Sunday, October 1, 2017


We jumped in the car and headed out into the countryside in search of chocolate and roundhouses yesterday for Harry's 9th (belated) birthday gift. After a couple of hours driving past patchwork quilts of vibrant green and gold, we found what we were looking for in the town of Junee...

...and boy did Junee deliver!

We stopped for a quick morning tea at a local bakery and then it was time to get down to the business of trains in roundhouses. 

We've done our fair share of railway museums and this one was up there with the best. 
Harry and Jack lost themselves amongst the giants in the roundhouse, ducking in and out of locos and carriages and comparing them to the model versions we have at home.

 The volunteer guides were a goldmine of stories, just great to have a chat to and the HO scale model railway gave Harry some fab inspiration for his own future design.

I love country towns and country towns with beautiful old buildings are perfection.
After a morning of locos and carriages we popped over to the old flour mill which now houses the Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory. 

It's a foodie's mecca and a popular one at that. We had a totally delicious, lazy lunch in the sunny courtyard of The Millroom, with its live music, grapevines and rustic walls. 

The boys had a play on the jumping castle to burn off some pent up energy while Shan and I had a chat to the resident alpacas. We stocked up on some punchy Raspberry Licorice and belgian chocolate and then decided mid afternoon that, regrettably, it was probably time to head home.

About an hour from home we took a detour off the Hume Highway at Jugiong to grab a coffee at Longtrack Pantry. I've been following these guys on Insta for yonks and finally had the opportunity to experience their incredible coffee and sweet eats. It was heaven! 

The boys had one last play in the nearby park before the last leg of driving, so I snapped a crabapple tree that stood in the playground resplendent in blossom and humming with bees.

Such a delightful day and well worth the drive. 
I love these country adventures!

xx Em

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