Parade | Time for joggers to put their best foot forward

SNAPSHOT: Council's parks and gardens staff carry out their annual clean-out of the Machattie Park duck pond on Tuesday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK  091118cpond
SNAPSHOT: Council's parks and gardens staff carry out their annual clean-out of the Machattie Park duck pond on Tuesday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 091118cpond

THE worst of the cold weather is behind us, the days are getting warmer, there’s a springtime spring in Bathurstians’ step.

It can only mean one thing: it’s almost Edgell Jog time again.

The iconic Bathurst event will be held on Sunday, September 23 – that’s less than two weeks away now – and online entries are being taken.

Parade knows how much work goes into organising the annual jog, so he hopes locals support it by pulling on their joggers in big numbers.

Need another incentive to put in an entry form this week? Those who enter online before 3pm on Friday, September 21 go into the draw for an early bird prize of $300. Visit www.bathurstedgelljog.org.au

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Time to dig deep and get started

THE warmer weather also means locals’ thoughts are turning to gardening.

Parade’s significant other, who watches Gardening Australia with the same absorption as others watch the NRL or AFL grand final, has got that springtime look in her eyes at the moment as she gazes around the front and back yards.

Where Parade sees patchy lawn, overgrown edges and spindly plants struggling out of a winter slumber, Parade’s significant other sees untapped potential – potential that will require Parade’s time and perspiration to fulfil.

Parade might have to keep his head down for a little while. There does seem to be one too many gardening magazines in the house at the moment for his liking.

Regarding the quality of texts

ONE of the young members of Parade’s family is having a go at lifting the writing standards in text messages.

When Parade got a ping on his phone the other day, he found a message from Mr Nine with this formal flourish at the end: “Best regards.”

Best regards? Parade asked him where he’d plucked that one from, but he wasn’t prepared to say.

In a world where texts are written for speed, rather than clarity, Parade doubts formal sign-offs will catch on, but he wouldn’t be disappointed if they did.