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    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

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  • 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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Muckleratz

Susan took me along to The Muckleratz 2013 Competitive Trail Ride. Most of the characters and their horses I had met last year with the excitement generated of totally new experience. This year, in spite of Susan’s very best efforts, I just  couldn’t break out of the preoccupation with Ethel’s troubles and my own prospective surgery. The paint brushes and the camera hardly emerged from their respective bags. Susan puts so much into these outings for me that I hated to be a damp squib, but, one must expect one’s share of down days.

Fortunately, Susan, herself, had two enjoyable trail rides over the weekend. Playdoh didn’t win any prizes—he is too highly strung for his pulse to return to normal in the time prescribed by the competition rules after such exciting adventures! He was awarded a plastic pail cover for being the only gaited horse in the competition though!  The two  action pictures of him and Susan were taken by Allison, the competition photographer. They  are best viewed full-screen.

Attendance ribbon

Attendance ribbon

Susan and playdoh happily playing together even though he had given her a lovely black eye while she was lifting his foot to scrape it clean

Susan and playdoh happily playing together even though he had given her a lovely black eye while she was lifting his foot to scrape it clean

With the wind in his mane and his tail a-flying here he is cantering along the spectacular ridge above the valley--what more could a rider ask?

With the wind in his mane and his tail a-flying here he is cantering along the spectacular ridge above the valley–what more could a rider ask?

On one of my few sorties with the camera, I came upon these three ladies, miles from anywhere. Had they forgotten their horses, I wonder?

On one of my few sorties with the camera, I came upon these three ladies, miles from anywhere. Had they forgotten their horses, I wonder?

The campsite was not under-used!

The campsite was not under-used!

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