• Upcoming trips

    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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Queen Mary 2 – Artwork

One of the first things I did after boarding the vessel was to register for Cliff Fleenor’s watercolour class. Two sessions per day on the sailing days (none on the Port days). The materials included in the $35 fee were  mostly unusable, but, armed with a brush I borrowed from Cliff and a dinner plate borrowed from the dining room I happily painted away for hours on a covered part of deck 12. Here are the results:


4 Responses

  1. well done ben. trust you both enjoyed the trip, love pnd

  2. D & P. We love the ship. This was our third voyage on the QM2, and since it travels out of New York within a short taxi ride of our apartments, we will probably be taking many future trips on her.

  3. Please note E-mail address change. Wonderful trip. Claire and I have thought of a Christmas cruise, but haven’t taken one yet. Your pictures and story of the voyage make it very tempting. Lucky you to have missed the big blizzard. Still lots of snow on the streets of our little town and some due tomorrow. Happy New Year to you both. John and Claire

    • John. E-mail change duly noted. Your comment is posted on last year’s cruise–I have just posted this year’s report. Happy New Year to you both. Ben and Ethel

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