Hot cross bungle? It can’t be Easter already

TIME FLIES: Hot cross buns for sale on January 1 in a Bathurst supermarket.
TIME FLIES: Hot cross buns for sale on January 1 in a Bathurst supermarket.

WE keep hearing the years go by quicker as you get older, but this is ridiculous.

As Parade was walking through the supermarket on Monday – on January 1, that is – he had to do a double-take when he saw hot cross buns already for sale.

The buns are traditionally associated with Easter – particularly Good Friday, which was still 88 days away at that point.

A quick online search back at the office, however, revealed that Bathurst is far from alone in this one.

Plenty of people had posted photos of hot cross buns on social media even before the new year ticked over.

It seems as soon as Christmas is done and dusted the supermarkets are already looking to the next big seller.

But Parade also read another theory for the hot cross buns appearing so early – to foster some outrage on social media that ultimately becomes some free advertising for the supermarket.

If that’s the case, then Parade has fallen for the trick as well.

Walk the walk for a new year

DID you make a new year’s resolution to be more active?

Or maybe you just feel like you need to get back to nature these summer holidays?

Either way, the Western Advocate has done the hard work for you, and with just a short drive you can enjoy the amazing scenery and fresh air that Central West has to offer. 

We’ve taken a look at the top 10 bushwalks in our region and put them together for you in an easy-to-use online map and guide at www.westernadvocate.com.au.

Several of the walks are within an of hour’s drive of Bathurst - including Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve, Mount Canobolas and Kinross State Forest - while some of the others might require a longer trip.

Check out the story ‘The top 10 best bushwalks in central and western NSW’ on our website.

DUCKS IN A ROW: A couple of the locals at Bathurst's Ben Chifley Dam. Photo:P PHIL BLATCH

DUCKS IN A ROW: A couple of the locals at Bathurst's Ben Chifley Dam. Photo:P PHIL BLATCH

Party is not quite over yet

SO you’ve made it through Christmas and New Year, but the part season is not quite over yet – it’s just 24 sleeps until Australia Day.

What a great time of year this is.