• Upcoming trips

    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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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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