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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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York, AC, Central Park, round trip

Took the car out of its dusty winter inactivity to drive to daughter, Susan’s, house last weekend and, on Monday (April 5th)  put my new GPS to work to show me the complicated route from her place to Atlantic City. It worked a treat! It took the anxiety out of transversing the maze which is Philadelphia.

I did a little sketching while waiting for Susan  to return from an outing on “Playdough” who is looking very fit indeed. I have posted a picture of the paddock and fields and my sketch of the same view below. The temperature outside was a little too cold  to do other than a pencil outline. I painted it in when we got to AC. 

While I was at the stables a battered goose came to make friends and be petted. He had been knocked down by a car and left frozen to the roadway. He was rescued by local humans who poured warm water over him to get him unfrozen and on  his feet again. He had suffered a broken wing but was so bonded with  humans (who had saved him) that he approached every one and demanded, in a very loud and persistent screech,  to be stroked and petted. I have never experienced before, a bird who liked to have his neck massaged by a human, and, who stared with a seductive eye until the human obliged again and again. Here is the seducer:

Here is the view from the stable yard where ‘Playdough’ lives and my sketch of the same scene. I apologise to Mother Nature for having taken a few liberties:

(I have placed the goose back in the pond)


Atlantic City had not changed very much over the three or four weeks since we were last there, except that there are no longer any $5 blackjack tables and only one or two $10 ones. Ethel will be priced out of her market if this trend continues. It may be a  small sign of  the resuscitation of the casino business or, perhaps, just plain inflation?

Reconstruction of the boadwalk at the northern end is still proceeding but there is no movement on the museum pier:


. . . . . .  and back to New York. I walked over to The Ramble (Central Park’s tranquil nature reserve) to meditate (snooze) after the drive from AC. It was a cool, bright Spring day. Here are pictures of the trickling streams to sleep by:

 . . . . . and you can get clear views of Cleopatra’s Needle before the leaves come out:

Finally, here is an unusual shot of the Met museum–Fifth Avenue was closed to traffic for a parade.


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