• Upcoming trips

    Feb 3 - Feb 13 Caribbean cruise May 1 to May 14 London vacation. (Hotels and details later). Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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Kelsey London Crawford’s First Birthday!

Kelsey celebrated her first birthday at her parents’ house in Tarrytown. 35 of her admirers turned out to join the fun. Reinforcing her middle name, the invitations, designed by dad (Kiowa) and the birthday cake had a distinctly London flavour:

'All aboard!'

First slice


Great-granddad and Dad paying homage

Ethel pays her respects, too

Trying out one of her mountain of gifts

Into the pool with mum (Christie)

. . . . . . and Grandmum (Carol )

Grandmum Susan, Kelsey and Christie


Granddad Roger and Julie with Kiowa, Christie and Kelsey

Coffee clutch

Granddad Craig, Susan and cousins Zoe and Jeremy join in

The Birthday Girl herself (Can't waste that bit of Cake!)

First B Cake


3 Responses

  1. So Cute! Love the coffee clutch! Does Ethel have a bear on her t-shirt?

    • It certainly is a bear. Ben bought it for me in Canada many years ago. It prompts all sorts of comments I wore it on our safari trip and all the black children went wild. They had never seen a polar bear. Love, Ethel

  2. Ben and Ethel,

    What a lovely baby. Enjoyed the birthday party. Almost like being there. I imagined the cake was delicious.

    Sandy Troy

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