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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.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    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.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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Over the Sea to Skye – part 3

We ckecked out of the Orasay B & B after the second B and began our circular return journey.  The ferry was not on this route–Instead, we motored across the Skye bridge to the mainland at Kyle and continued on to the Ythanview Hotel in Methlick. On the way, we stopped at Glenmoriston to view the local falls; drove along the whole length of Loch Ness’s northern shore and passed through Inverness among other towns and villages.

After settling in at the Ythanview Hotel, we drove a further 20 miles to Aberdeen  to visit Rebecca in her apartment and to take her out to dinner, returning to the Methlick  B & B  at bedtime.

The next morning, we returned to Aberdeen and spent the day with Rebecca who guided us, on foot, around her University and  some of the local attractions.

Click on the pictures for the best detail:

Glenmoriston Hotel

Glenmoriston Hotel

Local craft shop

Local craft shop

craft sample-- composite image?

craft sample– composite image?

Resentful!

Resentful!

Glenmoriston Falls

Glenmoriston Falls

Raging waters

Raging waters

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Granddaughter, Rebecca

Granddaughter, Rebecca

Cozy bar at the "Ythanview"

Cozy bar at the “Ythanview”

Aberdeen

Turreted gate in Aberdeen

One of  the University buildings

King’s College. Aberdeen University building.

Interior

Modern organ pipes in the XIV century chapel

Ancient carving

Ancient carving

Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms

Virginia Creeper climbing the old stone walls

Virginia Creeper climbing the old stone walls as a backdrop for a 21st century sculpture

Another Coat of Arms

Another Coat of Arms

The Cathedral Church of ST. Machar in old Aberdeen was founded about 580 AD, it is said, by a companion of St. Columba of Iona, Machar. The present building dates from 1350-1520:

The graveyard

The graveyard

Bishop Elphinstone  (1483-1513) completed the central tower and built the south transept. He also had time to found the University of Aberdeen

Bishop Elphinstone (1483-1513) completed the central tower and built the south transept. He also had time to found the University of Aberdeen

Previous worshipers

Previous worshipers

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The “Father Willis” organ was installed in1891

Another view of the churchyard

Another view of the churchyard

One of Rebecca's favourite views  in Aberdeen

One of Rebecca’s favourite views in Aberdeen

 

Breakfast at the Bed and Breakfast

Breakfast at the Bed and Breakfast

 

We bid farewell to the B & B in the early morning . . . .

We bid farewell to the B & B in the early morning . . . .

Taking note of the opening hours in case we should pass that way again.

. . . . .taking note of the opening hours in case we should pass that way again.

TO BE CONTINUED

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2 Responses

  1. Wonderful photo of Rebecca. She looks lovely!

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