Autumn on the HCRT

With the water in Lake Hume still high, riding the HCRT is a real pleasure. Guests on the weekend at Redgum Bed and Breakfast borrowed my bikes and covered Ebden to Tallangatta on Saturday and Shelley to Derbyshire Sunday -the following photos are theirs.

The first slide show -Ebden to Tallangatta. The second coming down from Shelley station

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The HCRT is now open to Tallangatta Creek. Work is progressing on Dry Forest Creek trestle bridge now the weather is cooling down.

 

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

 

 

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

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.

 

 

Noisy Friar Birds, Bottlebrushes and Spring

You know spring is here when the bottle brushes are flowering and the Noisy Friar birds descend on the town. They never stop chattering to one another. As far as I can see one bottlebrush is exactly the same as the other so what is there to chatter about.

This is the most beautiful time in Tallangatta. There are people swimming and having  picnics, you can feel summer coming. The Lake is looking beautiful though not full and fishermen are out in boats as  well as fishing from the shore.

Our next big event is the fifty’s festival – 24th -26th October. Rock and Roll music, 50’s cars and the local shops dress up their windows with items from the era. I’m a product of the 60s and 70s long-hair, beads and Beatles, but my house was moved from Old Tallangatta  and rebuilt with bedrooms added in the fifties so it’s great to relive that period of  our towns history. In another part of Queen Elizabeth Drive, the other half of my house lives. It used to be a boarding house in the old town but got split into two houses in the move.

Follow the link below to find out about the weekend

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Tallangatta Tall Trestle Treadle

The annual Tallangatta Tall Trestle Treadle is on the 19th October. Registration at Tallangatta then bused to

  • Corryong- riding to Colac Colac (6km cruisy flat)
  • Shelley – riding to Koetong Pub (8km downhill)
  • Koetong Station to Darbyshire (8km slightly more adventurous of gentle downhill)
  • Old Tallangatta to Tallangatta (9km easy ride on sealed track)
  • Morning and afternoon tea plus Koetong pub lunch and bus transfers between each stage
  • For more information go the the HCRT web page  http://highcountryrailtrail.org.au

Tea towels and tee shirts to commemorate the restoration of these beautiful bridges will be for sale on the day

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So here is the story of the restoration – photos not in any order. Photos by Rosanne Trenchard

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Fishing Season

The first fishing boats are in the lake today, at their favourite spot just down from the B&B. By the end of summer as the water recedes a sandy raised area stretches out towards the Mitta Mitta river – fish must like this -maybe the shallow water is warmer or has more fish type food to attract them. Pelicans also hang out at this spot.

Over this winter there have been days when the lake is like a mirror and the only movement is a pelican gilding by and the ripples he/she creates.

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