First of all thank you for all the great comments you have been making. I have loved reading them but as my time is limited right now it will be another week before I can pop on over. We are having a great time showing Rose the sights around our area.
Lots of brollies out but it really wasn't raining too badly. We lucked out with the weather as there have been some torrential downpours lately.
After a wonderful tour we were all outside and everyone was snapping pictures.
Below is one of Rose with a very nice gate guard. Rose has not too long ago had surgery on both knees so whenever we know there is a lot of walking to be done, we make use of the wheel chairs provided. Actually we didn't realize that we could get one at first, but when one of the guards saw Rose using her stick at the beginning of our tour, he showed us where we could ask for one. Everyone we met on that tour was absolutely brilliant.
We had to go through the security gates before we went inside and as Rose has titanium pins in both knees the alarms went off. She was asked to step to the side and 'wanded' but it was all done in a very sensitive manner, and when Rose noticed that one of the personnel had the same last name and said that's my name too, he gave her a big hug and said, "Well hi there cousin!" They spent a few minutes chatting away and we eventually continued our tour.
At one point we separated because there was a big flight of stairs, and she and Gregg were taken in a different direction to use an elevator. Do you know they got to see the kitchens? The elevator was too small and only big enough for three people, the two of them and the guard who escorted them. They also got to see where the President's elevator was and that was a small one too.