• 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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My watercolour  painting has languished; falling  victim to the ‘Sturm und Drang’ of Ethel’s move over the last four months. Now we have reached calmer waters, I have hefted brush again and a picture of the ouput follows.

It is an impression of susan’s horse, ‘Playdoh’.  Aptly, It is painted on the 300lb Arches paper which Susan bought for me as a gift!

I have tried to show young  ‘Playdoh’ free from all restraints and feeling his oats.

I hope to be joining the painting class in the hold of the QM2 next week  and  on th return voyage!

Click on the picture for detail



‘Playdoh’,  12″ x 16″


2 Responses

  1. Papa, I love the painting. I know I am a little biased because of the subject matter but I think it is your best ever. You have captured his face really well including the fact that he often looks just slightly worried even when he is having fun. Must have gotten the Thompson anxiety gene by osmosis

    • Susan. Smuggly gratified that I got a good likeness for you. I’m now agonising over the choice of a frame. Love, Ben

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