• Upcoming trips

    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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NYday – Piste in Central Park

February 2010 ends with the claim of being the  snowiest one on record. On the last Saturday of the month, New Yorkers had two feet or more of the stuff to play with and they took full advantage. Skis, snowshoes and sleds were the order of the day and artists experimented with the new medium. But the tunnelers didn’t like it at all!

start of the run

The plod back up

Enjoying the free skiing

It's hard on the back

Passing 91st and Fifth

Sleds are fun if only mum or dad would go faster.

The trees are protected with bales of hay

Great fun anyway!

All the trees sported wonderful blooms

The were hundreds of snow figures. This one of a kneeling lady stood ten feet tall and showed a very professional hand

Here she is close up


Flowering Cherry

Decorating the tree has taken on a new meaning

Tree Gallery

Looks familiar!

All this is great fun for the kids and parents, but agony for the Second Avenue tunellers. Here are shots of their working conditions from above and street level

From my balcony

From the street. Red box is where the explosives are kept

And , finally, a view of the Waterford forecourt as we leave to join the fun


3 Responses

  1. Love the pics and clever captions. What does Ethel not get? The smiling tree?

  2. Valerie. Ethel had trouble with “piste”. She missed my odd sense of humour completely.

  3. I don’t know why Ethel missed that. She is an Olympic skier after all!

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