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    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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Seattle and Portland – Part one

We were invited to spend a week with each of  Ethel’s nieces and their families. Bonnie lives in Burien, just a few miles from Seattle, Washington and Valerie lives in Portland, Oregon and a right royal time they gave us! Their generosity was unbounded, even to the extent of giving us their beds for the visit!  We flew to Seattle and took Amtrak to Portland for the second week.

They arranged such full programmes of sightseeing for us that it will take three or four posts for me to do justice to the amount of material I gathered. I will post the pictures in chronological order.

The micro-climate in Seattle is dictated by the the Olympic range on one side and the Cascade Range on the other. Flowers and trees of all kinds prosper as they do in Britain except that the conifer trees are mighty in comparison. Washington state is called the Evergreen State and Portland is called the City of Roses. We were surprised by the temperature, however. It was up in the seventies to eighties Farenheit most of the time but the air was cool and, in the shade, Ethel was freezing and I sported an extra layer or two. The locals were unaware, however. They dressed lightly and kept the air-conditioning high just like the British.

Click on individual pictures for greatest detail.

Mt. Renier in the evening sun from afar

Cascade Range

Ethel settling in

Sammy, a family member. We became old friends on our daily walk

Children playing on the beach just five minutes from From Bonnie and Nancy’s house


Bonnie and Nancy

Quiet beach scene

Bonnie and Nancy took us on a bus tour to Mt. Ranier National Park to see the mountain at close range:

Nancy on the trail

Park Lodge


Exotic plant

On the way back from the park, we stopped off  at a quaint restaurant:

Wapiti wearing woolie

Want a lick?

Bonnie’s neighbour, Kathy took us on a car tour to see Seattle.

Seattle skyline with Space Needle

Closer view showing the ferris-wheel modelled on The London Eye

Driftwood on the beach

Wedding on the beach–The bridesmaids are trying to get him back!

Ethel and friend

Bonnie and Nancy invited neighbours and friends to a barbecue in their garden so that we could meet them

Table at the ready!

John from next door

Christina and Bonnie in party mood

Kirstyn and Wes

Kathy and John, and Chris

Nancy and Bonnie, Cathy and John

Kirstyn suprised!



To be continued


4 Responses

  1. Ben, thanks for the wonderful reminders of how much fun we had! Loved every minute of it! Much love, Bonnie

    • Bonnie, all due to you and Nancy! We can’t thank you enough for the new experiences and meeting your wonderful friends. There is much more to follow-keep an eye on this space! I will send you a disc of all the photos when I have finished the posts. Love, Ben and Ethel

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