January 2nd - Fearless
By Max Lucado
"Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never save a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that. People who refused to consult of cower to their timidities did that."
For new years my family come down to Wagga Wagga for a visit. They arrived on the 30th of December and we spent the afternoon chatting and having a BBQ.
On Tuesday we went out to visit Junee, a town not far from Wagga but is well known for the famous sports stars that come from Wagga, including Laurie Daly.
Junee is also home to a haunted house, Monte Cristo. It's pretty much just an old house that had many terrible deaths and brutalities happen there. It is a beautiful old home restored to what it would have looked like back in the 1800s. Walking to the top floor and onto the balcony and looking over the landscape you see a few houses, the town of Junee, and some farming equipment. I tried to envision what it would have looked like back in the 1800s, with just the rolling landscape, beautiful scenery and the calmness that it would have been.
After looking through the house and the stables and keeping Punky and Zee occupied while we were there we all jumped in the car and headed to Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory for lunch.
It was great. Very yummy, and they even had a vegemite sandwich on the menu for Punky. After enjoying lunch we decided to take a tour of the factory. Which was very interesting.
Its started at 2 and we went through and had a look at the machines where they make chocolate coated licorice and walnuts and many other chocolate coated goodness.
The tour was basically just a very interesting talk about the history of how the Junee factory came to be, back in its roots when it was a flour mill and how it came to be a Licorice Factory, one reason being that licorice is 1/3 flour.
If you are down this way Junee is a wonderful small town to visit.
We ended up spending new years eve in, and having a lasagne and playing game until mid night, it was such a big day in Junee we thought something low key at home would be good and was it ever!
New year's day was a bit different, did not hit the predicted 35 degrees, it was overcast. We went over to S grandpas house for a swim in the pool and a BBQ to catch up with some friends. Then spent the rest of the afternoon vegging out, and had pizza for dinner, as you do.
Thursday came along and I was off to work at 10 and everybody was off on there way back to Sydney by then.
It was sad to see them go but also nice to relax in the quietness haha, my family can be quite loud and Punky is getting to be the loudest, it's going to be very interesting when she starts to talk!
Hope all your ny's went well!!