& Cat Tails



Hello, my name is Rat (Rattles) Miner.

I’m a 13 year old Burmese and these are my adventures.


My favourite 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

Favourite quotes:

“Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.” – Anonymous

“People that hate cats will come back as mice in their next life.” – Faith Resnick

“My husband said it was him or the cat... I miss him sometimes.” - Anonymous


The thoughts of Chairman Meow

Anything not nailed down is a cat toy

Cats are smarter then dogs. You can't teach eight cats to pull a sled.

Cat Creed: Everything here is mine

Dogs come when called. Cats take a message and get back to you

If cats had longer attention spans, they'd be running the world

Is it ok if the cat watches?

Thousands of years ago, Egyptians worshipped cats. Cats have never forgotten this.

What part of MEOW don't you understand?

Whatever you're doing its not as important as patting the cat.



Email me at rattlesminer@gmail.com



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 trip

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.

           Is anything coming?




    We headed to Medowie on the NSW Central Coast to spend some time with

John’s 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 sand.

(OK, I wasn’t allowed to go but I heard about it.)





They also checked out the wreck of the Sygna




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 sign?



I just can't get into Christmas

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 Eden NSW


We stop for coffee several times a day

No thanks, I'm aready wired


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 Victoria

Nothing in here


Land Ahoy


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 better mood)


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 I 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 (wimps)



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 of Walhalla.


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 back)


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?


Fun Cat Facts


93% 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.

Cats 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 human heart.

A cat's jaw has only up and down motion; it does not have any lateral, side to side motion, like dogs and humans. 

For 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.






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 ground.


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!


Even Kates 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 factory.

It was pretty boring


Next the Shamrock Hotel for lunch.

Hoppy bought an alpine cross country walking stick

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 the town.

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"








Echuca several days after the flood


Some of the Paddle Steamers are running again


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 master bedroom

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 Wagga



John is sick of photographing churches but Kate wanted a photo of this one in Wagga Wagga

(John gets Brownie points when he does what he's told)



Mount Panorama at Bathurst


I mightn't be the perfect hand stand but its not bad for a cat


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



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It must be said that I used like my females

with a little meat on their bones

until now!

Oh no, not the Nipple Twist!




As we head to Brisbane to park Homer for a month

while John & Kate head to New Zealand.



John's thoughts are still on the suffering some cats have to endure.

This poor kitten is obviously very stressed



Alas that's the end of this Adventure

Next down the west coast and around the Great Australian Bite.



Email me at rattlesminer@gmail.com if you want to know when the next blog is happening.


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