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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.

     

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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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