The Water is Back

Lake Hume has been slowly creeping back up the valley and today the view from Redgum/Tallangatta Bed and Breakfast is water

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You could put on your gumboots and walk across with a little swim over the Mitta Mitta River but visually it is water. Yesterday the dogs and I walked for the last time this year on the grassy banks of the Mitta Mitta today it is mostly under water and the Mitta Mitta River gone. Swans, ducks and pelicans have returned. I have included a video of the swans hard to see but not to hear –   they are ‘talking’ all the time. As usual Sasha the jack russell managed to get in the picture. Filling up to 100% will take a while yet.

The High Country Rail Trail ‘Whistle Stop High Tea” held in May was a great success with 170 riders coming from as close as Albury and Wodonga and as far away as Sydney and Melbourne,. The weather magnificent, the food as usual pretty spectacular and there was enough even with the numbers increasing by 40 in the last few days. The next event is the Tall Trestle Ride from Corryong to Tallangatta in October.

We continue to get more bike riders using Tallangatta as a base as they explore our beautiful North-East Victoria. My latest adventurers rode around the Lake to Bethanga via Old Tallangatta and back here on the HCRT. Next day off to Yackandandah  via Allens Flat and then on to Bright then Beechworth and back to Tallangatta taking 3 days to do the trip – A very fit couple.

I have also dropped off bike riders at Shelley for the ride down the trail and part Murray Valley Highway back to Tallangatta.

Snow in the mountains has also been a bonus, so the weekend trips from Melbourne to  the New South Wales or Victorian snow fields will soon begin. I get many guests who leave Melbourne after work , stop the night in Tallangatta and are on the slopes at 9am for a weekend of skiing. It avoids the kangaroos and wombats on the  bush drive to Corryong  and mountain climb to Perisher etc in the dark.

Talking of snow, the weather here has just dropped about 10 degrees, the rain has begun and with an open fire blazing it is a perfect day to read a book and if a dog sleep by the fire

 

 

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

A Fishing Tale ………

This week  has been a tale of three Queensland groups. My first guests were an old uni mate and her husband. She sat down on my deck and made me the most exquisite basket from plants in my garden – wisteria, iris, ferns, gum nuts, kangaroo paws and others. Very hard to photograph.photo-3 photo-5

 

 

 

 

My second Qld guests (BnB) were a family with two young lads one a very keen fisherman – so out of the car  came our young fisherman and said ‘hello Beth’ – (won my heart immediately) and wanted to know what fish could be caught – I reeled of the possibilities and lastly mentioned the Murray Cod in the context of ‘if you are really lucky you might catch a Murray Cod and make the locals jealous’. That night no luck but undeterred our young fisherman was up a 7.30 am and down in the favourite fishing spot below the BnB and yes he caught a Murray Cod. His secret -a cloudy day, much enthusiasm and a spinner.

My last Queenslanders when booking said they wanted to use the barbecue and would bring extra for me. So I fired up the habashi, made the salads and we spent a lovely evening chatting and enjoying the water view.

The BnB is turning out to be a most enjoyable experience.

The Noisy Friar birds have moved on. Our local birds are no longer being   tormented and the the town has returned to its quiet and peaceful self.

Paypal

Paypal is now on the website, with great effort and a lot of help from Paypal tech support, I must admit! I have great admiration for computer literate individuals as it is a foreign language to me.

Tallangatta now needs a few more spring-like days of the past week and visitors hopefully will start to visit us. It has been magic weather. The north-east of Victoria is at its best in autumn and spring.

I have been in the garden – so far two ute loads to the tip. It was very busy growing over the cold winter while the dogs and I kept the fire company inside. Even with all my pruning and weeding it is still a bit of a jungle…just as I like it .