• 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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Camp fire

Watercolour inspired by our first family tent--A "Cabenon" with steel tubing

Watercolour inspired by our first family tent--A "Cabenon" with steel tubing


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  1. Arrived home from a wondeful trip through Russia. St. Petersburg to Moscow on a riverboat. Beautiful scenery, and tons of history, both Czarist, communist and now federalist. Moscow much bigger and busier than I ever imagined. Will post pictures as soon as I can go through them. They will be on Kodak this time, I hope a little slower than Snapfish on the slide show.

    We hope Ethel continues her recovery.

    John and Claire

    • John and Claire. Looking forward to seeing your pictures. Ethel and I took the same trip a year or so ago so
      we know you had a wonderful time. I am going to the Far North tomorrow for my annual fishing
      adventure. This year, I will be travelling with my daughter and grandson–My old fishing partner
      of 25 years has dropped out because he doesn’t think he can handle the boat any more. Ethel
      has improved enough to be able to fend for herself. Ben

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