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My family and I would love to go to the States for Christmas, and God has provided a way! I’m working at Harrods for the month of October on my days that I don’t teach. Praise God! Friday, Saturday and Monday. It will be a gruelling month, but I’m focused on the goal, my second home away from home, Iowa for the Holidays. Family gathered together around the fire, endless array of yummy food, laughter from family and loved ones, and prayer together as a family again. It is about the only time for us to be all together. We will be, Lord willing, the ones travelling on Christmas Eve…..the ones you think, why are you travelling at a time like this? Now I understand why? Being with the family is so special to us and so rare. You just never know if we will all be there the next time we meet. Life is so fragile, we must treasure every moment together.
Harrods is definitely an experience. I work in the Musical Instruments department. I’m a specialist of Roland, makers of Digital pianos, upright and Grand. I’m helping Roland out until they hire a full time consultant. I was tempted with the full time position……but I did not come here for a career, I left that in Iowa, I’m here to help my husband as he pastors the church here in London. My boys as well, they need their mum. And I LOVE being with them. So "NO", to Harrods for full time, so hey, I can "experience HARRODs" for the month of October. 🙂
I hope to sell a couple of Grands, I must be more agressive in my sales pitch, because the customer needs to buy now, not next month, because I need the extra commission. Commission on top of my daily rate…..YAYAYAYAY! Shopping money. It is so much fun walking through this icon of a store! It is filled with everything imaginable. I’m still getting lost. I have been having a wonder, and exploring, I heard there is a terrace on the fifth floor that is outside, I have yet to find it, I can’t wait to have a look and take pictures.
I’m on my feet the whole time, that is so exhausting! Finding the right shoes, uggh! I think I may have found right shoes, we will see next Monday. 5 pianos down, only three days of work, this is what I have sold, plus my collegues. It looks like I get commission from their sales too! Every bit will help. Only three days a week and I really hope and pray to sale some Grand pianos. It is a fabulous product, superb touch, always in tune, and each piano has a feature that will benefit any level of player. Have I got you hooked yet? The music you hear on this blog is from my Roland Grand, KR115. I’m in total love with this piano. I can record music, arrange instruments, and rhythms and save and load to the computer and make my own CD’s. It is also a great teaching tool for me in relationship to my students. Go the Rolands website listed on my links and check out this fabulous product.
I must mention the most expensive piano on the floor is a Bosendorfer Grand Piano – 89,000 pounds!!! I will see if I can sneak a picture and put it on here. Can you imagine……I will try to play it this week, and record the sounds. This particular piano has been commissioned by Porsche. It is very sleek and modern. Bosendorfer pianos are made in Vienna, and they are gorgeous and sooooo expensive. So I must lure the customers to my area, and sale them on to Roland and pray that they buy!! Please pray for me, wouldn’t it be a miracle if a could sale a target of 50,000 pounds or more??
Just a few pictures of my adventure…. in the above album…..my uniform I bought it at Mark & Spencers, cheap and machine washable, skirt was only 15pounds and the jacket 35pounds and blouse was 7.50. I just love Mark and Spencers they have classy things yet attainable for my budget, this is the first time I have bought clothes here, I have always just browsed, this time I had an excuse. LOL. Starbucks I found is right across the street (went there for my tea break, and no I did not have tea, had a cappuccino , I love tea, but I needed the power of coffee)outside of door 10, yes, each door is numbered and I never noticed, it seems that I only pay attention when I’m in charge of my own direction, this is a terrible weakness of mine, even though I still get lost!! I guess I just get "lost" in the moment and relax and I let others, like my hubby keep me pointed in the right direction.
Stay tuned……adventure continues……
Driving in the UK has been a real "trip" for me! LOL This week has been no exception….Tuesday I was light-hearted knowing that my commute would be a bit easier, because my lessons scheduled were in a lower congestion area, WRONG! I had a huge diversion on a dual carriageway (two-lane road). Traffic was literally at a standstill, I have faced congestion before MANY TIMES but this was different, unusual for this road. The tom-tom (SAT nav) keeps posted the time of arrival, and I kept watching the minutes tick by as we sat there and barely moved. So many kept turning around, this is a curious sight to behold, backing up and turning around in the lane you are in. This was a clue to me, maybe I need to turn around too, but this is the only way I’m familiar with, I don’t have time to spare going on a discovery of new sights and roads, but when the fire brigade (fire truck) came by and we all scrambled to make room for them to pass, I thought well, I must do the inevitable, turn around in the lane, there must be an incident (accident of some sort) ahead, so I called my hubby and cried on his shoulder, at least at this point I was calmer than usual, all I could think of, I can just make it, and not miss all three lesson, even one lesson missed would be a twenty pound loss for the night!
So my hubby encouraged me to turn around and he went online at home and guided me on an alternative route because the tom-tom would probably keep directing me to this road. Off I went, at first it was okay, then the my mobile kept cutting off Jonathan, and now is not the time for my mobile to fail, desperately trying to stay in contact with him, I kept forging ahead, then I was on this road, the back road of roads, room for one car to pass, literally one lane, but cars were still trying to pass, you just pull off to this little place in the hedge, and these hedges are 12 or 14 feet high!!! I was comforted that a little car was in front of me, so I just stuck real close, well, by now, I knew I was going to be late, and miss the first lesson, I’m freaking out but so thankful it is not dark. I have been through that before, I call it my Stephen King experience of driving on England’s roads at night, in the fog, no one on the road but me, low on petro (gas), around 11:00 at night, and soooooo scary, now that time I was crying and telling the Lord I can’t do this…..I just wanted to stop, and quit, and of all lanes, that one was called Honey Lane, not sweet to me at the time, the road was even wet, all I could think of was flooding, which was happening that time of year. I ended up on this road because I took the wrong turn, and I followed the tom-tom, and it was just guiding me the quickest route, not matter what road, even a rural road, this road even had a one car pass bridge! I was so scared, the fog literally just appeared when I turned down this road, so frightening! I was not calm on the mobile this time with my hubby, he found my location on Google and told me just keep driving, so white knuckled fingers on the steering wheel, I kept on……Finally the road just dumped onto the Motorway, lights, cars and the road home, at last.
Back to my original story……winding and curving I was on my way, just waiting for a familiar road, just like life, we depend on the Lord to guide us even when we can’t see ahead. This is when faith develops, knowing that God Almighty will carry us through the good and bad times. I don’t like not being able to see what’s ahead, even when a lorry (truck) is front of me, I want to get around it so I can see. So when I’m driving and I can’t find my way, lost and desperate, stomach hurting because I’m scared, I pray, but am I really learning, grasping the situation is in someone’s hands, the safest hands in all the earth, my Father’s. It reminds me of my little boy, Josiah, when I leave for work and he kisses me goodbye, he tells me "hope God puts a shield over you." Well, that night that I had my Stephen King driving experience, I remembered Josiah’s prayer over me, and I was comforted that out of my child’s mouth was a prayer that God heard, and He did put a shield over me that night. How soon I forget of the power of God. Increase my faith, oh Lord, don’t let me forget "faith is the substance (assurance) of things hoped for, the evidence (proving) of things not seen." Heb. 11:1 I know God has protected me so many times, from cars with road rage, pulling around me, cutting me off, someone banging on my car with their fist when at a light, and cars hooting (honking) at me when in Central London, at the round-abouts. 🙂
And me just driving, on the wrong side, trying to sort out the roads, learning to pay attention to the road sign, especially the white diamond on the road, I found out later what that meant the hard way, it means don’t enter, no wonder the driver in the opposite car was looking at me strange, so when I turn I look for that blessed blue arrow and the absence of the white diamond! I must remember that God has assured to me, a hope that He will never leave me, and many times proved to me a safety in Him that I could not always see, until later.
I know people ask why do I drive when I could take the train? I have contemplated this many times, well, I may take the train, but I would still need to take a bus to my different lessons, and that could take 30 minutes to an hour, so tom-tom in hand I go with a prayer on my heart and I can arrive at my destination with a cushion of time for travel unless an incident occurs, and I have to miss because of a diversion. It is so funny that I just live 18 miles from Central London, and my lessons I have blocked together according to location and it takes an hour and 30 minutes average to get to my first lesson, so crazy! Sometimes it takes 15 minutes just to go 5 miles! The roads are not straight, so many turns! So I have to plan and leave accordingly! Which has been good for me!!?? Can’t be tardy! It has taken me almost a year to learn the system, and I’m still learning but, I can actually drive home without the tom-tom; I still turn it on if I take the wrong turn. I could not have made it without "Bonnie", my tom-tom, she is our second one, "Beatrice" died on us a couple of weeks ago. LOL I know some prefer maps but I’m one that has seen the benefit of gadgets and like then and not paper and pages to turn while driving, even better when you can buy them heavily reduced!!
My students are really precious to me, God has supplied every one of them, and I can see how God has been "faithful to me." Last Tuesday arriving at my last lesson, road weary and a bit stressed, this little three year old girl, answered the door, she asked me,”Can I give you a huddle?" I did not quite understand her, and she asked me again, then I asked, “do you mean a hug?" She nodded, I thought that was so sweet it just made my day, her mummy told me that she had waited up for me to give me a kiss, but I’m really glad she gave me a "huddle". I much prefer hugs to kisses! Do you think a "huddle", is a cuddle with a hug? At the end of the day, God is still with me, as He was with me in the beginning of the day, how can I help but love Him, and serve him until my dying day?
As I drove home, listening to, "Be Still, My soul", the one phrase really meant a lot to me, "To guide the future as He has the past". My faith is growing and it takes experiences to see the power of God at work. I drove home with a greater appreciation for the God I serve, and I could not help but to smile because He sent a "huddle" my way after a stressful day.
British vs. American
Crisps vs. Chips
Chips vs. Fries
"Cheerio" vs. "Goodbye"
Second Hand vs. Used
Telly vs. Television
Takeaway vs. To-go
Boot vs. Trunk
Motorway vs. Interstate
"Sorry" vs. "Excuse me"
"Luv" vs. "Honey"
Chap vs. Guy
Trolley vs. Cart
Queue vs. Line
Tick vs. Check
Till vs. Register
"Brilliant" vs. "Great"
Flat vs. Apartment
Maisonette vs. Town home
Biscuits vs. Cookies
Petro vs. Gas
Sweets vs. Candy
Pound vs. Dollar
Pence vs. Penny
Streaky Bacon vs. Bacon Strips
Mince Beef vs. Ground Steak
Reception Room vs. Living Room
Glazed Windows vs. Doubled-paned Windows
Sandwich tins vs. Cake Pans
60ml vs. 4 tbls
Celsius vs. Fahrenheit
Rubbish vs. Trash
Argos vs. K’s Merchandise
Asda vs. Wal-Mart
Lidle vs. Aldi’s
Boots vs. Walgreen’s
TKMAXX vs. TJMAXX
Subway vs. Walkway
Tram vs. Trolley (Electric Car)
Tube vs. Subway
UK vs. US
Radiators vs. Vents
Mobile vs. Cell
Chip & Pin vs. Credit Card Swipe
Tea vs. Coffee
Prime Minister vs. President
Bobby vs. Cop
Toilet vs. Restroom
Washroom vs. Bathroom
Water Closet vs. 1/2 Bath
"I’ll give you a ring" vs. "I’ll call you"
Half past 10:00 vs. 10:30
Diary vs. Calendar
To let vs. to rent
Solicitor vs. Lawyer
Give Way vs. Yield
Round-about vs. Intersection
"Happy Christmas" vs. "Merry Christmas"
Estate Agent vs. Realtor
Mate vs. Buddy
Hump vs. Speed Bumps
Rubbish Bin vs. Garbage Can
Sack vs. Bag
Hoot vs. Honk
Dual Carriage Way vs. Four-Lane Highway
Nappy vs. Diapers
Pram vs. Stroller
Nursery vs. Kindergarten
Primary School vs. Grade School
College vs. 11th & 12th Grade
Washer in Kitchen vs. Laundry Room
Hob vs. Stove-top
Motor vs. Car
Fairy (Tree-topper) vs. Angel
B & Q vs. Home Depot
Postcode vs. Zip code
Let down vs. Drop you off
Wind machine vs. Fan
Gone wrong vs. Broken
Verge vs. Shoulder
Bits vs. Pieces
"Have a go" vs. "Try it out"
"Sort it out" vs. "Figure it out"
"Right" vs. "Okay"
Sofa vs. couch
"Hiya" vs. "Hello"
"Are you alright?" vs. "How are you?"
Over the top vs. Awesome
Posh vs. Expensive
Smart vs. Stylish
Lift vs. Elevator
AE (Accident & Emergency) vs. Emergency Room
Junction vs. Exit
Motorway vs. Interstate
Grit vs. Sand
Sodium Barcarbonate vs. Baking Soda
Icing vs. Powder Sugar
Bungalow vs. Ranch Home
Vicar vs. Pastor
Registrar vs. County Recorder
Sick vs. Vomit
1 Stone vs. 14lbs
Kilos vs. Lbs
Query vs. Questions
Cheque vs. Check
Garden vs. Yard
Nicked vs. Stolen
"Brilliant" vs. "Cool"
Chemist vs. Pharmacist
Hire a car vs. Rent a car
Semiquaver vs. 16th note
Quaver vs. 8th note
Crotchet vs. Quarter note
Semibreve (semybreeve) vs. Whole note
"Well done" vs. "Good Job"
"Cheers" vs. "Thanks"
Luvely-Jubbly vs. A-okay
These are some of the terms that I have encountered since my move to the United Kingdom, not to mention a whole way of describing notation of music, American equivalents make sense mathematically! My mentor told me with tongue-in-cheek that in my lesson observation I did well trying to implement the British notation system, and my attempt to pronounce, Semibreve, I was saying, "semabrevay!"
I’ve been thinking about the word "REVIVAL". This word has been on my mind for several months. Websters II definition is, 1. an act of reviving or the state of being revived 2. Restoration to use, acceptance, activity, or vigor after obscurity or quiescence (to rest, inactive or still: dormant). There are more but I like this second one the best. I have been praying for Revival…..to happen here in England, but not just here, but all of Europe. We need God to restore us. I know for Revival to start on a global event it must start individually.
My heart was pricked today, and because of the words of my husband in church today, I was reminded of this word "REVIVAL". Let me first talk a bit about his message. He challenged all of us…."We must get back to our first love". Think about the time you first fell in love with the Lord and how you wanted Jesus to be your all in all. Rememeber how much you wanted His spirit, and how you would do anything to recieve it? How you felt when you recieved it, so new, so clean! You could not wait to get to church, late? No way, you here either first, or very early. Remember those days……Well we must get back to it! "Are you still protecting and valuing this gift? What have you piled on top of your Holy Ghost?" More quotes…."The Lord dwells amongst the praises of His people", HALLELUJAH!!! Surround yourself with God’s people, and the Lord is there!!! "We can sit here and die, or we can get-up and move forward and find God working for us, and we will find spoil, exceeding riches, blest with all spiritual blessings." Amen! "Let go of our past and look for our future." "There’s more in the Spirit!" "Knowledge alone puffeth us up, we need life and more abundantly." "Without the Holy Spirit we are doomed." "We need a spirit of conviction! "The whole church needs this spirit of repentance." "We have hope….take the time in this life to do it right!" "Don’t wait for tomorrow! Today is the day of salvation!" " We must be persistant until God answers." He also read to us in Acts 4:31, "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were ALL FILLED with the Holy Ghost, (this was after Acts 2, so how many were refilled?), and they spake the word of God with boldness." The building shook!! That is what we need for our praises to shake up the building! vs32 says."them that believed were of one heart and of one soul…"
Again what about our heart? This is where I will go back to the word "Revival". The Bible mentions the word "REVIVE". Isa 57:15, "For thus saith the high and loftly One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Key words that stand out to me concerning my heart, contrite and humble. He WILL revive me if my heart is in this state, contrite and humble. My prayer is that individually we will become humble and contrite, get back to our first love, empty our cup of self, and let Jesus fill it up with Him. That which has been resting, or dormant, can no longer be obscure, but full of vigor, that is us, me and you. We must pray for "REVIVAL"!! "Wilt thou revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Shew us with thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation." Psa. 85:6-7
"Give us an experience ….refill us!" And this is what happened in our evening service. It was powerful!! We did not start with a song, we all gathered together and just prayed and praised the Lord. The building did not shake, but we ALL were stirred by God’s powerful spirit. The young people were so touched, in so much that Sam Kalu was filled with this precious Holy Spririt!!! Thank you Jesus! We have really had a burden for our youth, and tonight really was special to them, and it was evident how much they loved the presence of the Lord, and the excitement and expectancy for the next service. We left the service tonight, old and young, some filled, and some of us refilled, thank you Lord for stirring our hearts today through the words of Jonathan, now may your precious Spirit help us to be changed, and not just stirred. So let this "REVIVAL" start……….
Please pray with me…Sis. Hoblet from the Warren, Michigan Assembly (Br. Waters church), is in Paris, France this weekend. She has been travelling Europe the past month, on a mission, finding God’s people and reuniting fellowship. This sister is amazing!!! She will be 80 this December and she is not weary in the Lord at all!! She reminds me of Caleb, in Joshua 14:10b-12,"I am this day fourscore and five years old (85). As yet I am strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. Now therefore give me this mountain…..if so the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said." Caleb was 40 when Moses sent him to spy out the land, and yet 45 years later, and many experiences under his belt, he was still on fire for the Lord!!! He had seen it all! The discouragements and the victories, the judgements of the Lord, and the blessings of the children of Israel in the wilderness. And to think that Caleb’s only friend that survived the perils of the wilderness with him was Joshua! This spiritual strength and physical stamina is definitely present in Sis. Hoblet. There is something special about her generation. I look at my generation, and my heart is pricked. Where are the Sis. Hoblet’s of my generation? I may have the physical stamina, but what about the spiritual strength?? Am I moved to easily by my circumstances?? Am I looking around me, and not looking up?? Do I REALLY believe that God is ALMIGHTY?? How easily am I discouraged??? My heart is humbled….."I NEED YOU, LORD!"
Sis. Hoblet has really been an inspiration to me. She is one of those people that when you leave her presence you feel closer to the Lord. I thoroughly enjoyed her spiritual wisdom through her "metaphorical garden", I will never look at a garden the same! I was only able to spend a few hours with her when she passed our way here in London, with her lovely granddaughter Jacqui, last month, but I’m so glad I did! She came to be with us and our people for a few days. She left our people so encouraged and blessed. Like I said, what an inspiration!! London was just the beginning of her journey. She was on her way to Holland seeking God’s people. Being Dutch herself she had contacts to look up and new contacts to visit with. She has such a burning desire to spread the Gospel of Jesus here in Europe. This is what I mean about Caleb! She wants to take this "mountain". Please pray with me that the seed that she has planted will now grow. She is going to have church in Paris this weekend. Her desire is for all of us to gather together, from Holland, Belguim, Paris, and London and fellowship. She has been "mountain climbing" for the past 5 weeks, seeking, looking, and being with God’s people. I have this burden now for Europe! Now that I’m here, I can see the need of the Gospel of Jesus, but not just here in England, but all of Europe. Because of my friends, Neil and Cherie Morse, we have travelled to Germany, and we have met God’s people that are longing for a closer walk with God. So please pray with me…….God will send REVIVAL…..to all of Europe, and the seeds that have been planted by Sis. Hoblet, Br. Neil Morse, and Br. Jonathan Goodwin will GROW! It takes the Master Gardener to water the soil, He needs to rain down on us, HIS SPIRIT!! In the meantime, we must "go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15 and then wait….and pray……for the rain.
This is what I love about England….its vast history. It is everywhere, and I have discovered another hot spot of adventure, the Hatfield House, in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. This is literally at my back door. 1000 of acres of lush greenery, walkways and wild life. It is spectacular. This is my local gym!!! I love to jog, and I love this place. It is private, gated, and I get free entry because I’m a resident of Hatfield. The boys love playing at the park, and Jonathan enjoys his walks here also. This is a lovely place to escape to, getting away from the hustle and bustle of life here in London, and taking time to play, pray and just have a rest. The British thrive on their Gardens. It is evident here at the Hatfield House. We still need to discover the inside of the Hatfield house and private gardens, this is on our "Field Trip list" for the boys coming School year 2008/2009.
I hope you enjoy the pictures of the Hatfield house and its many walkways and forest paths.
Here is a bit of history, it is indeed fascinating………
The history of Hatfield House begins in about 1485, when John Morton, Bishop of Ely, built Hatfield Palace. It was a big quadrangle of russet brick; one side of it, containing the Banqueting Hall, still stands to the west of the present House. When Henry VIII dispersed the possessions of the Church, he took it over and used it chiefly as a residence for his children, Mary, Elizabeth and Edward. Hatfield is most associated with Elizabeth who spent much of her childhood happily at Hatfield in company with her young brother Edward and sharing his education. After Henry VIII’s death, Elizabeth’s life became troubled and during the reign of her sister Mary, Elizabeth found herself virtually a prisoner. She lived as splendidly as she could; we hear of a gorgeous masque and play being given for her entertainment in the Hall, and of a message sent by her sister the Queen that such frivolous activities must be discontinued!
In 1558 Mary died. Seated under an oak tree in the park, Elizabeth was reading when the news of her accession was brought to her. (Hatfield, the Park, an oak tree marks the place where the young Princess Elizabeth first heard of her accession to the throne).
Her first act was to send for William Cecil, afterwards Lord Burghley (1520-1598). Elizabeth appointed him her Principal Secretary; he remained her chief minister for the rest of his life. Her first Council was held in the Great Hall but after this she spent little time at Hatfield.
Hatfield House was completed in 1611. It was built by Robert Cecil, first Earl of Salisbury and son of Lord Burghley, the chief minister of Elizabeth I. The deer park surrounding the house and the older building of the Old Palace had been owned by Elizabeth’s father, Henry VIII, who had used it as a home for his children, Edward, Elizabeth and Mary.
The Cecils’ former home was at Theobalds, also in Hertfordshire. In 1607, Elizabeth’s heir, James I offered to exchange Theobalds for the Old Palace and manor of Hatfield. A draft Parliamentary Act of exchange survives in the Cecil Papers at Hatfield, dated May 1607. Salisbury began building work immediately. The main architect of the house was Robert Lemynge but Simon Basil, the Surveyor of the King’s Works and Inigo Jones also contributed to the design.
Salisbury had been appointed Lord Treasurer in April 1607 as well as Chief Secretary, but, he became ill and died, aged only 48, in April 1612. Although he was buried in Hatfield, he didn’t live to enjoy the house that was to become the home of his descendants for the next 400 years
Hatfield House is now the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury.
Visitors can enjoy extensive walks in the 1000 acres of park with woodland trails and a wonderful spring bluebell display.
There is a play area for younger visitors with plenty of grassy space for running around. Picnic tables are provided under the trees to while away a pleasant afternoon.
I stayed in a Castle, this very Castle! Wow, it was so fabulous! Last month Jonathan and I went to Germany to be with the Morse’s while Neal was working for the Lord. The Castle was sponsoring Neal, and those involved were able to stay there, and we also were invited to stay. Cherie cooked for all of us, and we had time to sit around the table and talk about the Lord. This is where we met our new brothers and sisters in the Lord, from Belgium, Holland, and of course Germany. The host of this castle, Werner and Susann, were fantasitic to all of us. They have such a zeal to see the work of the Lord prosper, and thier burning desire is for the Castle to be a place for God’s work to flourish. Please pray for us, that the Lord will open the door for this to happen. Maybe someday we will all meet there…….
Just a bit of history of this Castle…
This picturesque, once moated Weiler castle, built during the third quarter of the 17th Century (1653 – 67) – now protected by a dry moat – with its tasteful renaissance gables, consists of two wings that meet at right-angles to each other with a polygon stair tower, the te-renaissance portal of which bears the date 1667.
The castle was the property of the Count of Sch�nborn-Wiesentheid whose anscestors Weiler bought it in 1648 and are recognised as the builders of the castle as it now stands. The castle was built during the reign of Johann-Philipp von Sch�nborn. He was Bishop of W�rzburg, Duke of Franken, 63rd Archbishop of Mainz and 47th Crown Prince of Mainz (1647 – 1673).
After centuries of ownership by the Dukes of Sch�nborn, Weiler castle was passed to private ownership a few years ago since when it has undergone a ground-breaking, first rate restoration.