Whistlestop High Tea Ride

Ride along the shore of Lake Hume ( distant water to see unless we get some good rain) with stops to enjoy delicious country home cooked scones, cakes and other delicate and tasty treats. Part of the Harvest festival to celebrate Nth East Victoria’s wonderful food, wine and tourist venues.  Booking at highcountryrailtrail.org.auhigh tea poster 2016

Bed and Breakfast Guest photos

Guests at the Tallangatta Redgum Bed and Breakfast  Dr Bob and Annie Cvetkovic ‎have shared some amazing photos taken around Lake Hume , my garden and the house and native flowers on their walk to Conic Rocks.

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Parrots, galahs, magpies and sparrows

The birds have found the feeding tray on the terrace and at the moment the galahs are the boss. King parrots try and edge in but have to wait for a break. Sparrows are way down on the pecking order.

With the water view  back, the weather showing a possibility of spring , my bird attracting feeding a success -life is good. The little devils are up in the gum tree in the morning just waiting for the seed to be spread on their feeding tray. My guests can feed the birds then relax inside and watch them squabble and jostle for space. With the weather improving my weekend visitors in the Bed and Breakfast were able to light the outside fire and sit on the terrace in the evening – Spring is almost here and Tallangatta is at its best.

The lake was so beautiful on Thursday morning with the sunrise glowing though the mist-2015-08-22 08.23.54

with the water back in the valley it creates some very special effects2015-08-22 08.23.44

Its coming back

The Bed and Breakfast has continued to attract guests – Melbourne to  NSW ski resorts being the main visitors. Tallangatta 4 hours from Melbourne then 4 hours to the snow.

I had hoped that as I was a way for a wedding in July our weir water may have returned in my absence as it ‘disappeared’ last time I was attending a wedding in March. It was not to be. August however  has seen it returning. So our beautiful green valley with the Mitta Mitta River snaking its way down to Albury is disappearing  for yet another year and the water vista is back be it still not 50% full. I have lost the river flats for the dogs to run on, but having the water back is just so great.

Rabbits are starting to have an impact on the front garden. They are nibbling my newly planted bushes. They are very cheeky. I watch them from the front window hopping gently across the grass without a care in the world. So ‘plant guards’ are the new design feature of the front garden. Ugly but necessary for a while

Much more welcome guests on the terrace – ParrotsP1160288

What if?

I have wondered why the shops, motel and hotels of our township of Tallangatta were not built along the lake edge. How much more delightful if you were staying at the motel to wake up to the views of the lake that we get to enjoy at Red Gum Bed and Breakfast each morning. Outside dining with our valley and water views. A missed opportunity 60 years old. The town planner of the 1950’s at least planned the town centre around a generous park and had the foresight to plant the trees that create a beautiful shady rest and eating area.

Coming up is the now annual ‘Whistle Stop High Tea’ bike ride on the High Country Rail Trail from Huon Reserve to Tallangatta and back again, held this year on SATURDAY 16th MAY. There are three stops on the ride: first fruit at Sandy Creek bridge; then hot dainties at Tallangatta; to finish on the return, delicate bite size cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffee at the Sandy Creek bridge. 24 kms altogether along the edge of the lake, valley and farm lands. Go to the the High Country Rail Trail web page for details.

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Birds and windows

We had the Noisy Friar bird invasion and now it is the time of the parrots – King Parrots, Eastern Rosella and others – a much quieter bird but still very talkative. I just love them for their colour and friendliness and they figure on my tea cosies often.- mudgymade@wordpress.com  They are so brazen landing on the terrace rail to have a drink and shower in the fountain. The red gums are budding up ready for their later flowering period so I expect there is lots to eat.  

They do create a very large problem for me as they are continually flying into my large windows with various results – some just don’t get up again – some seem to have no ill effects at all – some shake their heads, sit calmly for a moment or two and then fly away – one yesterday managed to get onto a branch in the redgum and just sat there for hours occasionally rocking but mostly just stunned, motionless. It was not on the ground in the morning so I assume it lived to fly again.

I have tried closing the curtains, not washing the windows, leaving the screen doors ajar, and now hanging paper spirals inside that rotate. I would say at least four hits happen every day but often even more… brings to mind the film thriller ‘The Birds’ So any suggestions on how to stop them?

On the Bed and Breakfast front I have met some really lovely and interesting people using my accommodation and I am getting great feedback.  Here are some comments – “Tallangatta Treasure”, “great alternative to a motel”,  “perfect”, “magic view”, “what a great place to live”. 

We are very spoilt in Tallangatta with the hills around us, Lake Hume (when it has water), the bird life when the water recedes and the peace of not having hundreds of tourist just a nice manageable amount of visitors. I was in Beechworth last weekend and it was so crowded, waiting lines for food, impossible to get a park in the main street. The tourist dollar is golden but there is a price to pay for it.

Date to remember: 16th May ‘High Tea’ on the High Country Rail Trail  as part of the Harvest Festival, more details to come.