• Upcoming trips

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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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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