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

Rail Trail Upgrade

Riding from Wodonga to Tallangatta just got more comfortable with a major upgrade to the High Country Rail Trail up to Huon Reserve,  effectively removing the very rough sections of this part of the trail.

A perfect bike ride hugging Lake Hume with three reserves with toilets and BBQs , over the Sandy Creek bridge on to Tallangatta for a lunch break and a rest under the beautiful ‘triangles’ trees, have a swim in Lake Hume then if still feeling fit you can continue on to Old Tallangatta, finish the day with a relaxing night at the Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Motel or Caravan Park before your return trip next day.

I have had many guests that have either travelled by train or left their car in Wodonga and ridden out to Tallangatta

Wodonga to Old Tallangatta and as the bridges are restored on to Shelley- what a spectacular bike ride that will be when finished

Check out the photos of the current  bridge restoration at the High Country Rail Trail Facebook Page

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

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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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Its that time of the year

 

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Just ponds of water

I was away for a week and when I returned our weir water had gone and then to add insult to our lack of water – I was at a wedding at Wahgunyah and there it all was flowing in great amounts down the Murray to our irrigation farmers and Adelaide.

The landscape has changed and we now have to patiently wait for the end of the irrigation season, the Hume Weir gates to close and the winter rain to come – for the Lake to refill.

The Mitta Mitta River is back in full view and flowing rapidly to the Murray.

In two weeks a soft green canopy of grass will cover the mud and yet again the landscape will change to one of green river flats dotted by the skeletons of river red gums, logs, sandy drifts and fishermen dotted along the Mitta Mitta River.IMG_0546

I love autumn, the summer switch just suddenly turned off and the gentle autumn sun is a delight to enjoy as I sit on the terrace having a meal, reading quietly or watching the parrots, honey eaters and the sparrows come and enjoy a bath. So if you are heading this way for a visit don’t expect the big vista of water but instead a  valley as it was 60 odd years ago without the green trees.