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    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
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    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking


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Poetry by Elizabeth Burton

While we were in Scotland attending Kim and Tom’s wedding, our hostess was Gwen Hardie. Among her many talents she is a poetess. She is about to publish her second volume.  Here is her flattering, but very nice, tribute to Ethel and me:

To Ben and Ethel

Two kindred spirits roaming free,

In foreign lands they love to be.

The Caribbean, Pacific and Med. they cruise.

On Benjamin’s blog you can read their news.

Their travels recorded for family and friends,

Their zest for adventure never ends.

With vigour and passion they plan ahead,

While lesser mortals stay home instead.

Ben’s artistry has impressive flair,

His photography is beyond compare.

A moment captured through Ben’s viewer,

Allows us to share the joys of their tour.

To Egypt, with pyramids and Pharaohs of old,

There, tales of ancient wonder unfold.

The legendary sphinx, the river Nile.

Ethel dressed with impeccable style.

New York throughout the changing seasons,

Is caught on film for various reasons.

In spring or fall, each different scene,

We view from our computer screen.

We hope you will return to our distant shore,

Who knows, we may meet up once more.

But for now we will follow your travels on-line,

Happy to know that you are both doing fine.

You are an inspiration to all you meet,

An amazing couple with the world at your feet.

It was fate which brought you to our door,

You will stay in our hearts for ever more.

So may St. Christopher be by your side,

As you travel the globe let love be your guide.

Health and happiness without end,

In this little poem, to you both, I send.

Elizabeth Burton


6 Responses

  1. A lovely tribute to a very special couple.

    Sandy Troy

  2. Thank you Sandy. We do seem to meet the very best sort of human beings on our travels. Ben and Ethel

  3. Elizabeth, how lovely! Ethel and Ben, you are indeed inspirational and amazing. Love to you both! Bonnie.

  4. Surprised but delighted to see my poem to you and Ethel on your recent post. Thank you for the nice comments also. Elizabeth Burton

  5. Thank you all, so much. Now for the shopping–Ethel and I need bigger hats!

  6. Beautiful words and so true!

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