The Mitchell River Walk

Recently we did the Mitchell River walk as neither of us had done our usual early morning walk.  We drove into Bairnsdale and did the walk that included the part that is used for the Park Run.  It was a beautiful day with just a light wind to make sure that we didn’t get too hot.  The actual walk is over the bridge and down the other side of the river but we kept on the same side and walked a bit further along the river.

We were surprised by the amount of wildlife we encountered on the track.  We particularly enjoyed seeing the smaller bird life as we seem to generally only get the larger birds in our garden.  We saw many blue wrens as there was dense bush for them to take cover from larger birds.

This is the first water dragon we encountered.

Look at the length of that tail.  The dragon was not at all worried about us.

Further along the track we came to the bat colony which I have posted about previously.  The flying foxes are still there in large numbers.

On the return part of our walk we came across another dragon, not the same one!

Honey Dijon

I love roses and this year we have been lucky enough to get some good rose weather.  I bought a new plant two years ago, Honey Dijon, and this year is the first year we have actually seen some blooms.  Last year the buds were eaten either by rosellas or possums. This year I managed to get a photo of a bloom before it was destroyed by the rosellas.

It is a coffee coloured rose and I am thrilled with it.

This is the description for the rose:

Bush Rose, Honey Dijon

Bush Rose, Honey Dijon,   Warm golden brown is a most uncommon colour in roses. This novel colouring develops deeper shades in cooler climates and will appeal with a pleasant fruity fragrance. An abundant production of formal, double blooms that will bring a vigorous presence to the garden. If you like Julia’s Rose, you will love Honey Dijon..

Some of our other roses from the garden.

First bike ride for the year

This is the first part of our bike ride.  We drove to Eagle point and parked the cars then rode along to the tip of the Mitchell River silt jetty and back.We then headed to Paynesville for lunch and then back to the silt jetty.

The silt jetties are used extensively for fishing and there were several fisherpersons there today.

The day was overcast but excellent for bike riding.  We had lunch at Pier 70 in Paynesville.

On the return ride to the silt jetties we spotted a mob of kangaroos.

There were about fifteen beside the tree and another four or five in the distance.  You are never far from wildlife here in East Gippsland.