• 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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Kim’s Visit

 Kim’s time with us coincided with her birthday and the first anniversary of her nuptuals with Tom. The seven days disappeared like magic but we did manage to crowd in a fair amount of activity.  Susan and Craig brought the great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Zoe,  for a day and Kiowa and Christie brought baby Kelsey to join us for an hour or two.  We saw a play (See widget on the right), viewed , in detail, the “Brain” exhibit at the Museum of Natural History and I escorted the Scots around the bits of the United Nations buildings which are still visitable. Other than this, eating out and shopping filled the remaining moments.

Tom, Rebecca , Susan and Kim

Kim, Kelsey and Rebecca

Kiowa (father), Susan (grandmother) and Kelsey herself

Susan, Kelsey and the cameraman


A bit of the brain (enlarged)

Tom talks to The Mad Hatter (Wearing hat) in Central Park

Lobster and oysters in "Fish" (Bleeker Street)

Rebecca takes the podium in the General Assembly

New piece of art in the UN garden.

One of the uninspiring debating chambers temporarily housed in a block built in the UN garden

Rebecca bidding us farewell wearing her latest purchase


Finally, Kelsey was so overcome during her visit that she tried to hide under the bed


4 Responses

  1. Thank you again for your generous hospitality! We all had a great time – and I even managed to enjoy a Winter visit to NY without developing pneumonia! (just a cold, obviously). Thanks to Ethel for introducing us to NY Theatre Experiment, a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment. Regards to all.

  2. Thanks Tom. We really do not see enough of Kim and you so we were mightily happy to have you all for the brief visit. We hope that you will be able to stay longer next time?

  3. The baby is beautiful and photogenic. Scenes are lovely. So cheering and nice to receive.



  4. Sandy. Many thanks. After reading your comment, I realized that two pictures I had prepared were missing somehow. I have now repaired the page. Best wishes, Ben and Ethel

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