• Upcoming trips

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

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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Cold City and last look from Ethel’s balcony

The icy blast which struck New York yesterday brought six inches of snow overnight and a freezing wind. Later the sun came out and all the neighborhood kids rushed out to enjoy the white stuff.  Here are some pictures from the vicinity of the Waterford:

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The Waterford garden

The Waterford garden

View from the kitchen

View from the kitchen

 > > across the East River

. . . . .   across the East River

Penthouse balcony across the  streeet

Penthouse balcony across the streeet

Under repair as well!

Under repair as well!

The pedestrian way at 92nd Street

The pedestrian way at 92nd Street

The thrill of the slopes!

The thrill of the slopes!

. . .  that was interesting!

. . . that was interesting!



Mum came along for the ride

Mum came along for the ride


Finally. this is a view from Ethel’s balcony  at 87th Street. Looking north up Second Avenue, it is the last we shall see of it–Ethel will move into her new apartment building when we return from our cruise (See widget).


3 Responses

  1. Congrats on the upcoming trip and move. Very exciting! Love to both of you! Valerie

  2. Beautiful pictures, Ben! Have a wonderful time on your cruise. You two certainly deserve a respite after all the hard work you’ve been doing in preparation for Ethel’s move! Much love to you both. Bonnie

  3. Loved the pictures

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