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    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
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    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking

     

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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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