Walking tour

Happy 4th of July to those of you out there celebrating it! May your picnic food be delightful and your fireworks light up your night.

(Photo by Robin. 2006)

M and I are going into Philly tonight. You know, the place where all the Independence Day chatting and signing took place. I hear they do it up right in Philadelphia. I’m looking forward to it.

They have two fireworks displays in Philly. One is by the waterfront and takes place over the weekend. Tonight’s is the big deal that they show on television in these parts and happens at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There’s a concert (Hall & Oates are the headliners) followed by the fireworks.

I’m told we will be swimming in a vast sea of humanity. I figure it can’t be any worse than the 4th of July in Chicago. Can it?

I’m sure it will be fun.

M and I are also celebrating something else today. This is the 32nd anniversary of the day we met. That’s the real reason for all the fireworks. 😉

On Sunday a friend from Philly came to West Chester (which we all know is Sabbaticalville) for a visit. We had a lovely day with perfect weather for taking a walking tour of the town.

We started with an Irish brunch at Kildare’s. The food was delicious, the Bloody Marys were a tad bit weak, and the live (Irish) music was wonderful. After brunch we began our stroll around WC. Here are a few photos from our walk:

(Gay St. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

(Still on Gay St. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

(Hitching post. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

(Sharpless Works. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

This apartment complex is the Sharpless Works, formerly a factory. In 1881, Philip M. Sharples founded the Sharpless Cream Separator Works to manufacture a device he invented (or rather, his version of a device invented by the Swiss) to separate cream from milk. Apparently the dairy industry was pretty big around here during that time period and this device reduced the labor needed to process milk, allowed more people to keep a cow, and enabled farmers to specialize their milk products for different markets.

(Sharpless Works. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

I really admire what they did with the buildings. Judging from the photos at the website I linked to above, the apartments are pretty nice.

(Courthouse. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

The courthouse was built in 1846. The six Corinthian columns are made of cast iron. The statue in front stands 19 feet tall and is known as Old Glory.

(House we stopped to admire. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

(Firehouse doorway on Church St. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

This doorway is part of the home of the First West Chester Fire Company. The building itself was constructed in 1888. The tower of the building was used for drying fire hoses. Interesting little tidbit: In 1895 a tightrope walker, George W. Lesley, stretched a rope from the tower to the building across the street and walked across high above Church Street.

Later in the day, when M came home from work (yes, he occasionally works on Sundays), we all went for a drive around the countryside in the convertible with the top down. It was definitely top down weather. We eventually ended up at the Brandywine River Museum where we had a look at the Brandywine River.

(Brandywine River. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

Just for comparison, this is what the Brandywine looked like the last time M and I were at the Brandywine River Museum:

(Brandywine River. Photo by Robin. January 2007)

That’s all folks…

(Pig sculpture. Brandywine River Museum. Photo by Robin. July 2007)

Not really.  There’s one more thing.  M and I are headed home to the Bogs tomorrow for another quick cleaning and maintenance visit.  We’ll be back sometime next week.