PARADE must admit to being a little disappointed by the response to his appeal for a clever nickname for the second Bathurst Bullet service.
For those who've come in late, Parade wrote in this space a fortnight ago that "Bathurst Bullet 2.0" was descriptive but unwieldy and the second daily return train service to Sydney really needed to be known by something more whimsical.
Parade hasn't exactly been overwhelmed by ideas from readers in the days since, so he's going to make his own suggestion.
How about this: B1 (for the original Bathurst Bullet, which is also the service that leaves for Sydney first) and B2 (for the newcomer).
Parade knows you can never force a nickname, so he's just going to put that idea out into the world and see if it sticks.
If the trains are known as B1 and B2 in 10 years' time, Parade expects to get the credit.
IN NEWS AROUND BATHURST:
Cold winds and warm residents
PARADE and his significant other had an enjoyable wander around the Daffodils at Rydal event last Sunday.
The weather was appalling - cold and windy enough to blow a dog off a chain - but the warm reception that Parade received from those who had their gardens open for the event was more than enough to make up for the conditions.
Over a few hours in the village, Parade was given a tour of the former stationmaster's residence, got to see a couple of resident pigeons take flight, had a look at an art exhibition and enjoyed some organ music in the historic St Matthew's Church.
Parade really likes the fact that big, busy, bustling Bathurst has picturesque country villages like Tarana, Rydal, Sofala and O'Connell within a comfortable morning's drive.
For those who want to experience Daffodils at Rydal for themselves, it's on again this weekend.
It's dam scary, so let's all be wise
THE waterwise message has been heard loud and clear at Parade's house, where the washing machine water is now going out on to the back lawn.
It's a small step, but an important one: with Chifley Dam dropping and no good rain on the horizon, we're all going to have to do our bit to reduce our reliance on the town water supply.
Burrendong Dam, on the Macquarie River downstream of Bathurst, was at just 4.5 per cent this week - scary times, indeed.