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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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San Juan del Sur – Sunsets, Sea and Sand!

Susan and Craig took me to their place in sunny Nicaragua  for a couple of weeks’ relaxation and fishing. As it turned out, Craig had to return after a week to attend to some business and in the second week we were joined by Susan’s horse-riding friend, Nicole. The fishing trip had  to be abandoned because Nicaragua was assailed from the Caribbean side by a hurricane which caused a great deal of coastal flooding, and from the Pacific side, where Susan’s villa is situated, by a tsunami! The tsunami, caused by an undersea earthquake out in the Pacific, could have been disastrous but the wave was only three feet high by the time it reached the coast at San Juan del Sur and caused hardly a ripple. As a precaution, however, the village had been evacuated and all boat trips cancelled.

We did not forego our Sunset viewing though. It is almost mandatory for ex-pats to abandon everything but their gin-and-tonics at sundown to watch the spectacular sunsets from their balconies. We took two boat trips and had the added advantage of seeing the sun go down while out to sea!

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High up windows in the Villa

High up windows in the Villa

 

Interior

Interior

 

Exterior. Balcony overlooking the hills and bay of San Juan del Sur

Exterior. Overlooking the balcony and the hills and bay of San Juan del Sur

 

Evening view from the balcony

Evening view from the balcony

 

Still-life as the sun goes down!

Still-life as the sun goes down!

 

Town library

Town library

 

Readying for a birthday party

Readying for a birthday party

 

One of the beach restaurants

One of the beach restaurants

 

Veronica. A delightful six-year-old con artist . . . . .

Veronica. A delightful six-year-old con artist . . . . .

 

 . . . this is a shell armadillo she sold us. She proffessed to have made it with her own fair hands!

. . . this is a shell armadillo she sold us. She professed to have made it with her own fair hands!

 

Jane, our hostess for dinner one night and long-time friend of Susan and Craig, has, for many years, run a very popular charity school and education centre for the local people.

Jane, our hostess for dinner one night and long-time friend of Susan and Craig, has, for many years, run a very successful lending library  and Community centre for the local people . . . . .

 

 . . . . .Susan in the school library . . . . .

. . . . .Susan in the lending library . . . . .

 

 . . . .toys for the kids.

. . . .toys for the kids.

 

Sailing to the beaches . . .

Sailing to the beaches . . .

 

Nicole nicked!

Nicole nicked!

 

Fresh fish for the outing . . .

Fresh fish for the outing . . .

 

The captain is also the chef on board!

The captain is also the chef on board!

 

We all dine at thr captains table.

We all dined at the captain’s table.

 

Susan testing the water . . .

Susan testing the water . . .

 

Macho beach player . . .

Macho beach player . . .

 

Feminine counterpart . . . .

Feminine counterpart . . . .

 

Beach party . . . . .

Beach party . . . . .

 

Running repairs . . . . .

Running repairs . . . . .

 

Susan and nicole paddling . . .

Susan and Nicole paddling . . .

 

Strong swimmer . .

Strong swimmer . .

 

 

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Susan silhouette . . . .

Susan silhouette . . . .

 

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Harbour view from a beach restaurant

 

Pelicans at sunset.

Pelicans at sunset.

 

Farewell !

Farewell !

Nicole was very disappointed that she didn’t encounter any Howler monkeys–They were heard but not seen. She was, however, impressed with this bird:

Local inhabitant

Satisfied local inhabitant

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4 Responses

  1. Beautiful photos from a beautiful trip!

  2. Your photos are always a delight. Glad you all were safe.

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