  11. St George sounds like a pleasant stopover… it’s nice to have familiar places where one so-to-speak doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel and relaxing is the order of the day. Crows Nest has an interesting ring to it.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi, Aunty Dale. Mum says: Crows Nest was peaceful, the en suites were clean and roomy, and on a longer visit we’d have visited the Curly Carrot café for dinner as the reviews are mostly very good. One thing to know in advance is that they generally restrict en suite sites to a minimum of two days. We were lucky they had one unbooked and preferred to get one day’s rental rather than none! I was sad, however, to find that the big antiques emporium has closed and the building is up for sale 😦

  12. anne54 says:

    Mouse it sounds like you have planned this holiday very well ~ places for walks and sniffs, good company, soft beds and good food (except for the chicken curry of course). And lots of good places to catch up on sleep.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi Miss Anne! I gave my travel agent (he means me – Mum) very detailed instructions about my requirements. I think she’s done an adequate job. We will be putting together a list of favourite places to stay once we get home, I think, and naturally, doggo-friendliness is top of the list! I have forgiven her the curry… she gave me offcuts of grilled steak tonight, which made up for it!

  13. Oh Mouse, I can’t believe that the Staff are allowing thunderstorms to impair your holiday… they really need to be more on the ball.

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi, Aunty Jan! I know! It’s a serious failing on their part, but then, I AM terribly sensitive… The one that came when we were at Shorty’s didn’t seem to bother her nearly so much as it did me. And to be fair, it IS storm season around here…

  14. Hi Mouse. We are not allowed upstairs at night and since an unfortunate mishap by Daz, the oldest cat, neither are the cats. However one of the reasons is that in the past, when there were no doors on in a previous house because of building work the dogs and cats she had then did what you did – exactly the same technique! – and she got fed up with falling out of bed. Orchid sleeps on the sofa with at least one cat and I, Roo, sneak up on the dining room window seat but don’t tell Mum. (she knows Roo)

    • katechiconi says:

      Hi, Orchid and Roo! Technique is everything, but generally I stick to my own beds at home. I have a whole sofa to myself in the sewing room, and another big bed in the sitting room, and I migrate between them in the night. When the Staff wake up and have their coffee, I invite myself in there and onto the bed so they can start their morning Dog Worship session, which generally ends in serious tummy tickle and all legs in the air (his, not ours – Mum).

  15. kymlucas says:

    I always enjoy hearing about your travels. Can’t wait for it to warm up a bit so we can plan some of our own!

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, of course, it’s winter up there!

      • kymlucas says:

        And hard to know what to plan with COVID and all.

      • katechiconi says:

        We’re sticking to our own state for now. It seems safest, Mum says. And not too much of a hardship either, if you see what I mean!

      • kymlucas says:

        We may end up having to do the same again this year, but I guess we’ll see. They’re offering vaccines to my age starting tomorrow, though The Engineer is younger and will have to wait. Federal guidelines were to do “essential workers” earlier, but my state is going mostly by age. Ah, well. No matter how you do it, someone would be unhappy.

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