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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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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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