Top weather to test-drive gumboots

A BIT of rain didn’t stop the fun at Quirindi Preschool yesterday, gumboots and volleyballs brightening gloomy skies.

Welcome falls have continued right across the region and late yesterday a flood watch was even issued for the Gwydir and Upper Macintyre rivers.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology said yesterday rain was expected to persist today and even tomorrow in some parts, before clearing on Sunday. Some big falls have been recorded this week, late yesterday Guyra and Narrabri among the big winners with more than 100mm since early Monday.

According to the bureau, Mungindi, too, was approaching the century mark and Barraba had more than 80mm. Other totals included Inverell with 81.4, Glen Innes 72.4, Gunnedah 72, Coonabarabran 58.4, Moree 59.4, Quirindi 44, Tamworth Airport 42.8, Armidale Airport 42, Woolbrook 42.8, Tenterfield 43.9 and Walgett 30.

Quirindi Preschool director Alison Thomspon said the kids had enjoyed the wet relief, particularly since it gave them a chance to test-drive the new sets of gumboots the school purchased at the start of the year. The vegetable garden, into which new winter seedlings have been planted recently, has also enjoyed the drink, and during breaks in the rain the new volleyball net has proved the perfect distraction.

Cooking and getting in some singing practice for a Mother’s Day performance at the local aged care facility have kept the students busy.

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