RAT'S TRAVEL BLOG
& Cat Tails
Hello, my name is Rat (Rattles) Miner.
I’m a 13 year old Burmese and these are my
singer is : Cat Stevens
Favourite food: Ratatouille
Favourite song: Cats in the cradle
Favourite actress: Pussy Galore
Favourite comic: Garfield
Favourite movie: The Lion King
Favourite golfer: Tiger Woods
“Dogs believe they are human. Cats
believe they are God.” – Anonymous
that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life.” – Faith Resnick
husband said it was him or the cat... I miss him sometimes.” - Anonymous
The thoughts of Chairman Meow
not nailed down is a cat toy
smarter then dogs. You
can't teach eight cats to pull a sled.
Creed: Everything here is mine
come when called. Cats take a message and get back to you
had longer attention spans, they'd be running the world
Is it ok
if the cat watches?
of years ago, Egyptians worshipped cats. Cats have never forgotten this.
part of MEOW don't you understand?
you're doing its not as
important as patting the cat.
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I’m travelling around
Australia with my family John (a travel photographer)
and Kate (a nurse
& retired real estate agent).
I felt I needed to build up a bit for
The chick is Kate
We are travelling in
a 24’ Winnebago Alpine called Homer (as in our Homer way from home)
We are towing a
Suzuki LJ80 jeep that John built
It has a Supercharged
Vitara motor (John
tells me that makes it go fast)
We left Brisbane on the 1 December
2010 and headed south.
We headed to Medowie on the NSW Central Coast
to spend some time with
eldest son Tim and his wife Lyn.
I'd be in the photo
but they stuck me in a basket under the table
The next day we took “The Rocket”
(Suzuki) to look for “Tin City”.
Tin City is a collection of beach
shacks dating back to the 1930s.
To get there we had to drive over
about 10 ks of deep
(OK, I wasn’t allowed to go but I
heard about it.)
They also checked out the wreck of the
Our bush camp @ Tea Gardens NSW
As we entered Majors Creek I was
wondering why everyone doesn't have a rose garden in their car
Then we went to the
markets at Batemans Bay
What a Babe!
Is this a warning
I just can't get into
Take this off me or
someone's going to die
After the stress of
the markets I needed a catnap
I hope he's not going
to put a silly hat on me
I'm leaving home!
Happy birthday Jesus!
We then went to stay on a farm at Bodalla.
Because of the danger of being
attacked by a wild Sheep & Koalas I was put on guard duty.
Here comes one
disguised as a dog
This is my friend Scare. D. Cat.
Scare D's son
The shack at the Whaling station in
We stop for coffee several times a day
No thanks, I'm aready
So much fun, so little modesty
This is Rachel we ran
into at Cann River.
Everyone wants their
photo taken with you when you're a celebrity with your own Blog.
Just checking my
blog, it's hard to get good help
No, because it's possessive it's
spelled their not there
On Wednesday we went to the Martime Museum at Port Albert in
the Gippesland area of
Nothing in here
No more museums for me, I'm stuffed!
I even passed on going scuba diving
with my mate Jacques Catso
We (that is John) got bogged 4 wheel
driving in the Motorhome.
While he was pulling it out with the
Rocket (Suzuki) I thought I would go for a walk.
They had moved to a camping spot a
short distance away before they knew I had gone walkabout.
John found me about a kilometre away walking down the
main road having a great time.
I should be let off my lead around
2020 according to John.
Tomorrow we go to Traralgon to Metal detect for
artifacts in old gold mining towns and maybe we will find some gold.
(I hope we do it may put John in a
I've had many emails (OK two) requesting
more photos of the places we visit
We missed Traralgon
and ended up in the historic mining town of Walhalla
After a short while in town I decided
to abseil down an old mine shaft (note the style)
As it was my first time abseiling
was a little nervous
in fact if I wore trousers I would have
had to go home and change them
John and Kate took the mine tour
Some of the local rug rats were
looking for inspiration and tips on abseiling
No I don't get nervous, I've been absailing for years
Part of Walhalla Township
This is Horseshoe Tunnel just outside
It's a shaft that was drilled through
a mountain in the old mining days to divert the river
so the miners (not us) could mine the
dry river bed.
It's situated about 3 ks down a very steep bush
walking track (and 3 ks
John is not known as a super fit
person (he pays people to exercise for him)
He made it down but coming back up was
a little more difficult with several
suspected heart attacks and the need for mouth
to mouth resuscitation and cardiac
massage however he did manage to make it up
in one piece, although the winging
will probably continue for some time.
After 3 days of Mine tours, Ghost tours,
Steam train rides and bush bashing in the Rocket.
Now we head off for who knows where?
of cat owners admit they talk to their cats.
A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed.
A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.
A cat can spend five or more hours a day grooming himself.
A cat can sprint at about thirty-one miles per hour.
A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot
seem to find tidbits on the floor.
A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human only has 206 bones.
A cat's ear pivots 180 degrees.
A cat's field of vision is around 185 degrees.
A cat's gestation is between 61 and 65 days.
A cat's hearing is much more sensitive than that of humans and dogs.
A cat's hearing rates as one of the top in the animal kingdom.
can hear sounds as high-pitched as 65 kHz; a human's hearing stops at
just 20 kHz.
A cat's heart beats at 110 to 140 beats per minute, twice as fast as a
A cat's jaw has only up and down motion; it does not have any lateral,
side to side motion, like dogs and humans.
this reason, don't rely on feeding dry food as a dental care program -
cats need to have their teeth cleaned by a vet.
John read me an interesting story from
today's Melbourne Herald Sun
A Melbourne woman bought a deaf cat, because it was deaf she
named it deaf.
She said it wasn't worth wasting a good
name on a cat that couldn't hear it.
GARFIELD IS A MODERN DAY PHILOSOPHER
Meanwhile we have spent the last 3
days in Ballarat
with it raining cats and dogs
There are a lot of historical
buildings in Ballarat
like Craigs Royal hotel
and Sovereign Hill
Next stop the Golden Triangle of Victoria
so John and Kate can play
with their metal detector and I can hunt Yabbies
To get to the goldfields we passed the
#1 bush pub in Victoria
After several rousing renditions of Duelling Banjos on the porch
John packed up his guitar and we
headed off into the sunset
with the sounds of banjo and guitar still
ringing in our ears.
Getting to our next destination
involved more bush bashing in the Motorhome,
after a week of heavy rain and major
flooding that was fun.
Kate keeps telling John they put up
road closed signs for a reason
A little closer please my eyes aren't
what they used to be
We have now arrived at Moliagul in Victoria where the
69 kg Welcome Stranger gold nugget was found,
John is looking for its big brother
(good luck!) He reckons the winch on the 4x4 will pull it out of the
We are camped a few metres from the sign that says
here is where the Welcome Stranger nugget was found.
John says if he found it he would put
the marker about 15 ks
away (call him cynical).
John trying his luck
Note the snake
proof safety boots!
having a go
Meanwhile I was checking my Yabbie trap
Looks like lunch. I'll get the other
two, these suckers have sharp nippers.
Hello I'm Rat, pleased to eat you
On the way to Bendigo
John tore a calf muscle and can't walk or drive
so I guess we are stuck here in no-man's
land for a few days.
Three days later we left for Bendigo
Kate and "Hoppy" with his gammy leg
went on the tourist tram,
they said I was too heavy to carry.
His b##### camera weighs more than me.
Then we trotted (& hopped) off
to the Bendigo pottery
It was pretty boring
the Shamrock Hotel for lunch.
Hoppy bought an alpine cross country
he still can't walk properly with it
Kate says he needs crutches.
John bought the latest Minelab metal dectector,
now they have two metal detectors they
can't find gold with!
Two days later and still undaunted we
hobbled off to one one Victorias most historic early
mining towns Maldon.
Kate took me up the tower overlooking
We stayed there the night (not up the
tower) and nearly got blown off the mountain,
but John wasn't going anywhere, when he
parks that's it for the day.
She could have carried me up the
stairs to the tower
Note to self; this bed isn't big
enough for three.
Maldon's main street taken during rush hour
John's idea of an "artie" shot
John stumbled across what could be
called a 1850's Gold
mining ghost town.
The original owner moved old gold
mining era buldings to
a former gold mining site,
when he could't
find original buildings he had replicas constructed until he had a
1850's Victorian gold mining town.
He filled the buildings with
furniture, tools and equipment of the time.
It has been derilict
for many years and may never be open to the public again.
I didn't get into (much) trouble
checking out this old train on my own
It was when I started walking to the
next town that got John really upset.
Well isn't this embarassing!
I climbed up here and my lead got
caught and I can't move.
"Hey John, the tread looks fine"
NEXT STOP ECHUCA
Echuca several days after the flood
Some of the Paddle Steamers are
I'm looking for the turn off for the
famous haunted house in Junee
(Monte Christo homestead)
My first stop in the ghost hunt is the
Well hello baby
Get rid of these other two and I'll
show you how blonds have more fun.
You need a deodorant pal
This is me wrestling a large ghost
(Either that or I'm rolling in a drain)
Rat's thought of the day
You know how if you throw a cat in the
air he will always land on his feet
What would happen if you super glued
two cats back to back and threw them in the ar?
John & Kate's record for finding
ghosts is only outdone by their record for finding Gold!
So we left the Haunted Mansion with our tail
between our legs and headed for Wagga
John is sick of photographing churches
but Kate wanted a photo of this one in Wagga
(John gets Brownie points when he does what
Mount Panorama at Bathurst
I mightn't be the perfect hand stand
but its not bad for a
This is John setting a new speed
record for a Motorhome on Mount Panorama Circuit
That's it John, 54 ks an hour you legend!
At least he beat the little yellow Suzuki
I could have gone faster in this !!
These hotties are setting an example
of good taste and modesty
Please... put something on!
It must be said that I used like my females
with a little meat on their bones
Oh no, not the Nipple Twist!
As we head to Brisbane to
park Homer for a month
while John & Kate head to New
John's thoughts are still on the
suffering some cats have to endure.
This poor kitten is obviously very
Alas that's the
end of this Adventure
down the west coast and around the Great Australian Bite.
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