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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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Huntsville, Ontario

On our way up to Cochrane we stopped overnight at Huntsville, one of the many charming small towns of southern Ontario. This one is in the Muskoka Brewery area–an added charm.CH1





Kiowa and I sampled the Muskoka and mussels in a bar near here

Kiowa and I sampled the Muskoka and mussels in a bar near here


3 Responses

  1. Hey I live in Huntsville Ontario I have a blog that I add pictures and news to from the area. Check it out, I posted some nice fall colours recently

  2. Jeremy. Thank you. Where is Bala in relation to Huntsville? And, do cranberries grow in your area?

  3. haha well yeah I guess. I’m a bit new in Huntsville but I’m pretty sure Bala is about 45 minutes away. I am guessing cranberries do grow there because they have the cranberry festival every year. I did not get to go though because I just bought a house and I was moving in.

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