• 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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Fourth of July fireworks and layer cake at Susan’s

Kelsey’s birthday is actually on the 18th July, but since Susan couldn’t make that date or the alternative one Kiowa had suggested, Susan gathered her family around her in York and manufactured a cake to commemorate the occasion.

I say manufactured because Susan, a very, very busy modern lady, had time only to make a basic sponge cake as a base. On top of this she rolled-out a pre-printed decal which she had custom-ordered on-line. The wording and decorative theme delighted young Kelsey who took her good time to blow out the candle. It tasted good too!

I drove in from New York sporting my up-to-date inspection certificate which I had managed to renew only three days late this year, having well in mind the $50 fine I suffered last year!; Big Jeremy (Amy’s husband) and Amy drove half way to New York and back to pick up little Jeremy (Amy’s  son) and Zoe for their summer visit; Kiowa and Christie drove in from Tarrytown with the birthday girl, Kelsey.  Craig drove over from the golf course

No visit to Susan is complete without its trip to the stables to feed carrots to Playdoh and Lulu. The following day (July 4th), all the  younger ones spent the hot day in and around the Club pool, returning home in time to dress for the buffet and fireworks display to be held in the same club. I dozed in the garden.

The next day, we all went in two SUV’s to Strasburg to visit the railway exhibit and to let Kelsey experience lunch in the dining car of an old steam locomotive while it chugged forwards and backwards on a short track.

Click on the pictures for maximum detail.

Playdoh's tongue is hanging out in anticipation of a juicy carrot

Playdoh’s tongue is hanging out in anticipation of a juicy carrot

Kelsey's hand is tentatively offering a carrot

Kelsey’s hand is tentatively offering a carrot

On to the next stall. Amy, Kelsey, Susan, Kiowa and Christie

On to the next stall. Amy, Kelsey, Susan, Kiowa. Christie is half-hidden behind Susan

Lulu with Zoe and Kelsey up!

Lulu with Zoe and Kelsey up!

Awaiting the fireworks

Awaiting the fireworks

Kelsey sports her firework tattoo!

Kelsey sports her firework tattoo!

Detail

Detail

. . . . .Zoe has hers on her cheek

. . . . .Zoe has hers on her cheek

Amy and her offspring

Amy and her offspring

Amy with Kelsey

Amy with Kelsey

Susan and Craig - the perfect hosts

Susan and Craig – the perfect hosts

(Little?) Jeremy

(Little?) Jeremy

Candy-floss delight!

Candy-floss delight!

Kiowa reflects . . .

Kiowa reflects . . .

. . . . while daughter beguiles

. . . . while daughter beguiles

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Portrait of Jeremy

Portrait of Jeremy

Susan and grandchildren

Susan and grandchildren

And the fireworks start . . .

And the fireworks start . . .

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. . . . . . .  and this is

. . . . . . . and this is . . . . . .

 . . . the spell-bound joy of the observer!

. . . the spell-bound joy of the observer!

Lunch  will be served

Lunch will be served

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And, finally, a ride on the miniature choo- choo!

And, finally, a ride on the miniature choo- choo!

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3 Responses

  1. It looks as though it was a wonderful visit. Everyone looks great! Love to you all.

  2. A truly memorable fourth. I was impressed by the seasonal tattoos.

  3. Great work Ben. You have a remarkable family.
    John and Ann

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