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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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Bounce Lake 1

Daughter Susan and I loaded her SUV in York, PA with sleeping bags, cooler, sun-powered shower, fishing rods, lots of toilet rolls and clothing for summer and winter and she drove to Buffalo airport where we picked up her son Kiowa. He, in turn drove us across the border through Toronto to Huntsville, Ontario where we stopped for the night. Next morning Kiowa drove us on to Cochrane via New Liskard where we did the greater part of our food shopping. I was tactfully not asked to drive at all!

Cochrane discovered

Cochrane discovered

We checked in to Lillabelle Lake Resort for the night. Billy our outfitter and pilot issued our fishing licences  and early next morning flew us to Bounce Lake about 45 miles north of Lillabelle Lake.

Lillabelle lake in the evening

Lillabelle lake in the evening. Contrails are made by high-flying aircraft taking the Polar route

8-day catch and return licenses required by the State

8-day catch and return licenses required by the Province

 Billy does the paperwork overlooked by the resident elk

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Lillabelle Lake Resort

Lillabelle Lake Resort

 Plane loaded and ready to fly

Billy's aeroplane--a Beaver

Billy's aeroplane--a Beaver

Co-pilot Kiowa is all set.

Co-pilot Kiowa is all set.

Kiowa occupied the same position some 25 years earlier. Billy then flew a dual control Cessna. During one flight Billy handed the joystick over to Kiowa so that he could get a feel of the plane and we passengers got to feel that our end was nigh.

We are on our way!

We are on our way!

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