07 February 2011

not so Bright

Missed all the Melbourne flood drama while spending the week of rain drinking a lot on the deck of a cabin right on the banks of the Ovens River, just beyond Bright in the Victorian High Country. This photo is a zoom of our foggy mountain view, and I am sorry it does not include the friendly ducks which appeared every time we did.
We visited every winery and country bakery for miles, so it was Pies & Pinot all the way from (the Heritage Listed landscape of) Wandiligong, to Mudgegonga, Beechworth and Mt.Beauty. Country-baked pies are always superior, and the historic Hides Bakery in Benalla was worth two visits for their triumphs in pastry.
We saw a male lyrebird by the roadside as we went very slowly in deep fog on the winding road over to Mt.Beauty (which isn't called that for nothing), and here is my photo
of the raging Ovens River in the centre of Bright township, where, despite at least 10 signs warning not to swim, a man and his son about 9 years old were on rubber tyre tubes oblivious to the danger of being swept away. I hope you and your companion animals are all safe, dry and undamaged.


  1. Great photos. It must have been very nice up there.

  2. We survived in our neck of the woods, but it was a fearsome storm and at the time very scary. I'm glad you avoided it. How was your house, though, when you returned?

  3. Misty mountain views, wildlife, good wine and regional food sounds like a much more sensible way to ride out the storms!

    (That first picture is beautiful. )

  4. That first photo when enlarged is gorgeous.

    So far, dry and safe in my neck of the woods.

  5. on behalf of Ms Annie, thanks dear Kass and Petticoats. We could hardly tear ourselves away from the cabin deck watching the mist swirling in the mountain tops. The photo does not show huge peaks higher up. There was a wild wind alert and the local SES warned us off driving along the Mt.Hotham ridge to get to Bairnsdale and beyond for visiting our blogger pal Ms Pants, so we were sad (and scared, and slunk away instead, via the low road west ).
    Elisabeth - thanks for your concern but AOD has had no home at all since 2006. no car either. Vline rolling stock is her home. It's hilarious.

  6. Glad you've been safe through the inclement weather. Been wondering where the wind had blown you :)

  7. Thanks AOF - I weigh so much, it takes A Mighty Wind indeed, to blow me anywhere. Whenever umbrellas start inverting, I worry I will be hit in the head by A Skinny Chick flying through the air. The east-Victorian mountains are just beautiful when seen through rainy fog, but I would not want to be there in a 34-degree north wind. It was sad to see much evidence of past recent bushfires.
    That was my first time to Beechworth and Bright.
    I had not known that the landscape of Wandiligong was so gorgeous it is heritage listed. The Wandi pub is funny too. Big outdoor seating under big trees with mountain vistas to contemplate. recommended.

  8. Beautiful first photo!

    We had some heavy rain in Flemington but enough to give the garden a good watering and not the flooding and suffering of other areas.

  9. Oh, can't wait to try those bakeries sometime, bakery slut that I am!!

    Happy travels!!