• Upcoming trips

    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

  • theatre and Concerrts

    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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Christmas with Susan and Craig

I am extremely fortunate in that, when things go wrong (as they are wont to do more often as the years pile up), I have two  caring daughters and a great-grand-son who steam to my rescue at the first sign of need. Susan is the Commander in Charge and she  brooks no argument.  Before the void of loneliness could set in, she had Craig conjure me  from my apartment and take me to her home in York before I could even begin to think up  any excuses. (In truth, she  knows me far too well and I love to be in her company).

On Sunday, 22nd December, Craig drove me to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Virginia—A wonderful place, packed with the history of my time. I will make the visit the subject of my next post.

On Christmas eve, Susan and I drove over to the stables where she now keeps Playdoh and Lulu, to give Playdoh his Xmas treat. (Lula is away being trained).

Click on the pictures for the best detail:

Bleak parking lot--makes one yearn for the blazing fire!

Bleak parking lot–makes one yearn for the blazing fire!

Cold outside . . . . . .

Cold barn outside . . . . . .

. . . .  warm inside

. . . . warm inside

My goodness! The setting sun is getting in my eyes!

My goodness! The setting sun is getting in my eyes!

Stable sunset  . . . . .

Stable sunset . . . . .

. . . . .  if you look closely, you will find that the 'leaves' on the trees are hundreds of birds gathering to migrate en masse

. . . . . if you look closely, you will find that the ‘leaves’ on the trees are hundreds of birds gathering to migrate en masse

Welcome Christmas view from the upper floor

Welcome Christmas view from the upper landing

Yum, yum . . . .

Yum, yum . . . .

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Jeremy intent on his game

Jeremy intent on his game

 . . . . .Zoe likewise

. . . . .Zoe likewise

Decorations details . . . . .

Decorations details . . . . .

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Replete and contented Christmas Family!

Replete and contented Christmas Family!

The jokes in the Xmas crackers were hilarious--you should have read Craig's one! . . . . . . .

The jokes in the Xmas crackers were hilarious–you should have read Craig’s one! . . . . . . .

 . . . it was the funniest of them all. . . . . . . .

. . . it was the funniest of them all. . . . . . . .

. . . . but before Jeremy's time, perhaps? Here, he reminds me of the classical Baryshnikov.

. . . . but before Jeremy’s time, perhaps? Here, he reminds me of the classical Baryshnikov.

On Boxing day , we took the lads for a Christmas romp in the snow.  They loved it but got so much snow stuck to their paws that Susan had to de-ice them time and again!

On Boxing day, we took the lads for a Christmas romp in the snow. They loved it but got so much snow stuck to their paws that Susan had to de-ice them time and again!

Finally - earth-tones in the garden.

Finally – earth-tones in the garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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