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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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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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