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    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

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    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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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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