IT'S been a long time since residents within earshot of Farmers Creek were entertained - or apprehensive as the case may be - by the sounds and fury of the waterway in full flood.
But that all changed at the weekend after some of the most persistent rain in years.
It had already rained for three days before the downpour got serious early Sunday, quickly surging Farmers Creek to flood levels not seen in years.
What days earlier had been a pathetic trickle was suddenly a torrent overflowing into flood channels and sending huge volumes of water downstream to boost the drought depleted storage's in Lake Lyell.
There was even finally run off into farm dams and pastures and playing fields were springing back to life.
With rail and road disruptions from floods and falling trees and a little fog thrown into the mix it was not a day for a Sunday drive in the Mountains.
There were other downsides with many a leaking roof, including at the Valley Plaza where staff in several shops had to mop up.
Last week's temperatures nudging the 30's plunged mid afternoon Sunday to a wintry 14 degrees.
But heck - after the most beneficial rain in years it would be churlish to complain.
The good news, unless you're trying to dry the washing, is there's more on the way.
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STILL with construction sites, if you haven't been around the Church Street/Maple Crescent part of Lithgow lately be a better informed citizen by taking a stroll past the now well advanced major extensions to Cooinda aged care facility.
You can't fail to be impressed.
THE impact of the devastating bushfires on our native wildlife distressed many both here and overseas but help continues to come from many sources.
On Friday from 7am until the last nibble is consumed Sydney Trains will team with WIRES for a morning tea fundraiser on the concourse at Lithgow Interchange.
For a measly five bucks you can tuck into all sorts of goodies and support our animal rescue teams.
Get to it.
THE recent rain has been a godsend in the recovery process after our all too recent firestorm.
What only weeks ago resembled the aftermath of a napalm blitz is now springing back to life with lush greenery.
The downside is it's now back to the lawn mowing but we can live with that. On that subject, in a bygone era you could always count on the Portland Show to put a dent in any dry spell.
There weren't too many Show days it didn't rain until eventually the volunteers gave up competing with nature. This year the Rydal Show people are claiming the drought breaker mantle.