• 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

    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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Sunday Afternoon with Julia and Roger at the Rockefeller Preserve.

Having read of our adventures in the Westchester parks, Julia and Roger, who love to hike in the woods themselves, suggested that we visit their house in Pleasantville, and, from there, they would take us for a ramble on the easier paths of the Rockefeller State Preserve. We, of course, jumped at the chance to spend  a sunny afternoon in their company. We took a Third Avenue bus to the garage where Christine keeps her car and drove for less than an hour to the Crawford’s landmark house which was built in the 1700’s and, of which, they are justifiably proud. Here are some pictures contributed by our various cameras. Enlarge them for detail: 

The Two Ben’s – my namesake, Roger and Julia’s son – now towers head and shoulders above me!


Relaxing with Roger in his backyard . . .


Julia, lovely as ever . . .


. . . into the woods . . .


Tranquil afternoon at the beach


Not lost . . . .


. . . . .


Julia and Christine planning the next trip . . . .


Time to rest up and contemplate . . .




3 Responses

  1. Thank goodness you had supervision this time! Looks like a lovely hike

  2. So much more civilized than your last adventure!

  3. Looks like a hike I wouldn’t mind going to. Glad you are not lost because you would have not been able to enter into the blog. Ha, Ha, Ha! Just kidding. Glad to see you again. Nereida

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