• Upcoming trips

    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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Susan does windows – 400 feet up!

As part of my ongoing campaign to re-sanitize my apartment, Susan came to do the preparation needed before the furniture-moving crew could do its job. This entailed taking out, and safe-guarding, all the myriad books, drinking glasses and knick-knacks I had accumulated over the years, from shelves and cupboards. It also inspired her to wash the curtains (three times) and clean the windows.

Four days later when the finish on my, now pristine, wood-floor had properly hardened, Susan returned with Craig to attack the heavy layer of sanding dust that filled every cranny and covered everything but the floor itself. This, they did with great gusto. I could never have managed it  myself and counted my lucky stars that I have such caring daughters. Craig did a meticulous job on the glass doors and shelves and also sanded a small piece of the floor which had been inadvertently  covered by furniture. Great thanks to them both.

Here are a few pictures of Susan at work:

Window-cleaner at work . . . .


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Window-cleaner observer – Hand knitted by the window-cleaner herself!





One Response

  1. Lucky you that you had great helpers.. that lamb how much help did it do? I’ll see you next week to see your pristine abode!! Love Nereida

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