Inn It To Win It: The Swamp Rabbit Inn

first_imgWith two locations, a bike rental shop, and a cycling app, the Swamp Rabbit Inn is changing the way cyclists do Greenville. This is not your traditional BnB.It’s hot in Greenville, S.C., today. My plan of riding 20 miles on the Swamp Rabbit Trail melting away as the mercury rises. Instead, I get to spend my afternoon indoors, meeting with Wendy Lynam, owner and founder of the Swamp Rabbit Inn. This Greenville-based Bed and Breakfast is unlike any BnB you’ve visited. Built along the Swamp Rabbit Trail—an immensely popular 20-mile greenway connecting Greenville and Travelers Rest, the Swamp Rabbit Inn caters to cyclists looking to explore the greater Greenville area while offering a relaxing and unique environment to call home during your travels.Not Your Traditional Bed and BreakfastWalking into the Swamp Rabbit Inn’s flagship location is like venturing into the life-size pages of an Ikea catalog. It’s clean, modern, funky, and beautiful. Every room is unique. Everything has its place. I feel at home here. The walls covered with the thank yous of former guests let you know how special the place is.Each room is named and themed after a different animal, in French, which is painted on the wall near their doors. Varying in size and amenities, the rooms cater to a wide range of guest preferences. Visiting cyclists will appreciate the bike stands in each room, the tools in the shed, and a cleaning station for your ride. There are four bikes available in the house for guests to take when they want.The second Tuesday of every month, the inn hosts Truck-In Tuesdays, where food trucks, local bands, and locals from the area celebrate in a block-party-style atmosphere.The Honor SystemWendy Lynam is changing the game for how a modern-day BnB is operated. She’s running everything off of an honor system for guests of the inn. During your stay, if you’d like to pick up any extra swag, then take an envelope, write down the number of items, and leave your cash inside.“You have everything you need here, but you don’t have an innkeeper in your face,” says Lynam. “There’s not a set breakfast time. It’s really kind of magical. Sometimes I’ll stop in to rent bikes to people, and I’ll see a bunch of guests sitting around the kitchen island getting to know each other.”The Swamp Rabbit Inn is a very relaxed, loose management style, but they’re super attentive at the same time. It’s an interesting business model, but the guests prefer it.The Bike ShedOut back, there is a fleet of twelve bikes available for rent from the Bike Shed. During my visit, two visitors from Northern Alabama stopped by the inn to rent bikes. They’re about to head out for a ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail for the afternoon. Wendy takes them out back, sets them up with some wheels, shares a list of places to visit, and sends them on their way. The hospitality here stretches far beyond the kitchen.Rustic, Homey, Relaxed: The Swamp Rabbit Inn Travelers RestOpened in March of 2017 and located just 10 miles north of the Greenville location is the Swamp Rabbit Inn TR. With a more rustic, farmhouse styling, this old inn feels like home. Located across the street from the Swamp Rabbit Trail, cyclists have easy access to everything in the area. The Travelers Rest location features a swimming pool, large patio, and rental bikes for guests as well.“It found me,” says Lynam of the TR location. “The lady who owned the property in Travelers Rest (formerly the Magnolia Inn), reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in another property. At the time, I didn’t feel I was ready to take on another property. I was still learning.”Three years later, the property became the second Swamp Rabbit Inn location in TR.While the locations may vary in styling and accommodations, they share one thing in common, the Swamp Rabbit Trail.Every summer, the Travelers Rest location plays host to the Swamp Rabbit Music Festival, which features local bands, food trucks, and is in its third year running.The Lodge and LolaAlso located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, The Lodge is another of Lynam’s properties that is perfect for corporate retreats and group getaways. During the week, they rent by the room, like a hostel of sorts. The property also has a mile-long mountain bike loop built by Treehugger Customs with features like whoops and berms. Lynam also has the Swamp Rabbit Cottage, Furman Cottage, and three townhomes located near downtown.Also built by Treehugger Customs, Lola, a 1969 camper, is the newest addition to the Swamp Rabbit Inn family.The Swamp Rabbit TrailFollowing the Reedy River along an old railroad, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 22-mile greenway system that runs between Greenville and Travelers Rest, South Carolina. Opened in 2009, this trail and its surrounding areas have grown exponentially, drawing visitors from all over the country and around the world.Bike Inn, Bike OutA rider herself, Lynam has been cycling for over six years, so she knows a thing or two about riding in the area. Her goal is to help them plan their entire cycling vacation from their new Bike inn, Bike Out app. From where to stay, eat, ride, and drink, the app will help riders plan their perfect cycling getaway. The app will focus on all genres of cycling, from road cycling to mountain biking.Three years ago, she published the book Cycling Greenville, South Carolina. “We did not have a cycling guidebook,” says Lynam. “I was setting up rides for guests, and it got to be very labor intensive.” She reached out to the cycling community here and asked if they’d like to submit their favorite ride from the area. The book includes a great collection of 20 rides from a wide variety of riders.From there, she wanted to expand on what they were doing, making it more bike friendly. Bringing a book on a ride and stopping to pull it out for directions can be a bit cumbersome. She always wanted to turn it into an app.Bike Inn Bike Out is a way for cyclists to explore the Greater Greenville area, find new routes, things to do, and lodging. Turn-by-turn navigation keeps you on track from point point while you’re riding. They’ve uploaded all of the rides from the book and will continue to add rides to the app.All said and done, this doesn’t feel like a traditional BnB. It’s something different—something better.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

Tradie-turned-actor lists Gold Coast home

first_imgIt’s been converted into a two-bedroom cottage. At the Maudsland property, which is going to auction later this month, Mr Nation revamped its bedrooms, wine cellar, formal lounge and breakfast sun room. He also converted the charming chapel into a two-bedroom cottage for his mother-in-law. Mr Nation said Maudsland had been an ideal suburb to raise his two primary school-aged children with his wife.“Maudsland was recently voted number one suburb for families on the Gold Coast and we love it,” said Mr Nation.“We are ready to move on to the next project. We want to buy again and build a Queenslander or Hamptons house.” You don’t even need to leave the acreage to go for a swim.“It’s good to get roles on the Gold Coast and be able to be based out of home rather than travelling all the time.”In his early days, Mr Nation spent time acting overseas, often drawing on his tradie past in his spare time. “As an actor I work all over. I was living in New York in what was a famous church called the Abbey. It was converted in the ’80s to an apartment complex but it had original features like the stained glass windows.” he said. “We totally gutted the place and renovated it as well.” Tradie-turned-actor Steve Nation has listed his Maudsland acreage home. Photo: Tyler AlbertiACTOR, director and producer Steve Nation needed no acting skills to play the role of a tradesperson when it came to renovating his Maudsland acreage home. The former Neighbours actor, who has also played a lawyer on Home and Away, spent eight years as a carpenter before entering the entertainment world. The property also has a chapel. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe interior has been transformed into a gorgeous residence.Mr Nation steps into the persona of a police officer thrust into a world of a teenage girl who acquires magical powers.The Bureau of Magical Things was filmed on the Gold Coast and is due to hit TV screens this year. The 20-part series followed a role alongside actor Melissa George in drama The Butterfly Tree that premiered at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival.center_img The property is set to go to auction later this month.He came across the acreage property six years ago when it was “in dire need of renovation”.“This property had enormous amounts of potential and to me as an actor, it’s been a great place to seclude myself when I get roles and be alone and private,” Mr Nation said. “Magnolia Manor”, with its federation-style house nestled in a lush valley, private lake populated by turtles, gardens with love seats and a chapel with a claw foot bath, was the perfect setting to imagine his latest role. The home is a stunning example of a renovated Queenslander. Steve Nation playing a lawyer in Home and Away.Mr Nation also recently had a “little role in a musical filmed on the Gold Coast” and has been involved in various local television and web productions. “I’ve got casting in projects right now, it’s an industry where one minute you’re working and the next minute you’re not,” Mr Nation said. last_img read more

Jean Sseninde departs Crystal Palace LFC

first_img Tags: Crystal Palace LFCJean Sseninde Jean Sseninde has played at Crystal Palace for a year (Photo by Agencies)After a year with Crystal Palace LFC, Jean Sseninde has left the South-East London club.This was confirmed through a post on her social media platforms in which she thanked the South London FA Women Premier League club.“Playing at Crystal Palace was the best time of my Career, read the post on Jean’s Instagram page.“I wanted to challenge myself and i did just that.“Learned lots of lessons, improved as a player and more importantly, am a much better person now.“Massive thanks to all the coaches, players, family and friends who offered endless support throughout.“Looking forward to the next chapter.Jean Sseninde Namayega joined Palace from fellow London side Queens Park Rangers WFC last year.She has previously played for London Phoenix Ladies FC and the Charlton Athletic Women’s Football Club.She left for the United Kingdom upon finishing her studies at St. Marys Kitende and with help from former Crested Cranes coach Majida Nantanda, Jean was recommended her for professional football in England.She was part of the team that finished fourth in the 2016 CECAFA Women Cup that was held at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru and she currently runs several charitable organizations in the country.Through her foundation-Sseninde Women Development Football Cup, she is hosting a football tournament next month.The tournament is aimed at unearthing raw talent that has not got a chance to be exposed and it is going into its third year.With her time at Crystal Palace LFC ending, it remains to be seen where she heads next but now that she has a coaching license, a coaching role could as well be on the cards.Comments last_img read more

Darwin in Space without a Helmet

first_img“Space agencies may one day have Charles Darwin to thank for the longevity of their spacecraft,” began an article in New Scientist.  This seems a strange thing to write about a biologist who knew nothing of space travel.  “The life expectancy of a popular type of ion engine has been almost doubled using software that mimics the way natural selection evolves ever fitter designs.”  This seems a strange thing to write about a biologist who knew nothing of software, engines or ions.    Cody Farnell, a space flight engineer at Colorado State University, was inspired by the father of evolutionary theory to design “evolution-mimicking software” called a genetic algorithm (GA), the article explained.  It randomly varied the grid geometry and the voltages applied to it for a new ion-drive spacecraft engine design.  Farnell considered these values as roughly analogous to genes in biology.  “If the performance was promising, the ‘genetic material’ was subjected to further random changes, or mutation, and this process was repeated until no more improvements were forthcoming,’ the article said – survival of the fittest.    Farnell did not say if his engine had to fight with other engines for mates, or whether females of the species had to lay eggs or raise their young.  It’s also not clear whether the engines would be able to fend for themselves in the wild without Farnell’s intelligently guiding hands.Darwin needs the oxygen of intelligent design to breathe, just like other mortals.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA leads Africa’s growing Twittersphere

first_img57% of tweets from Africa are sent from mobile devices.At the same time, African Twitter users are also active across a range of social media, including Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn.Twitter in Africa is widely used for social conversation, with 81% of those polled saying that they mainly used it for communicating with friends.But Twitter is also becoming an important source of information in Africa. 68% of those polled said that they use Twitter to monitor news, while 22% said they use it to search for job opportunities. 27 January 2012 Young people tweeting from mobile devices are driving the growth of Twitter in Africa, with South Africans leading the way as the social networking site becomes an increasingly important information tool across the continent, new research has found. According to How Africa Tweets, a study released by Kenya-based Portland Communications on Thursday, South Africa is the most active country in the continent’s burgeoning “Twittersphere”. In the first attempt to comprehensively map the use of Twitter in Africa, Portland teamed up with UK-based company Tweetminster to analyse over 11.5-million geo-located Tweets originating on the continent during the last three months of 2011, complemented by a poll of 500 of Africa’s most active tweeters. Over the survey period, South Africa registered over twice as many tweets (5 030 226) as the next most active country, Kenya (2 476 800), followed by Nigeria (1 646 212), Egypt (1 214 062) and Morocco (745 620).African tweeters younger How Africa Tweets found that Africa’s tweeters are considerably younger than their global counterparts: 60% of the continent’s most active tweeters are aged 20-29, whereas the average age of Twitter users worldwide (according to Royalpingdom.com) is 39. The researchers also found that: Forming new links in Africa The survey also found that Twitter is helping to form new links within Africa, with the majority of those surveyed saying that at least half of the Twitter accounts they follow are based on the continent. Beatrice Karanja, head of Portland Nairobi, said in a statement: “We saw the pivotal role of Twitter in the events in North Africa last year, but it is clear that Africa’s Twitter revolution is really just beginning. “Twitter is helping Africa and Africans to connect in new ways and swap information and views,” Karanja said. “And for Africa – as for the rest of the world – that can only be good.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Amazon Web Services Gets DDoS Attack and the Client Waits

first_imgTags:#enterprise#news#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… “The lesson here is: ‘Don’t bet the farm on a single cloud provider,’” says Craig Balding, founder of cloudsecurity.org and a security practitioner at a Fortune 500 company. “It’s common sense really. But people get lulled into thinking they site is always going to be available [when they host with a single provider].” alex williams Bitbucket hosts everything on Amazon EC2. They also use EBS service for storage of everything from their database, logfiles, and user data.Bitbucket first recognized the attack on Friday night when their network storage became virtually unavailable. According to the detailed account on their blog, the site crawled to a halt.After the service went down, AWS was contacted. After more than five hours of back and forth about the extent of the issue, the conversation moved to Twitter and you guessed it, that’s when Amazon realized perhaps this might be a bigger problem than they thought.Some of Bitbucket’s large customers contacted Amazon and the problem climbed up the customer support ladder pretty fast.Up until this point, Amazon maintained they did not have a problem with the service. That line soon changed as the issue became more severe. By this time senior executives were on the phone, engineering specialists were being called in and Bitbucket had Amazon’s full attention.Twenty hours later, the service had been restored. But the after effects are still apparent. Jesper Noehr created Bitbucket. He has been tweeting continuously since the problem began. You can tell he is spending a good bit of this time working with customers who are none too happy. Do a search on Twazzup and the complaints about Bitbucket’s problems run down the page.It’s a trust game to this point in the cloud services world. A lag in diagnosis prevented Bitbucket from getting back online. They took a big hit. Not surprisingly, they are considering other services.But for customers out there, it’s time to look more deeply at how much faith you put in one cloud services provider. From The Register: Related Posts center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now An apparent DDoS attack on Amazon Web Services (AWS) over the weekend left a web-hosting code service down for about 20 hours before the problem became resolved. The attack raises questions about how fast Amazon responds to its clients in times of attack and what level of trust customers should place with one cloud service provider. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Seeking an Affordable Energy-Efficient Exterior Door

first_imgWe still need better door optionsI think the three exterior doors we ended up with provide a reasonably good compromise in appearance and performance. But compared with other energy features of the house (R-40 walls, R-50 roof, mostly triple-glazed windows, etc.), the doors are still a weak link.I would love to see a high-quality, durable, energy-efficient, and reasonably affordable door introduced. Even at the high end — where customers have unlimited budgets and want to create a dream house that can be heated using solar panels on the roof — well-insulated doors are very hard to find. In Europe there are some good doors used for Passivhaus projects, but these tend to be very expensive.Is anybody looking for a product development opportunity? Despite the chilly (seasonable) weather, work is progressing on the renovation/rebuild of our house in Dummerston. Last week, the three exterior doors were installed. Which brings me to one of my pet peeves: the lack of really good choices for highly energy-efficient exterior doors.We ended up with a solution that I think will be okay, but there is a huge void in the world of truly high-performance doors. Here, I’ll describe the three doors we put in. I hope you can put up with my whining. Steve’s beautiful doors have one other drawback: they cost an arm and a leg, starting at about $5,000. A little rich for our budget. The front doorThe purpose of front doors, I’m told, is to look nice. But I also wanted a front entrance door that would remain stable and airtight over many years or service and that would provide reasonable insulating value. Oh, and I didn’t want to spend more than about $2,000 for it. That proved a challenge.I would have loved to install one of the gorgeous custom entrance doors made by Steve Benson’s company, J.S. Benson Woodworking, in Brattleboro. They are custom-fabricated of durable and highly stable triple-laminated mahogany (sustainably produced wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council is available), but as solid wood, there is very little insulating value: maybe R-3 for a 2-3/4”-thick door.For Benson doors with lites, the energy performance gets a little better, because Steve has access to super-high-performance glass from Alpen Windows in Colorado. Those lites can provide an insulating value of R-5 or even more — significantly higher than the solid door. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.center_img A high-end fiberglass entrance doorWhen I was researching doors for the house at Leader Home Center, I came across a Jeld-Wen door made of fiberglass but with a knotty-alder grain that looks remarkably like real wood — and I say that as someone who pays close attention to wood and can readily distinguish most species based on the grain. One could easily be fooled into thinking this door was real alder!This door looked good. It was solidly built, yet it had a polyurethane insulation core, significantly boosting its R-value. I had already researched fiberglass vs. steel, and found that most energy experts preferred the former, even though magnetic weatherstripping can be used with steel.“That’s the one I’d like,” I told Russ Chapman at Leader, referring to the knotty-alder floor sample. (Russ had been incredibly patient with me as I picked his brain for energy-performance information.) He said he’d price it out and get back to me.Oops. It turned out that Jeld-Wenn had discontinued that model as a stock item; that particular door had been on display for three years. A similar door was still available, but it’s now a fully custom, hand-made option, and instead of costing around $2,000, it was going to cost something like $10,000!“So what about buying this display model,” I asked Russ? It had a few dings, but would suffice. He figured out a nice price for it (the floor model wasn’t doing them much good, since that door wasn’t really available anymore as a reasonably affordable product).Because we couldn’t get a matching side-lite in the same knotty-alder wood, we had the door hung with a totally different, painted side panel. The glass for that side panel is reasonably good: double-glazed with at least 5/8” separation between the panes of glass, argon-fill, and a low-e coating. We went with a continuous glass panel to minimize the greater edge losses that occur with true divided lites. I think it will look great when the house is sided. RELATED ARTICLES A U.S.-Made Door for Passivhaus BuildingsNew Green Building Products — September 2011Energy-Efficient Garage DoorsGBA Product Guide: Drewexim Passive House DoorsGBA Product Guide: Intus Passive House DoorsGBA Product Guide: Pazen Fenstertechnik DoorsQ&A: Exterior doors that are well-insulated and seal well Brute Force Collaborative: Passivhaus Doors J.S. Benson: Passivhaus Doors Cheaper back and side doorsFor the back door into the porch and side door into the garage we wanted less expensive doors that were going to be well-insulated and tight. We opted for fairly run-of-the-mill fiberglass doors with upper glazing panels; these are also made by Jeld-Wen and cost us about $300 apiece.These aren’t anything like the wood-like fiberglass entrance door in appearance (you could never mistake them for real wood), but like the front door, they have a polyurethane insulation core. Because there’s less structural reinforcing material in these doors, they may actually outperform the front door from an energy standpoint. I’ll be very curious about this and will plan to do some thermographic (infrared) analysis once the house is completed and lived in to study heat the relative loss through the different doors.last_img read more

PVL: Arellano blanks Adamson, closes in on bronze

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University moved closer to claiming third place after beating Adamson, 25-23, 26-24, 25-14, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Arellano is coming off a loss to undefeated National University in a game that taught the Lady Chiefs lessons and served as a factor to their victory.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “Our loss go NU last game taught us a big lesson,” said Arellano coach Roberto Javier in Filipino.The Lady Chiefs got swept in the semifinals after taking a 25-17, 26-28, 17-25, 25-13, 20-18 setback on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJovielyn Prado showed the way for Arellano with 18 points while Regine Arocha and Necole Ebuen added 15 and 10 points, respectively.The Lady Chiefs shoot for the bronze medal on Saturday and Javier thinks the Lady Falcons will come out in full swing. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ “It’s important for us to win on Saturday but of course, Adamson will prepare really hard and bounce back. I hope this win motivates us more to win next game.”Adamson, which drew nine points from Mary Joy Dacoron, suffered its third straight defeat.center_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH La Salle bounces back, frustrates FEU PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

QUEENSLAND BRANCH MOVING OFFICE

first_imgPlease be advised that the Queensland branch of Touch Football Australia is moving office. As of Monday 5 June 2006, their new address and contact details will be:Touch Football QueenslandLevel 3, Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC)Kessels RoadNathan Qld 4111Ph. 1300 654 002Fax. 07- 3420 4664Due to relocation requirements of telephones and office equipment/furniture we will not be contactable via landline or fax between Midday Thursday 1st June and 8am Friday 5th June 2006.  All staff will be contactable on their mobiles during this time.  Diversions will be in place from Midday Thursday from the previous QTA telephone numbers, fax numbers and mailing address to the new office.  Our 1800 186824 number has also been cancelled as of 31 May.Email access will be available to most staff during this time.  Please adjust your records accordingly.We appreciate your patience during this time.Staff mobile contact numbers for assistance are:Jeremy Sorensen 0408 880 030Andrew Barr 0422 396 163Brent Chambers 0407 549 909Gary Madders 0418 889 050Kathy Sweeney 0410 421 430Karley Banks 0408 068 742last_img read more

20 days agoBVB chief Zorc raps Aubameyang: You’re out of order!

first_imgBVB chief Zorc raps Aubameyang: You’re out of order!by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund sports chief Michael Zorc jumped into the row between CEO Hans Joachim-Watzke and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Aubameyang branded Watzke a “clown” and accused BVB of snapping Barcelona’s hand off regarding the money offered for Ousmane Dembele. The former BVB star was responding to Watzke suggesting Aubameyang left the club for money.Zorc said, “I think Auba has been out of order. Aki did not say anything bad. We have always stood behind Auba. That’s why I cannot understand this reaction.”What he means by that, since I really know all the backgrounds, I do not know. We have absolutely nothing to reproach ourselves with.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more