Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ruth Comes to Visit Us!

Ground-Breaking for the New Seminary Building
February 17 - on a damp, cold winter day (cold for SC), just before Ruth got here. This would be Ruth's worksite for the next week, grinding back the mortar between the bricks on the face of the building, and cleaning bricks that had been torn off the front of the building, which would be used to make the window openings smaller.

We took Ruth out for an afternoon to experience the downtown area of our beautiful city, Greenville. At the end of our walk downtown, we came to Reedy River Park.

What the writer was thinking of with the song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow..." (actually, it was some of Ruth's hair in front of the lens)

At the top of Reedy River Falls

Erosion can be pretty

Early daffodils

The day before Ruth left, we went to J. Verne Smith Park (on John A. Robinson Lake) for a picnic. We didn't realize the park closed at 6PM, but the kind rangers left it open a little bit longer. We had a good bbq and a wonderful time.

Phillip is ready to chauffeur Ruth back to Canada...

Visit Ruth's Blog to see her side of the story.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Our visit to Biltmore Estate.

Our chance to visit the Biltmore House (finally!) came by way of the Seminary on January 26. They had a good group rate that we got in on. It was just for the afternoon which only gave us enough time to quickly see the house. It sure was worth every penny though!

For those of you who like a little history:

Biltmore House took six years and 1,000 men to build; it opened its doors on Christmas Eve in 1895. With a 390-foot fa├žade, the House has more than 11 million bricks, 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, 43 bathrooms, 34 bedrooms, and three kitchens, all of which are contained in over four acres of floor space. The massive stone spiral staircase rises four floors and has 102 steps. Through its center hangs an iron chandelier weighing 1,700 pounds and containing 72 electric light bulbs.

At its completion, Biltomore House was one of the most innovative and technologically advanced homes in the world. Imagine indoor hot and cold running water, elevators, indoor heating, a fire alarm system, refrigeration, electric lightbulbs, and 10 Bell telephones - all unheard-of luxuries at the turn of the century.

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

January 23-24
When our dear friends offered to babysit Phillip for two days, we
spontaneously decided to head toward the mountains for a two-
day trip on the Parkway. We started out on the Parkway at
Roaring Gap/Cherry Lane, heading west toward Asheville.

The Parkway runs along the top of a continuous ridge, often making for
beautiful scenery on both sides of the road. Here is the beautiful scenery of my wife with a marvellous vista behind.

We stayed in a great hotel/resort at Blowing Rock, in the VIP suite due to terrific off-season discount rates.

For supper, we went out quite late to a nice little restaurant in downtown Blowing Rock.
The next day was also wonderful, except that we came across this sign much too often... Unfortunately, most of the parkway was closed the next day due to ice and snow patches. Nevertheless, the trip was scenic, as we still drove on many mountain rodes all the way to Asheville.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

An afternoon walk around Greenville.

We spent an afternoon in the middle of January walking around downtown Greenville. The weather was a little cool but we still really enjoyed it!