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    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

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  • theatre and Concerrts

    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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New York Day – A bird in the hand . . . .

Hum-drum days in New York city–the weather hasn’t helped much. These are a few pictures I had in my ‘temp’ file:

Click on them for better detail.

A bird in the hand . . . . . .

A bird in the hand . . . . . .


 . . . . . . is worth two in the bush!

. . . . . . is worth two in the bush!


Sparrow look-out  post?

Sparrow look-out post?


Finches a'feeding

Finches a’feeding


Re-gilding at Grand Army Square

Re-gilding at Grand Army Square


Nasty bang on Second Avenue and 95th Street

Nasty bang on Second Avenue and 95th Street


Happy camper at Coldspring Station Restaurant

Happy camper at Coldspring Station Restaurant



2 Responses

  1. Gorgeous pictures, Ben! And, you are looking quite marvelous! Have a wonderful time in London. Love you! Bonnie

  2. I was very happy to see that the wrens have re-occupied their house on the huge pine-tree in the front of our house. They have been coming back for about 5 years now. Their busy-ness and chirping are very welcome and also much fun to see the new generation appear after the eggs have hatched. It is a little early for me to put up my humming bird’s feeder. When the vines on my back fence produce their huge orange blossoms the little hummers will be there and also to sip the sugar water in their feeder. I believe spring is here at last.

    John and Claire

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