• 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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Thanksgiving at Susan’s with Alpacas

Since  we had to change the dates for our Caribbean cruise, we were able, to the delight of all, to accept Susan’s invitation to her Thanksgiving party in York, PA. As luck would have it, we were able to make a contribution by taking the Great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Zoe with us from New York.

As usual, Susan and Craig put in mountains of work and produced a monumental feast.

After Thanksgiving we all worked off a little of the extra weight by visiting one of the Alpaca farms, of which, there are many in the York area. Their quaint little old-fashion faces reminded me of my own great-grandfather.

Susan preparing the feast

Thanksgiving decor

Four generations at the table: Left to right; Me, Ethel, Kiowa, Christie, Craig, Susan, Kevin (Christie’s brother), Amy (Susans daughter) and mother of, Zoe and Jeremy. Kippy and Teddy are lying patiently in wait for the scraps to follow. The one person not in the picture is Carol (Mother of Christie and Kevin) and she is taking this nice picture. 

Kippy/Teddy enjoyed the jokes

. . . . . and made thoughtful contributions to the after-dinner talk

. . . . . . and this is Carol after she had taken the group picture

Zoe expressions

  Kelsey, at four months, enjoyed her first Thanksgiving immensely. Here she is in a series with Mum, Christie:

Ode to Joy!

And now for the Alpacas. The weather had turned bitter but we stayed to hear the farmer talk about the breeding of these cute domestic animals from South  America:

Look at all those funny things on TWO legs!

He's the black-alpaca of the family

A young edition of my great-great-grandfather

Fence love

Thanksgiving sentiment!


9 Responses

  1. I was captivated by the beautiful scenes and beautiful portraits but what caught my eye was your comment about changing the date for the Caribbean cruise. Are you still on for 12/19?

    • Sandy. The change of date referred to the cruise we have just completed. The table is still booked for the three of us on the QM2. Looking forward to meeting you very much. (Widget to the right is up- to-date)

  2. Hi Ben
    Great to see you all, and looking so well. My thanksgiving was pretty quiet this year, just went out with a few friends. Paul is coming for christmas and i expect we shall play lots of golf. Both boys are now divorced, and it had a great advantage this year. We all met up in England at colin’s house and Paul was able to see his niece and nephew, Ross and Julia. Then Paul, Colin and I took off for Lisbon. We toured central Portugal, staying in and houses and Palaces, fantastic. We learned more about the Peninsula wars than I thought possible. It was a great trip.. The first time the three of us had been on holiday togethe since they were kids.

    • Isobel, nice to hear from you. I still have very fond memories of knocking around the Alentasia in a battered rental Mini with Dorothy and perhaps one of the children. I envy you your trip with the lads. As you can see from the home page, Kim has remarried and now lives in a miniscule town in Scotland–not as easy to visit as Milton Keynes! Don and Inge Horrex still have a residence in the Algarve (Way back from the coast) and we would be able to use it occasionally. But I don’t think we will ever take up the offer–Air travel is becoming too much of a bind for Ethel. We stick mainly to cruises out of NY harbour.

  3. Beautiful people! Beautiful animals!

  4. What a lovely Thanksgiving! I especially love how you captured the expressions on Zoe and Baby Kelsey. And, fabulous pics of the alpacas!! Love to you and Ethel. Bonnie

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