Parade | Drivers, then dancers – variety is the spice of life

SPRING HAS SPRUNG: How's the serenity? The view from the Japanese Garden on Monday morning. Photo: RACHEL CHAMBERLAIN
SPRING HAS SPRUNG: How's the serenity? The view from the Japanese Garden on Monday morning. Photo: RACHEL CHAMBERLAIN

THEY say variety is the spice of life, and that’s certainly the case in Bathurst.

Just as the Bathurst 1000 roadshow rolls out, we this week welcome the dancers from the Australian Ballet.

They will be performing the classic Giselle in two shows at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre on Tuesday and Wednesday nights before heading to Dubbo to continue their regional tour.

The Bathurst 1000 and the ballet could barely be less alike, but they all add to the local cultural mix.

Talk about something for everyone.

Rain whets our appetite for more

THE timing could not have been worse for the 56,000 or so fans on Mount Panorama on Sunday, but how good was it to finally see some rain across the region?

The official reading was just five millimetres but some areas of the city seemed to receive much more than that.

Indeed, the sheets of rain on the track during the Bathurst 1000 suggested Mount Panorama was certainly one spot that got a much heavier soaking than the bureau’s figures would suggest.

Of course, after the winter we’ve had, Sunday’s rain will barely have an impact unless there is more to come.

But we have to start somewhere and more showers are forecast this week so, who knows?

We are coming into the hottest part of the year and local gardens would appreciate any drink they can get.

Another year has flown by

WITH the Bathurst 1000 now run and one for another year, Bathurstians’ thoughts naturally turn to what’s ahead for the last few months of 2017.

Saturday will be a big one for most of the region’s cricketers with local junior and senior competitions to get under way, and that’s always the unofficial start of summer.

The Melbourne Cup is just a few weeks away and then it’s the start of the Christmas season round of office parties and get-togethers.

And before you know it we will be getting ready for the Party in the Park and welcoming 2018.

Just where did the year go?