We were fortunate that the bushfires didn’t reach Metung but the hot weather did a bit of damage to our gardens here. Many plants suffered in the heat, even the Australian native plants and we lost a few of our less well established plants to the heat. One of the plants that we thought had died was a banksia which we had planted in the new garden beds I created back in August last year out the front of the house.
The banksia’s leaves are generally leathery and after the hot days they were crisp.
We thought it was dead but I have continued to hand water the plants as we are now on water restrictions. I was delighted to see that the plant is still alive and there are many new shoots. Hopefully it will put on a spurt of growth as we have had a little rain today.
For some time now the condition of the surface of our local bike trail has left much to be desired. There were many potholes and the ride was rather rugged. We have been fortunate in having the trail resurfaced recently so now all is smooth on the ride from Nicholson to Bairnsdale. The resurfacing along with the new signage makes the trail top class.
Only one section is asphalted the remainder is gravel covered. It would be fantastic if the trail was like this all the way.
I recently went for a bike ride as I am trying to up the number of kilometres I do during a month. I intended to ride from Nicholson to Bumberrah and back but found that was only a very short ride so decided to continue on to Bruthen, have some lunch and then return.
It was a cool day which was much appreciated after the extremely hot weather we have been having.
There has been a considerable amount of clearing on either side of the rail trail which I imagine has been done so the trail acts as a fire break. We have had strong winds recently and I imagine that is what has caused this fallen tree. I had to lift my bike over the lower log and clamber under the upper log in order to continue on my way.
I enjoyed a pleasant lunch in Bruthen and then headed back home. A total of 45.36 kilometres.