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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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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

     

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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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