Bikes and the High Country Rail Trail

 

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Images of the construction of Dry Forest Creek Bridge

The reconstruction of the trestle bridges continues with our volunteers . It is amazing  seeing these beautiful wooden trestle bridges coming back to life. The really high ones are being bypassed. The original structures will be preserved so they continue to grace our trail. They are just too expensive to restore to a point of being able to be used but will still be there to look at.

Over the last month the Bed and Breakfast has had quite a number of push bike riders stay. Road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes and even one built for two. Some have wanted to be dropped at Shelley riding the trail where it was relatively easy going downhill with a mix of on road and trail, the very adventurous, riding mountain bikes negotiating the tricky not yet opened bits, having to get over shut gates, wade though creeks and share the track with horses and cattle – all great fun. Our trail is becoming increasing popular which is a real bonus for Tallangatta bringing much needed tourist dollars to our town. Increasingly we are getting groups after a shared 3 day experience using Tallangatta as a base – travelling to Wodonga and then Shelley.

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Sunrise on the bed of Lake Hume just down from boat ramp  30/3/2016

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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October in Tallangatta

Sunset over Lake Hume October 2015

Sunset over Lake Hume October 2015

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Hotels, the Motel and Bed and Breakfast accommodations are very busy at this time of the year.

 

 

 

Tallangatta is at its best in October – with the High Country Rail Trail “Tall Trestle Ride” this weekend- starting at Corryong  and ending at Tallangatta. Morning and afternoon tea, lunch at the Koetong pub and a few bus rides to bridge the parts of the trail not yet open. It is a a very special ride taking in the iconic tall trestle bridges which are slowly being restored.

Then on with your dancing stilettos for the Fifty Festival in the last weekend of October. As well as a rock band /dance there are vintage cars and a market in the triangles.

Guests at the Bed and Breakfast often send me photos they have taken during their stay in Tallangatta and these three really capture the beauty of our home. The one below taken directly below the Bed and Breakfast. The first two looking down the lake towards Albury at sunset.

Photos emailed to me by Trevor Jenner- a guest with his wife at Redgum BnB early Oct 2015

a perfectly still lake

a perfectly still lake

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.

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.