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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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Longwood Gardens and carless

Although I still love to drive, I decided to dispose of my car and give up driving before being forced to do so by the inexorable march of time. So, I took the opportunity of my last drive to Susan’s house in York, PA, to transfer my car to my granddaughter and son-in-law.

Susan  had invited me to spend a few days with her at this time since Drue, Craig’s mother, was also visiting and Susan thought it would be a rare opportunity for us to see each other again (Drue lives in Detroit).

After the business with car was completed, Susan and Craig took us to Longwood Gardens, a wonderful institution which started out as the estate of Pierre du Pont in the early 19oo’s and was expanded by him over following  years so that, now, it rivals, in display and innovative gardening techniques, botanical gardens anywhere.

Here are my pictures-enlarge them by clicking on them for the best detail:

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

 

Drue (Craig's mum)

Drue (Craig’s mum)

 

Autumn brilliance

Autumn brilliance

 

Fancy palm

Fancy palm

 

Exuberant blossoms

Exuberant blossoms

 

Fall colours

Fall colours

 

Pansies surprised?

Pansies  surprised?

 

Hot item!

Hot item!

 

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Craig and Drue

Craig and Drue

 

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Caption follows:

 

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Craig and Susan

Craig and Susan

 

One of many greenhouses

One of many greenhouses

 

Children's fountain

Children’s fountain

 

Palm Court

Palm Court

 

Susan's picture

Susan’s picture of a single plant trained to blossom at the same point in time!

 

Outsize lily pads . . . . . .

Outsize lily pads . . . . . .

 

 . . . and flowers . . . .

. . . and flowers . . . .

 

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different breed . . . .

different breed . . . .

 

Giant bud . . . .

Giant bud . . . .

 

Regular size . . . .

Regular size . . . .

 

One of a large collection of Bonsai trees--some more than 100 years old!

One of a large collection of Bonsai trees–some more than 100 years old!

 

An organist is employed to keep the flowers happy!

An organist is employed to keep the flowers happy!

 

Part of the chrysanthemum wizardry

Part of the chrysanthemum wizardry

 

labellled

labelled

 

Topiary gardens . . . .

Topiary gardens . . . .

 

 . . . big bird . . . .

. . . big bird . . . .

 

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Daughter and Dad. (Picture by Craig)

Daughter and Dad. (Picture by Craig)

 

Pumpkin clutch . . .

Pumpkin clutch . . .

 

. . . . pumpkin hybrids . . .

. . . . pumpkin hybrids . . .

 

Susan's picture of yours truly . . . .

Susan’s picture of yours truly . . . .

 

We spent a memorable day. . . . .THE END

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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