• Upcoming trips

    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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NY Day – Spring arrives at last!

I donned my shorts, wandered down to the Armoury in Central Park to pick up our Tennis permits for the coming season, and basked in the 75-degree sunshine.  Spring flowers  miraculously shot out of their sad-looking state and  started their job of inviting the insects to polinate them and to lighten the spirits of winter -weary New Yorkers. The park’s gardeners began planting the annuals.

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A good planting day . . .

A good planting day . . .


This young sea lion cavorted with a something he found in his pond

This young sea lion cavorted with a something he found in his pond


Spring brings thoughts of the sea . . . .

Spring brings thoughts of the sea . . . .


. . .  or, just basking in the open air.

. . . or, just basking in the open air.


Anyone for a sail?

Anyone for a sail?


Alice glinted in the sunlight . . . . .

Alice glinted in the sunlight . . . . .


. . . and even the Mad Hatter smiled!

. . . and even the Mad Hatter smiled!








2 Responses

  1. I enjoyed the photos welcoming in springtime. My welcome was our grounds keeper showed up to mow the lawn.

    • John. You’re lucky! The green stuff growing on my balcony is far from being a lawn–The proper term for it, I think, would be: moss! Are we ever going to see you in New York? Best wishes to you both, Ben and Ethel

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