• 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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NY Day – Late Fall in the Park, etc.

I love the changing seasons and the infinite mood changes they bring to towns and countryside. Especially my countryside: Central Park. I could never get used to the permanent summer that many of our friends hanker after. I suppose it comes from being born in Britain which used to be a land of  very distinct seasons until global warming began to interfere with them.

Here are some random pictures taken during the last two or three weeks:

Ethel about to leap over the net in celebration of the end of the tennis season. An ambulance was standing by.

Late Fall in the Park

Fall plantings around the trees on 86 Street

Fall bargains on 86 Street. The line started the night before the shops opened!

Left behind! This chap is still suffering from an over-indulgence on Haloween.

And finally, here is a cute little bee to remind us that Spring is not far behind! Picture was sent by proud grandmother, Jenny orchard.

What's my name?



One Response

  1. Love the pics, Ben. The Halloween chap is hysterical, the little bee is adorable and Ethel, you look fantastic! I hope you have a wonderful time on your upcoming cruise. Much love, Bonnie

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