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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
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    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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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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