I've added another candle to the cake this week and as a special occasion whilst we were together as a family for the summer holidays, we always try to have an outing as an excuse to celebrate anything! We paid a visit to a truly great local tourist attraction - the Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory. Mix the two and wow, their chocolate-coated licorice is scrumptious. Do pay them a visit if you can. They were the winner of the Best Tourist Attraction in Inland NSW in 2006. We all had so much fun and laughed the day away even though it was an extremely hot summer's day. Was a girls' day, Grandma, two daughters and 4 granddaughters!
Photo shows the owner in front of the historic Junee Flour Mill, built in 1935. Flour is the main component of licorice and theirs is organic licorice in a traditional full-flavoured soft rope style. It's very medicinal and it's my worst weakness! Plus, chocolate is good for your heart, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure and reduces stress! What more can I say?
Whilst the granddaughters were visiting, they had fun using my Shiva Stiks and painted fabric to make a pencil case, a drawstring bag and a denim pouch. All used my sewing machine and overlocker too and I was very proud how much they remembered from our last sewing day January 12 months ago. Wish they lived nearer!
Note the plastic tablecloth and newspaper, as well as all adorned in Grandpa's oldest shirts!
Kept them quiet and amused for hours!
Courtney, Kirsten and Ashleigh (Jasmine had gone home)
Choosing the colour arrangement and fixing the crystals.
Each made a different design.
Four proud girls with their accomplishments from their visit to the farm!
When you phone us, it is most likely that you speak to Brenda, so allow me to introduce her. Last week I was preparing the next Free Project for my website but needed a "model", so Brenda agreed. Here she is "hamming it up" for the camera as I told her "you need to pose, not just stand there". The yummy Yo-Yo Vest is made with the Small Clover Yo-Yo Maker and will be added to the Free Projects in February. In the meantime, drool, via La-La-La Brenda, no relation to Elle!
Judy & John Hall live on 100 acres in a small country town, The Rock, (near Wagga Wagga in the Riverina) N.S.W. Australia – inland, about halfway between Melbourne and Sydney. Here they run their Mail Order business as well as an Emu Farm and breed sheep.
Judy loves sewing in general, anything to do with a sewing machine be it quilting, embroidery, home décor, crafts or clothing. She holds Retreats at The Rock as well as teaching and lecturing on the Show Circuit in every State of Australia and writes editorials for many National Magazines.