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

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.

Tallangatta Visitors

Last time I worked in the  hospitality industry was when I was 18 and I spent a large amount of time each day washing dishes at the Sorento pub for very little money, no tips but lots of fun at the end of the night with my fellow live-in student workers. That’s another job replaced by technology!

My latest hospitality venture has proved more successful than I imagined. I expected a couple of weekends a month to be booked. Weekdays never. I got it so wrong.

My guests have been from all states except for WA and NT so far.

They are:

Visiting elderly parents

Elderly parents celebrating 50+ years of marriage

Contract workers in Tallangatta for a job for 3 – 5 days

Tourists taking the scenic routes from Canberra, Gippsland, South Coast NSW and Sydney.

Bike riders on the HCRT desperate for a bed (I lent my RV as my room was booked, as was every other bed in town was, this has happened twice!)

Wedding guests and so on…..

The best part of this whole exercise has been meeting such lovely, friendly people, many of whom go out of their way to say thank you and goodbye This side of the experience I did not expect but am very grateful for.

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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The Conic Rocks

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From Tallangatta take the Murray Valley Hwy north until you reach the Trestle bridge/Mt Lawson sign. If you reach the Koetong pub you have gone too far.

The last time I visited this site I had two girls from China staying with me. They were English Literature students in Australia for a month during their uni vacation. They had three wishes -see a kangaroo, a koala and the stars.

As we walked to the trestle bridge the first of their wishes sat up and watched us for a few minutes before bounding away.

After the walk to the old trestle bridge its back to the car and head off into the bush on the Mt Lawson Road/Firebrace track, continue straight on until  you come to a picnic table and parking area.

Conic rock formation. These rocks are reached by a walk up a medium steep climb of  approximately 1/2 hour through the bush on a defined path. When you come to the first large rock formation you are not at the top so keep walking. The rocks are quite impressive with lots of overhangs. Explore around, climbing though and under these amazing rocks. You need to do a bit of bush bashing to get around them.  When you reach them you are overlooking the Koetong Creek Valley. A creek well worth a visit. For the adventurous there are Aboriginal drawing further down into the valley – you will have to search as their is no path.

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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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Sandy Creek Inlet Bridge

A couple of links to youtube of the construction of the bridge. This link has joined the rail trail from Tallangatta to Wodonga and is a great ride from Tallangatta. Just 9 km  along a tree lined track, gentle rises and the lake and farm land all the way. A further 3 km takes you to  Huon Reserve.

Sandy Creek bridge on the High Country Rail Trail  -9km from Tallangatta

Sandy Creek bridge on the High Country Rail Trail -9km from Tallangatta

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZwYC31JjAY

construction of  the bridge