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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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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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