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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

  • 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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Caribbean Interlude – Part 1 – Dinner Companions

This was our 14-day get-away from the depth of winter–I have lost my old enjoyment of New York winter weather, especially the excitement of pristine snow in the Park and suburbs– years and medication have contrived to thin out my blood to the extent that I am  now chilled rather than braced by winter’s air temperatures–I need to break up the ever-lengthening cold period. I still wouldn’t dream of  moving out of New York city but I do appreciate more, the indoor concert season. I took my paints with me on the cruise as usual but didn’t even get them out of their carry-on bag–I spent most of my time on the sunny balcony with a glass of  wine and a bad book!

We did, however meet up with a group of people with whom we became friends and dinner companions. Together, we made interesting conversation and had quite a few laughs. My camera acted up in the subdued restaurant light at first, but, I consulted the manual, got it back on track, and captured some very good (I think) expressions of our group during dinner. So many, in fact, that I am loath to exclude any for fear of ruining the narrative. This is the reason for the split post. Click on the pictures for more dramatic detail:

View of the World Trade group as we were leaving the city . . . . . .

View of the World Trade group as we were leaving the city . . . . . .

 

 . . . . wintery farewell from the Statue of Liberty as we got underway . . . . .

. . . . wintery farewell from the Statue of Liberty as we got underway . . . . .

 

 . . . . . sunny welcome from San Juan two sea days later . . .

. . . . . sunny welcome from San Juan two sea days later . . .

 

Island harbour scene . . . . .

Island harbour scene . . . . .

 

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Dinner companions, Susanne and Bruce . . . .

Dinner companions, Suzana and Bruce . . . .

 

Susanne . . . . .

Suzana . . . . .

 

Denise, passionate ballroom dancer . . . .

Denise, passionate ballroom dancer . . . .

 

 . . . . with her partner Craig . . .

. . . . with her partner Craig . . .

 

 . . . . posing foir the camera

. . . . posing for the camera

 

sobering thought--crew carrying out an emergency exercise

Sobering thought–crew carrying out an emergency exercise

 

Christine on the beach

Christine on the beach . . . . .

 

 . . . . my kind of beach--Plenty of natural shade and some rockpools with crabs and fishes . . . .

. . . . my kind of beach–plenty of natural shade and some rock pools with crabs and fishes . . . .

 

Gloriously undeveloped, yet! . . . .

Gloriously undeveloped, as yet! . . .

 

. . . empties . . .

. . . empties . . .

 

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. . . . .

 

Good parking spot . . .

Good parking spot . . .

 

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Dinner wear!

 

Photo, anyone?

Photo, anyone?

 

On safari at Trafalgar Falls - Dominica National Park.

On safari at Trafalgar Falls – Dominica National Park rain forest.

 

Rockslide on theway to the Falls

Rockslide on the way to the Falls

 

Local craft . . .

Local craft . . .

 

Christine hugging a tree in the rain forest .. . .

Christine hugging a tree in the rain forest . . . .

 

Local craftsman

Local craftsman

 

Dinner companion, Bobby . . .

Dinner companion,  and expert Karaoke singer, Bobby . . . .

 

 . . . . . lent me his wig for this picture!

. . . . . lent me his wig for this dinner picture!

 

Leone . . .

Leona . . .

 

Craig . . .

Craig . . .

 

Bruce . . .

Bruce . . .

 

Leone and Bobby

Leona and Bobby

 

Denise and Susanne . . . .

Denise and Susanne . . . .

 

 . . . . the wig caused it . .

. . . . the wig caused it .

 

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. . . . . the wig!

 

 . . . and here we all are good friends at dinner!

. . . and here  are three quarters of our group. All  good friends!

 

To be continued in Part 2

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. Christine is as beautiful as ever. The wig makes you look like one of the Beatles. You redeem yourself in the last photo.

    • Amy. Thank you. The wig picture is causing laughs everywhere. I’m Glad to be able, still, to give some amusement. Ben

  2. Excellent photos. There were endless laughs and priceless moments. It was a pleasure meeting you.

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