• 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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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

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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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