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    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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Over the Sea to Skye – conclusion

Leaving Methlick, we drove to DunKeld via Pitlochry and Aberfeldy, pausing by the way to take in historic sights and to talk to the owners of a print gallery who operated an old platen press on their premises and carved their own woodblocks for their decorative prints.

Tom’s sister, Kitty, lives with her husband, Douglas, in Aberfeldy and they treated us to a rousing  Scottish feast. Douglas had been stationed in Hong Kong in the aftermath of WWII and  had preserved a wonderful collection of photographs of the period a few years after I had left it. Heedless of the  passing time, he and I happily compared notes and memories of the period. So beguiled was I, that I forgot to take pictures of the hosts for this record!

We had booked in to the “Pend” B & B in Dunkeld earlier and returned to it after dinner.

After breakfast the following morning, we left the “Pend” for the return journey to Earlston via Glenrothes, where  we called in on Tom’s aunt Dorothy.

Click on the pictures for best detail:

Kim took some pictures too. Here I am at one of the overlooks

Kim took some pictures too. Here I am at one of the overlooks

Unique flower arrangement

Unique flower arrangement

The climate is ideal for gardeners . . . . . .

The climate is ideal for gardeners . . . . . .

. . . . they grow in profusion everywhere!

. . . . they grow in profusion everywhere!

This is a woodblock carving in process--One colour of a decorative wrapping paper, perhaps?

This is a woodblock carving in progress–One colour of a decorative wrapping paper, perhaps?

Typical village Main Street

Typical village Main Street

Village marketplace

Village marketplace

Eilean Donan castle. (Tom's photo)

Eilean Donan castle. (Tom’s photo)

Perth

Perth

The bell tower of Dunkeld Cathedral--the only part open to visitors while the building is being completely renovated

The bell tower of Dunkeld Cathedral–the only part open to visitors while the building is being completely renovated

Tom and I absorbed in a wayside information plaque

Tom and I absorbed in a wayside information plaque

Glencoe Falls (Kim's photo)

Glencoe Falls (Kim’s
photo)

A tangled web indeed!

A tangled web indeed!

Aunt Dorothy's opening gambit--something to do with rising damp . . . . . .

Aunt Dorothy’s opening gambit–something to do with rising damp . . . . . .

. . . . . . Tom is concerned . . . . . .

. . . . . . Tom is concerned . . . . . .

. . . . . but Aunt Dorothy is not!

. . . . . but Aunt Dorothy is not!

Firth of Forth Bridge from the speeding car

Firth of Forth Bridge from the speeding car

Sundown

Sundown

Back to Earlston

Back to Earlston

Guardian tree

Guardian tree

"Kizzie"  one of Kim's charges

“Kizzie” one of Kim’s charges

Detail

Detail

Kim's exotic toadstool

Kim’s exotic toadstool

Farewell Earlston . . . .

Farewell Earlston . . . .

The end

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2 Responses

  1. Dear Ben… Thank you for taking us along on your Scottish road trip. Tom and Kim did such a wonderful job planning it. Your pictures are beautiful, as always. I was sorry to reach the end! Love, Bonnie

  2. What a great road trip. Enjoyed the pictures and the story

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