• Upcoming trips

    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

    June 9 Christine  lined up for tickets to the Public’s production of “Julius Caesar” in Central Park. This politicized version sported a look-alike Trump as Caesar, hoards of frenetic protesters and a slight female (with no Shakespearian diction) as the wily Marc Antony. But where oh where was the Shakespeare? The highlight of the event was, for me, the sight of an impudent baby raccoon wandering around the apron of the stage!

    June 11 Saw “Cost of Living” at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Wonderfully acted by the four-member cast, the play concerns two couples; one, a caregiver and a double amputee and the other a caregiver and a paraplegic. The scene-changing  accommodates the two wheelchairs very well but the multiplicity of the changes required, makes the story line difficult to follow.
    June  Barbara managed to get 3 seats  in the 59e59th theatre to see “Invincible” by Torben Betts. It is a British story about two neighbouring couples meeting socially for the first time. One couple is  young, avant-garde and activist and the other is typically London east-end. The four actors are marvelous in their parts and the writing of the characters is supurb.

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Tom Passes on!

Sadly, Tom Smith, husband to Kim, suffered a catastrophic illness last Saturday and died.

Since he lived so far away in Scotland, we had resorted to Skype for most of our conversations and, it so happened that I was awaiting a call from him that day to let me know the best version to download! Two years ago, though, he drove Kim and me around Scotland and the Isle of Skye for a marvelously interesting ten days or so, calling in on some of his relatives along the way, and we all found the accomplishment so gratifying that we determined to repeat the drive in Tom’s beloved Lowlands–postponed for ever, now, I’m afraid!

Here are a few favourite expressions of Tom:

Tom in his element — the Lowland countryside of Earlston . . .

 

Tom with one of his nieces . . . . .

 

Tom and Kim on their wedding day . . . .

 

He will be so sadly missed!

 

 

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4 Responses

  1. Know my thoughts and prayers go out to Kim and all her family at this sad time.

  2. Thank you for your support, Amy. I will pass your message on to Kim. LOve, Ben

  3. My condolences to Kim and her family.
    Thinking of you and Kim.
    Love, Chi & Florence

  4. Dear Ben Alan and I have been out of touch again (playing with our beloved boat) and now we’re home we were so sorry to hear the sad news of Tom – please pass on our condolences to Kim.   Hope you are keeping well.Take care,Love Denise & Alan xx

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