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    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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Ethel celebrates

Ethel has good news about her leg wound. It has healed to only a fraction of its original size and the skin is growing back nicely so that she will not need a skin graft.

Here she is at 'One fish, two fish' where we enjoyed a celebratory lobster

Here she is at 'One fish, two fish' where we enjoyed a celebratory lobster

On Friday, we were paid a delightful visit by her dear friends Pat, Carl and daughter Loren. They took us out to dinner at Nick’s, a block away, to celebrate Ethel’s birthday. Here we all are preparing for the journey.

Lorna captivates

Loren captivates

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6 Responses

  1. Good news for Ethel on her wound. Nicked myself with a router in my woodshop and that is slowly healing.

    I have my Russian trip photos in snapfish but have lost your E-mail address to open them for you to see.

    Your fishing trip photos strongly remind me of my trip last June, only where I was there were no trees large enough to lumber.

  2. John. Many thanks from both of us for your message–nice to hear from you. My e-mail address is: b.w.thompson01@earthlink.net

    Your mention of routers revived a nostalgia for my old woodcarving days–not a good hobby to have in a city apartment!

    Where was your June trip? Love, to Claire

  3. I will list you for the Russia pictures. I have captioned a large number of them. If you wish to see the pictures with captions you must go through them one at a time, no slide show and of course a slide show is available too. My June trip was fishing in the NW Territories near the great Slave Lake Very isolatted and wild. Due to it having been shaved by the glaciers there is only about an inch of topsoil, rest is sand thus trees and vegetation are stunted.My son-law took me as a birthday present and the fishing was marvelous.

  4. John. Great pictures! There are many that we recognise from our own trip on the “Rossia” including the bridge. But there were a great many wonderful shots that were new to us. You looked like you were having a first-class vacation. Ben and Ethel

  5. Wonderful to see Ethel looking hungry and happy on the occasion of her ?th birthday. We will need some tips from her on what to see when we come to New York around Halloween.

  6. John and Ann. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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