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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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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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