• Upcoming trips

    23rd to 26 July Will be joining Susan at the Mukleratz trail ride. No more lowly tenting--she now has a trailer which accommodates two horses and two humans and is equipped with a toilet (for the humans), kitchen with stove and microwave, television and shower! Mucking out will be a labour of love this year.

  • Theatre and Music

    1st July Free Will! Christine managed to get two tickets for "Much Ado About Nothing" in Central Park. The performance was a great romp in a wonderful set which included growing tomatoes, flower beds and an authentic-looking orange tree which served as a hiding place for an eaves-dropping Benedick. I enjoyed, particularly, John Pankhow's very funny Dogberry--It was a pleasure to hear Shakespeare without the need of an interpreter or an ear-trumpet.

    8th July "Just Jim Dale", written and performed by the multi-talented Jim Dale is a performance that just cannot be missed. Partially autobiographical, the show is one hilarious romp from beginning to end. Born in the east end of London in the forties, his career has spanned much of my own music hall and play-going years. I recalled with great pleasure many of the old songs he sang and I was delighted to be reminded of the simple entertainment those days!

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The content of this bBenbloglog is directed mainly, but not entirely, towards friends and travelling companions who may now still be numbered among the hundreds in spite of the attrition of the years . Their varied interests cover the world’s spectrum. The aim is a personal one,  it is to keep the conversation and exchange of ideas going for as long as I am able. The blog, then, will give viewers a fairly continuous idea of where I am and what I am up to so that they can respond when an interest is sparked. I hope that my camera will help prompt your comments and e-mails

The “Recent Posts” widget (sidebar) on the right will give you an idea of the travels I have  just made and of  my New York impressions. Below this is an index of my ‘Memoirs’ chapters which can now be read in the order in which they were written.

On the left-hand side you will see a notice of my upcoming trips followed by a notice  of my theatre- and concert-going and what my thoughts of the performances were. Below this, there is  a widget which allows those interested to register and receive notices of new posts automatically.

Notes:Click on the pictures, most will enlarge to full screen and give much greater detail


Independence Day cake

Among many other delectables  Susan baked this cake with Kelsey in mind–Her birthday is coming up shortly and she is preparing to take ballet lessons:

 . . . . not a little finger has touched it yet . . . .

. . . . not a little finger has touched it yet . . . .


Kelsey took the first slice

Kelsey took the first slice



At  Rich’s and Vicky’s stables where  Susan has her horses, a pair of colourful barn swallows have hatched five eggs in this nest. Only three of the nestlings can be seen in this picture. Notice the difference in size of the  brood.

. . .  awaiting the food trolly  . . .

. . . awaiting the food trolly . . .










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