Life Part Two

The adventures of Fay and Bob as they move beyond the 9 to 5 life

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Photos of Greenville and the Blue Ridge Parkway

I made a slide show at Picasa of recent photos I took around Greenville and into NC.   You will see the Biltmore Estate grounds, Greenville, Furman University, Paris Mountain, Caesars Head State Park, Pretty Place (yes that is it’s real name), NC waterfalls, the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and our back yard.

Click here to see the slide show.  On the far left click on slideshow.


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Upcountry History Museum, wood turning, Biltmore

A week ago last Monday we went on our last walking tour at the
Upcountry History Museum in downtown Greenville.  What a great new style of museum.   Instead of a bunch of artifacts that you learn about they have about 50 interactive displays (with some artifacts) that tell the history of the SC Upcountry from the Cherokee settlements to the textile mills.  They also just opened a World War II exhibit.   We were there 2 hours on our tour and barely scratched the surface.  Can’t wait to go back.

On Saturday we went to the Southern Highland Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC (about 30 minutes from our home).   We had been there before twice to look at all the items for sale and on display as folk art but this time we went to join the American Wood Turning Guild and listen to a presentation on more advanced wood turning.  The items on display were breathtaking.  Pictures to come later.  This Sunday Bob and I take a pen turning class and in January I take the same class Bob took for 5 weeks.

On Sunday we spent most of the afternoon with the instructor Bob had for his wood turning class and he showed Bob how to sharpen his tools and then showed us his work and sent up home with a trunk full of sycamore wood to turn.

This last Monday we went back to the Biltmore to see all the Christmas trees and the house decorated for the holidays.  They had something like 45 decorated trees.   One live cut tree was 38 feet.  They replace it once through the holiday season.  Unfortunately no photos indoors.   We had a delicious lunch at the Winery Bistro and then attended a little Red Wine and Chocolate activity.

Weather has been rainy and overcast, typical fall day with temperatures about 45 and night and 55 during the day.

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The world is beautiful

Here is an assortment of pretty photos I thought you might enjoy.

Biltmore Estate in Asheville

Our backyard


Show and tell at the last Greenville Woodworkers Guild Meeting
These are examples of wood turning which Bob has been learning how to do.

wood turning

More wood turning

So far he has done some practice bowls and a beautiful little covered jar.   As soon as I put a finish on the pieces you will see photos.   Neither of us can believe how much he learned in a few weeks.

Fay and Tanya Cuddling – Tanya gets a tummy rub