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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.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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Bounce Lake 3

Each day brings an expectant dawn. There are no news bulletins to hear so the look of the sky is all important to us–whether to stay in and read or prepare to fish. Whether to contemplate a shower or wait for a warmer day . . . . .

 . . . thi dawn augers an outdoors day

. . . this dawn augers an outdoors day. First order of the day is to pick the blueberries for breakfast . .

 

It doesn't take long with this year's bumper crop

It doesn't take long with this year's bumper crop

 berries galore!

berries galore!

 Then there is time to relax in the garden . . . .

 . . . . with a puzzle . . .

. . . . with a puzzle . . .

 . . . . or do a little sketching before the fishing starts

. . . . or do a little sketching before the fishing starts

 The forest garden supports all kinds of strange plants . . . .

dry land tube worms?

dry land tube worms?

Susan tries her hand with the axe
looks a little out of practice

looks a little out of practice?

More visitors

lonesome grouse  -  there was a whole brood last year

lonesome grouse - there was a whole brood last year

 

Whisky Jack

Whisky Jack

 Now for the fishing . . . Or what there was of it this year. We spent many hours motoring up and down the lake with only one edible fish to count for the effort. And Susan caught it!

Kiowa rallies his crew

Kiowa rallies his crew

K and S try out the second boat

K and S try out the second boat

Lots of water to explore

Lots of water to explore

Serious work

Serious work

Captain Susan

Captain Susan

This is the one that got away--The one that didn't, we ate!

This is the one that got away--The one that didn't, we ate!

After a hard day’s fishing we dined on the veranda. Susan’s walleye was the hors-d’oeuvre

wine was included

wine was included

 

Billy heading back

Billy heading back

Almost docked

Almost docked

The flying sausage approves!

The flying sausage approves!

So does Billy

So does Billy

Our neighbor pays her farewell visit

Our neighbor pays her farewell visit

Souvenir picture of the three adventurers sitting on an uptured canoe . . . .

Souvenir picture of the three adventurers sitting on an uptured canoe . . . .

 . . .  and one of Kiowa and I on the same boat(?) 25 years ago

. . . and one of Kiowa and me on the same boat(?) 25 years ago

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