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    November 30. Susan, Christine and I saw two of three new Italian plays at the Cherry Lane theatre. I actually thought I had booked the third offer which was a Pirandello revival but we were all glad that we did not miss “The Journey I Never made” and “Story of Love and Soccer”. Both excellently translated and powerfully acted. The first is a thought provoking and somewhat unsettling portrayal of the current social turmoil and the second is modern thriller about corrupt sport and the triumph of evil over good. We were able to chat with one of the actors about the plays after the show. Before the show we ate lobster and oysters at the  “Fish” restaurant which was only two blocks from the theatre!


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Cooper-Hewitt Garden

Following the NYC Museum and The  National Academy of Arts, the Cooper Hewitt Museum is closing for two years for expansion and renovation. The Garden will, however, remain open to the public in the summer months. During the searing heat of the last weeks, the Cooper -Hewitt garden has been our summer haven. Especially since this period has included a succession of doctor’s appointments and medical  tests. I  have been able to cart my painting equipment (including  chair cushions and a  tiny folding table for my pallet and brushes), plus crossword puzzle and reading matter (for alternate diversion between naps!), and stay cool under the shady trees and bamboo hedge. There is  never shortage of sketching subjects.

The back of the mansion

The beautiful conservarory

Steps up to the entrances

Typical scene on a sunny day

A sketch of the same scene. Note Ethel's Robin in the foreground!

Richard, Guardian of the Garden Gate

Richard hails from Argentina and still has family there. He is working on an ambitious project to decorate the family home. He is sculpting a full-size copy of the “Augustus of the Prima Porta ‘ which so impressed him when he was visiting the Vatican Museum. We have had many a chat about the project and I  am happy to have been able to help him with the proportion calculations and suggestions for the massive armature that he will require.


Our dear friend Pia. Nothing in the garden is more delightful in looks or goodheartedness


One Response

  1. Lovely people in a lovely place. So glad the garden’s staying available during renovation for you and Ethel to enjoy!

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