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

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

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.