OPINION: Parade takes a lighter look at life in Bathurst and surrounds

SNAPSHOT: Reader Karen Smeed snapped this picture as a storm was brewing at Wattle Flat on Monday.
SNAPSHOT: Reader Karen Smeed snapped this picture as a storm was brewing at Wattle Flat on Monday.

While the rain that fell on Thursday will have done Bathurst some good, the lack of consistent wet stuff this year has been felt by the region’s large farming community.

The effects of the lack of rain are obvious in the farmland that can be seen when driving in and out of Bathurst.

And though there is still a lot of the autumn growing season ahead, according to the Advocate’s rural correspondent John Seaman, the prospects for general rain are not promising in the medium term.

Staffers at Central Tablelands Local Land Services have arranged a dry weather planning workshop at Bathurst LLS on Corporation Avenue on March 24 from 9.30am to 3pm. 

Parade is told the workshop will give useful advice and opinions for those facing drier weather. Bookings can be made at brett.littler@lls.nsw.gov.au.

Big question: how do you have tea?

BLACK, white, one sugar or no sugar. 

There are so many ways someone can have tea, but which is the best?

While Parade’s favourite tea is the one that stays in the box, others think differently. Some even think it’s a cardinal sin to have milk in your tea.

It's beyond Parade’s understanding how anyone can drink black tea.

Plenty of milk and sugar, please, to drown out the awful flavour. 

In reality, though, isn’t tea just hot leaf juice?

A golden night for the ladies

THE Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival kicked off on Wednesday night with the first racing heats.

Among all the harness racing action, Miss Gold Crown competitors Neve Moore, Kate McCarthy and Laura Cole are working hard to promote Ladies’ Night on March 22. 

There will be a fashions on the field competition and, for the ladies, a fashion parade by Gorgeousness. 

Five senior female drivers will also go head-to-head with five junior drivers in the Lexus of Dubbo race. 

The popular carnival always draws plenty of visitors to town.