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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

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • 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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Lulu and Playdoh at Muckleratz

Susan, with the help of Craig, had previously prepared her posh new trailer for the Muckleratz Competitive Trail Ride and  so was able to make an early morning start, with the aim of getting to the camping ground before the best sites were taken. On Friday morning (25 July) Craig drove Susan and me to the stables where Susan loaded the two horses and me and we set off on the one and a half hour journey to the camp, often over hills with scary winding roads. Richie and Vicky, owners of the stables, presented us with a bottle of nice wine to enlighten our way.

As it turned out, we were the first of the competitors to arrive  and we had the luxury of commandeering the best site in the field; day-long tree shade for the horses and a sunny aspect for us humans.

Playdoh did very well in the competitive part of the ride but, as usual, he was so hyped up by the 25 mile ride that he was unable to get his pulse rate down in the time allotted. This lost him ten points. Otherwise he would have had a near perfect score! Lulu is learning and appeared to be somewhat tired after her 12 1/2 mile ride–Susan says she (Lulu) needs to be fitter and faster.

Click on the pictures for detail

Symbol of the stables

Symbol of the stables

 

Richie and Vicky's elegant stables . . . . .

Richie and Vicky’s elegant stables . . . . .

 

. . . .the paddock in front

. . . .the paddock in front

 

Playdoh about to be persuaded to enter the trailer

Playdoh about to be persuaded to enter the trailer

 

The trailer set-uwith awning and tent at the side . . . .

The trailer set-up with awning and tent at the side . . . .

 

Lulu in the pen behind the trailer, under the shade of the trees . .

Lulu in the pen behind the trailer, under the shade of the trees . .

 

 . .  .here they are together

. . .here they are together

 

Fold-up utility trolly--essential for carrying the masses of food and water that horses demand

Fold-up utility trolly–essential for carrying the masses of food and water that horses demand

 

This horse is pondering his powerful successors

This horse is pondering his powerful successors

 

The bustle of horse trailing

The bustle of horse trailing

 

While Susan was out on the ride, I went fishing . . .

While Susan was out on the ride, I went fishing . . .

 

 . . .  . didn't catch anything!

. . . . didn’t catch anything!

 

 . . .  here's my forlorn tackle box!

. . . here’s my forlorn tackle box!

 

Lulu sporting her new hat . . . . .

Lulu sporting her new hat . . . . .

 

. . . . very elegant!

. . . . very elegant!

 

Here is Susan's Paso Fino group. It's difficult to get 5 horses to remain in focus for long . . .

Here is Susan’s Paso Fino group. It’s difficult to get 5 horses to remain in focus for long . . .

 

. . .  so here they are in two groups . . . .

. . . so here they are in two groups . . . .

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

Lulu being cooled down after her ride . . .

Lulu being cooled down after her ride . . .

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

Part of the competition

Part of the competition

 

After-ride examination

After-ride examination

 

A horse's eye!

A horse’s eye!

The End

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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