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The Travels of Mouse: sun, sand and Mini-me

Hello people, Mouse here

Some of you may be wondering why the silence over the past few days. Well. Mostly it’s because we’ve been very, very idle, which is how I like it, but also because the phone reception here isn’t very good; we’re at the bottom of a cliff and behind a dune, which make for peace but not many bars of signal, so downloading images takes a long time.

This holiday park is lovely. It’s shady, very quiet (apart from a muffled roar from the surf behind the dune and butcher birds singing), and roomy. The bathroom is huge and clean and modern, which is nice for the Staff, and there are plenty of grassy bits for me to use. I do have to share the amenities with some rather larger permanent residents, most notably a 1.2m long goanna, who strolls around like he owns the place. Most uncouth, but I’m steering clear. I don’t do reptiles…

I have a choice of walks, but I do enjoy the sandy path up and over the dune and onto the beach. The sand here is squeaky!  Dad says it’s because of the high levels of silica. Even my paws make it happen, not just big human feet. I’ve told Mum to put in a YouTube link to show you what it sounds like. It’s nice white sand, very, very fine and it just drops off my paws so I don’t walk it into my floof (or the caravan, thankfully – Mum).

Anyway, the other day the Staff did Shopping and Laundry, which is boring, and yesterday we went to Valla Beach and had lunch at Nourish Café and Grocer, which is not: I got bits of both their lunches: salmon from Mum and burger and cheese from Dad. Mum says it was yummy and worth a mention here because the tables on the front verandah are dog friendly. The portions were pretty generous, and the grocery was good too: they had the milk I like (lactose free – Mum) and some very nice cakes. Dad had Ricotta & citrus crème brulée slice and Mum had a Fig & macadamia tart.

Later on, we went for a walk on the squeaky beach, and there were whippets!  Always fun to meet other sighthounds, but some of them were very forward and kept pestering and licking me and running in circles. There was one, though, who was more respectful, called Shadow. He was rather tall for a whippet, and black, which is of course the Best colour, and he wanted to show me his rock, which his mum said he’d been carrying around for a while. I gave it a polite sniff, and then he decided to bury it! The Mums decided he was my Mini-me, and I can see their point…

And then in the evening, Aunty Chippy and Uncle Jonathan arrived!  They had done a mad dash up the coast from Melbourne and had done 1400km about 24 hours, stopping briefly here and there for food and naps. They have a very nice cabin here, and they came over after they’d showered and unpacked to eat with us and plan for Saturday’s picnic party. Mum has lent Aunty Chippy a whole bunch of quilting books, so there’ll prolly be some boring chat about that, and she also handed over the miniature sewing room model she made for Aunty Chippy, which has been carefully carried all the way here in one of Miz Lizzie’s lockers. Amazingly, it’s still all in one piece and the light still works!

I’m expecting to score some very decent handouts at this picnic party, judging from what they were saying. I must fill Diesel-dog in when he arrives, he probably doesn’t realise the snacking opportunities ahead of him! There will be many Aunties and Uncles and most of them won’t know about limiting my intake of snacks, so I shall be playing the field with my best Poor Starving Greyhound impression! I’ll let you know how that goes.

Time for another snooze, I think. Mum took me out at 6am, but I’m not quite ready for breakfast yet. I’d better fortify myself for the day ahead at some stage, though. Walkies to take, strokies to demand, snacks to cadge…

Mouse, out.




15 thoughts on “The Travels of Mouse: sun, sand and Mini-me

  1. So happy Mouse that you are in-situ locally adjacent to a favourite beach, visited one of our favourite cafes… and generally living the best of Nambucca Valley life. That’s what holiday are all about. It will be great to see you and your human entourage this afternoon. Oh that note, good news for you Deez that has a delicate stomach, so no human snackies for him but you cadge as much as you can manage 🐾


    • Hi, Aunty Dale! Mum was very glad to get that Nourish recommendation from you, and we’re planning to go back with Aunty Chippy and Uncle Jonathan, prolly on Monday. Poor Diesel, I’m sorry he won’t be able to partake. Personally I think my insides may also protest a bit, but I see that as a Mum problem, not a Me problem, as she’s the one that has the strange picking up poo fetish… Just so you know, Aunty Chippy is bringing all sorts of tasty delights I’m Definitely not allowed to have on account of Spicy. See you later! Mouse 🐾


    • Hi Miss Caroline, this particular creature isn’t fast but he does get out of the way pretty smartly. Personally, I can’t see the attraction. Some people actually keep things like this as pets. What’s wrong with a nice doggo with sleek fur…?

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    • Aunty Chippy! I’d like to take credit for the weather but *even I* cannot guarantee warm sun and cool breezes, talented as I am. We had fun tonight with all the friends, didn’t we? Dad has been feeding me a steady stream of Aunty Dale’s chicken treats and Mum says she hopes I won’t be sick. What a spoilsport. I’m looking forward to a bit of a run around Diesel’s yard tomorrow, and Mum says she has a surprise to show and you know about it. Hmm. Very mysterious. Not sure I approve. See you tomorrow!

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  2. Marty K says:

    Aww the big lizard is a cutie, but not as adorable as you, of course. 💜 Enjoy the snackage, but go slow so you don’t get the tumbly-rumblies. Looks like you have wonderful accommodations and that’s a good thing, because it allows the Staff to be rested up and happy so they can do more catering to your demands. 💜


    • Hi Aunty Marty! There were some seriously high quality snacks but the Staffs withheld some (think spicy samosas, stuff with onions – Mum). On the whole I did pretty well, and if there are Consequences, they’re Mum’s to deal with, heheheh! Mum’s birthday went pretty well, and all the Staffs howled Happy Birthday and there was cake of several sorts and promises to do it all again next year. So I shall hold them to that.


  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That sounds an excellent holiday Mouse. Good luck getting loads of fuss and treats. Evie hasn’t been to a beach yet – she is too boisterous to be let off the lead when other people are around – but I really like them. Roo


    • My word, Roo, I certainly scored big time at the get-togethers both last night and lunchtime today. Aunty Dale has sourced some really delectable treats, including shark cartilage, crocodile claw and wafer thin air dried chicken liver. And Dad has captured a video of me doing figure 8 zoomies on the beach this evening which he’s going to try and post to the FB page if possible.

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    • They’re pretty big and not that fast, but not at all scary really. And I got in a big run off the lead this evening when the beach was pretty empty. So far, a great holiday for Me!


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