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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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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!

Click on the pictures for detail

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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