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