Lismore bounces back
DAYS after floods hit Lismore, locals showed resilience by joining in festivities and returning to normal weekend life.
Some attended the Lismore Makers Market, held at the Conservatorium in Keen St on Saturday, while many food lovers turned up to the Lismore Growers Market at the showgrounds the same day.
Singer-songwriter Reilly Fitzalan performed at the Makers Market and said people seemed in good spirits.
"People are walking by and stopping to listen to the music," he said.
"I think any event that can bring people together around nature is good for morale, so it's only going to affect them positively close to a dramatic event such as a flood."
Mr Fitzalan's band-mate Daniel Pinkerton said the lively music and market were just what the CBD needed after a dreary week.
They weren't the only ones making the most of Saturday's sunshine.
North Lismore's Duncan Wilson, Melissa Herman and their three children, who live in flood-affected Alexandra Pde, visited nearby houses to collect mangoes which had been knocked down by wild weather last week.
The family and their friend Missy Mangola offered garden maintenance in return for the mangoes.
"Most people said just to take their mangoes because they had so many," she said.
"They're just so abundant at the moment because a lot of un-ripe ones have fallen."
After collecting mangoes, the group set up a stall on Saturday in Alexandra Pde and sold them for $10 a box. Mr Wilson and Ms Herman employed some "professional sales help" from their eight-year-olds Charlie and Tameeka Herman-Bromley.
"Mangoes for sale, get your mangoes - only $10 a box!" Charlie yelled to passing cars.
Ms Mangola attempted to make dried mangoes by placing them on Mr Wilson's house roof. However, the sun burned them and they stuck to the roof.
"Oh well, we're just going to have to get up there and scrub them off," she said.
Anyone wishing to donate unwanted mangoes to the family can phone Mr Wilson on 0427 889 815.