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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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“How to Electrocute Horses, for Dummies”

You have heard the adage “What you can’t see, can’t hurt you”?  Ignore it. It’s complete nonsense! We were spending a long weekend  with Susan and Craig down in York, PA.  Daughter, Susan, took me to see the immaculate stables where her horse, ‘Playdough’ is  now being cared for. Playdough and his stable mates had already been put out into  the paddock for the night because of the  hot weather, so Susan, armed with a bag of carrots,  and I, armed with my camera, strolled over to the fence surrounding it to greet her latest love. She warned me that the fence was electrified but since I rested my arms on the top strand to take pictures without any other contact, I felt safe. After the picture-taking, I thought I might ingratiate myself by offering Playdough a carrot myself.  As soon as his wet tongue touched the carrot, a great shudder shot through my arm and young Playdough sprang into the air, all four feet off the ground,  then galloped away!

Susan tried to entice him back with another carrot but he was too cautious to be bitten twice in one day. Not to be outdone, I raised my arms way above the fence and offered the largest horse in the group a carrot. Without my being aware,  however, my camera was touching a part the fence lower down and the same thing happened again!

Young Playdough

. . . . . . going . . . . .

. . . . .delicious!

After the carrot shock we were both conditioned. Playdough went back to munching safe grass and I only rested my camera on the wooden fence posts

Resident of Susan’s lily pond

Resident flower pot

Daughter Susan (wearing hat), granddaughter Amy, and great-grandddauhter Zoe. Probably discussing the up-coming wedding arrangements of Amy to her fiance, Jeremy on the 28th August.


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