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The second weekend of may found us on the road again to visit Wagga …a planned ITF weekend with our sister organization in N.S.W. The following is the report I{June,my grandma} wrote for our monthly ITF newsletter.

 

The families of three exchange teachers from Victoria and three from N.S.W. met Friday night at the home of Christine Seaman in Wagga Wagga. Leslie Parking, Joe Milling, and their 2 children, Julie Ann and Travis along with myself, June Potts and Stefanie drove together. En route we picked up Jeannie Whitehead in Wodonga.

Wagga Wagga is the largest inland city in NSW and is located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.

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The city is at the crossroads of the Olympic and Sturt Highways and close to the ½ way point between Melbourne and Sydney.

Our day on Saturday began visiting the market on the grounds of the Civic Centre. There were several stalls of fresh produce, honey, nuts, jams, coffee, lavender products to name a few. As we wandered from stall to stall, live music put a smile on our faces and a little jig to our step. Adjacent to the open air market was the Art Gallery, the National Art Glass Gallery and the Museum. We were most fortunate to see a glass exhibit which is visiting the gallery from May until the end of July. Two artists who have their work on display, Jan Aspiralt and Norman Birrell, were present this Saturday to talk about their lives and their art in glass. One statement by Norman Birrell really caught my attention: “Art making is an autobiographical process through which the artist expresses in varying degrees, inner values and attitudes.

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” Theses pieces of glass were truly magnificent and how lucky we were to see this art and have the opportunity to listen to and meet these artists, Jan and Norman. While the adults were in the gallery, Christine took all the children into the museum to see the painted horses.

Our next stop Saturday morning was a visit to Charles Sturt University’s Winery and Cheese Factory. As we drove up the windy road to the University we were delighted to see several kangaroos and a couple with a joey hopping freely around the grounds. What an introduction to a Uni!   This University is a producer of premium table wines. It is an integral part of Australia’s leading wine science school and achieves excellence in viticulture practices and wine making techniques. The generous samples we all taste can attest to this high quality of both red and white wine.

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Following a hearty lunch on the beach we drove a half hour to visit a lavender farm. Doug Bye, the owner of this farm provided an entertaining talk about the varieties of lavender and the products his wife makes from the oil and dried lavender. The children as well as the adults enjoyed patting and feeding the llamas and a lamb found on the property.

Our last stop for the day was in Junee at the licorice and chocolate factory. We had fun here learning about and tasting the licorice and then playing a bowling game to win a bag of licorice. It was good that we were all winners!

Our place for tea was at the Wagga Wagga winery. Here we chose our meat and went to an adjoining room to cook this meat.

Sunday morning we met again at the Botanical Gardens for morning tea.

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Joe celebrated his 39 and holding birthday with us in this beautiful setting. The children loved the zoo and the Kids World Play Area. By noon we said our goodbyes to our host families and headed home.

Our thanks to Christine Seaman who did a brilliant job organizing this weekend for us. On behalf of all of us, our sincere thanks for choosing the highlights of Wagga for us to learn about and enjoy. Thank you to our hosts for your hospitality, kindness and generosity in hosting us.

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