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    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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Chesapeake Trail Riding Club competitive ride

Susan brings home a winner (nearly)

Daughter, Susan, entered “Playdoh” in the fifteen mile trail ride  in this, his second try, at long distance endurance trails.                Here they are  returning triumphant from the trial. Only a month or so ago, Susan had to walk “Playdoh” back from a slightly shorter distance trail because he was too weary to continue!

In the event, the judges deducted seven points from their, otherwise perfect score, because Susan was unable to bring down “Playdoh”s blood pressure in the 20 minutes allowed for the purpose–otherwise they would have won their event!

Granddaughter, Amy, and I went along to do the mucking out.

Both happy with their performance!

Typical camp view

Tacking-up is serious work . . . . .

. . . . . . needing a second pair of hands. Amy

Loosening up for the competition

Amy tests the gait, too!

Cooling-down stations

Handsome competitor

Cooling “Playdoh” down after the race. Twenty minutes are allowed before reporting to the Vet.

Well-earned ribbon. This certifies that “Playdoh” has only 985 more miles to do before he earns the 1,000 mile blanket.

In between mucking-out, I painted this sketch. Unlike modern artists, though, I didn’t use any of the plentiful medium lying about in the fields, I stuck to my mundane watercolors:


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