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

 

 

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

Twilight Ride – High Country Rail Trail

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Photo by Joy Bayes

On a beautiful late summer evening, over 35 riders travelled from different parts of the High Country Rail Trail to converge on Ludlows Reserve. Awaiting the riders and volunteers was a chicken and salad picnic on the grass overlooking the every receding Lake Hume. It was a magic night – clear sky, warm and just a gentle breeze – made to order.

The occasion was to celebrate the completion of the Bonegilla boardwalk across the Kiewa River flood plain and the resurfacing of the trail between Huon and Ludlows reserves.

The next event on the High Country Rail Trail is the ‘Whistle Stop High Tea’ – Huon to Tallangatta for hot food and then back to Huon with a traditional ‘High Tea’ at the Sandy Creek Inlet Bridge – Saturday May 21st

 

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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Parrots, galahs, magpies and sparrows

The birds have found the feeding tray on the terrace and at the moment the galahs are the boss. King parrots try and edge in but have to wait for a break. Sparrows are way down on the pecking order.

With the water view  back, the weather showing a possibility of spring , my bird attracting feeding a success -life is good. The little devils are up in the gum tree in the morning just waiting for the seed to be spread on their feeding tray. My guests can feed the birds then relax inside and watch them squabble and jostle for space. With the weather improving my weekend visitors in the Bed and Breakfast were able to light the outside fire and sit on the terrace in the evening – Spring is almost here and Tallangatta is at its best.

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