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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 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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