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    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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Over the Sea to Skye – part 2

The next morning we had the dining room to ourselves. There were  no other residents. The breakfast table was already loaded with fruit and cereals but Ian served us gigantic Scottish breakfasts of eggs, bacon, black pudding, sausages and toast. Although I had ordered only a small portion, I still only managed to get through half of it!

After breakfast, Tom and Kim reloaded the car and we set off to Mallaig where we boarded the 10.30 a.m. ferry to Skye about 26 minutes over the sea. From the ferry we motored north to Idrigill (near Uig) and stayed for two nights at the Orasay B & B. Click on the pictures for greatest detail:

Preparing for the off  . . . . .

Preparing for the off . . . . .

The ferry loaded

The ferry loaded

Ferry view of Skye

Ferry view of Skye

Harbour statuary

Harbour statuary

Second in line for disembarkation

Second in line for disembarkation

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Lunch-time for the birds and us . . . . . .

Lunch-time for the birds and us . . . . . .

Kim and Tom's attention captured

Kim and Tom’s attention captured

Ancient monkey-puzzle silhouetted

Palm silhouetted against a wild sky

Kelp beds In the late afternoon

Kelp beds In the late afternoon

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Idrigill Harbour. . . . . .

Fishermen's nets awaiting

. . . . . . . fishermen’s nets awaiting

Dusk--a ferry returns to Lochmaddy.

Dusk–A parting ferry heads into it bound for Lochmaddy

View from Uig  Hotel where we ate a convivial dinner both nights we stayed at the Orasay . B & B

Views from Uig Hotel where we ate a convivial dinner on both nights we stayed at the Orasay . B & B . . . . .

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On our second day at the Orasay B & B, Tom drove round-trip to Portree to take in the scenery of the lochs, the Skye Museum of Island Life and Dinosaur Beach:

Skye Museum of Island Life . . . . . .

Skye Museum of Island Life . . . . . .

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Old five pound note

Old five pound note

Detail--This is how they kept the roof over their heads during the wild winter winds

Detail–This is how they kept the roof over their heads during the wild winter winds

Apart from  pheasant galore, this was the only wildlife we encountered on our trip!

Apart from pheasant galore, this was the only wildlife we encountered on our trip!

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Cute magnetic salt and pepper set--when pushed close enough, they would forget their difference and click into a permanent kiss!

Cute magnetic salt and pepper set–when pushed close enough, they would forget their difference and click into a permanent kiss! (If only our so-called politicians were like-minded?)

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Skye is sheep country--they dot the hills everywhere. This one wandered down to the sea but didn't make it.

Skye is sheep country–they dot the hills everywhere. This one wandered down to the sea but didn’t make it.

Dinosaur beach. We looked where we thought the marker was pointing but didn't find the foot prints said to be  embedded in the rock.

Dinosaur beach. We looked where we thought the marker was pointing but didn’t find the foot prints said to be embedded in the rock.

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This is how the rushing burns finally end up

This is how the rushing burns finally end up

Note the ominous warning sign!

Note the ominous warning sign!

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Ancient Monkeypuzzle tree

Ancient Monkeypuzzle tree

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Changing light . . . . . . .

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Kim leaves the  "Orasay"

Kim leaves the “Orasay”

My last  picture of Skye

My last picture of Skye

To be continued

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