• Upcoming trips

    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.


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NYday-July 29

Randall’s Island is in the East River accessable by car from the Triboro Bridge (Now  renamed at a cost of four milion dollars to the “Robert Kennedy” Bridge) or by footbridge  just across the FDR Drive about five or six blocks from my building:

Unusual view of the City for Randall's Island . . . . .

Unusual view of the City from Randall's Island . . . . .

And the bridge to get there . . . . .

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2nd1It’s a gala day for we upper east-siders! The tunnelers have completed the bridgeing over of Second Avenue and are begining to move underground. They have left themselves access through large metal sections which they can lift and replace at will. They have already lowered two back hoes into the hole  below and have begun to excavate the access tunnel.

2nd2Blasting signs have been erected at all the street corners so we expect that they will be attacking the rock shortly. Perhaps this will shake down the building next door?

Ethel is now out of hospital but her leg has to be treated twice each day–once by a visiting nurse. My apartment is taking on the look of an emergency room.

Visiting Nurse

Visiting Nurse

The Conservatory Gardens are just opposite the hospital where Ethel was being treated. They make a welcome break from the ward atmosphere:

Crabapple walk

Crabapple walk

Head well over the ball! Gardener tending the lawn

Head well over the ball! Gardener tending the lawn


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