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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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Conservatory Gardens and a Cautionary Note

After last week’s big snow storm, I wandered and slithered around the Conservatory Gardens and the Ravine at the top end of Central Park. It was not a planned outing–my intention was to see an exhibit at the City of New York museum on 108th and Fifth Avenue but had forgotten that the museum is closed on Mondays! Never-the-less, I was glad of the opportunity to get some exercise and to break out of the cabin for a bit.

This much-photographed pair usually entertain the fish in the pond below them. They were the inspiration of my watercolor sketch “Pastoral Scene” which imagines them in a different context altogether! (See post ‘New Artwork’ which I will publish tomorrow).

These delicate fronds refused to be dominated by the snow

As soon as I neared the frozen Harlem Meer, I found myself being surrounded by Canada Geese looking for hand-outs. They were unlucky. I had no bread to feed them with as they were hoping.

Some squatted at my feet and were prepared to wait it out

And now, a cautionary note. In snowy New York DO NOT chain your bicycle to a post–When the snow retreats you may find you have been framed!


2 Responses

  1. Beautiful winter wonderland! Stay warm and safe.

    • Valerie. Many thanks for your concern. I have posted a sketch in which I have placed the two cold characters, in the first picture above, in an imaginary setting. Let me know your reaction.

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