Thursday, 8 December 2016

Cambridge MA etc 8th Dec 2016

Morning light across the Charles River -  with Boston's famous CITGO sign almost in a halo

Morning ,light - Boston view taken from outside our Hotel

Looking across the River to Boston University (and the Marsh Chapel)

Our Cambridge Hotel is not too shabby!

Bern and Maureen shivering in a Kendall Square (Cambridge) doorway after our Boston Trolley Tour  (which they enjoyed immensely.  We were waiting for the shuttle back to the Hyatt.



Dinner this evening with good friends in Plymouth MA

 L-R  jmp, Jonathan and Andi Taylor, Bern and Maureen Theobald.

 It was a gorgeous reunion, with rich, funny, and delightful conversations. 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Sadness ... and travel

Our good friend Ben died yesterday.  At aged 92 he was in good physical and mental health  (except for blindness caused by macular degeneration).

Ben had been at my home on Monday evening to raise a glass of gin in honour of my sister and brother in law who are visiting from England.

He grew very sick during the night, and mercifully died after less than twenty four hours of illness.

Ben was generous, funny and wise.  He could also be a curmudgeon!

The gang of us who are his pals are sad, but we are not devastated.  Ben's was a good long life.  We will miss him.  But we are not weeping, and we do not need condolences,  sympathy or prayers!


Maureen, Bern and I leave in a few hours for a trip to the Bay State where we will do some touristy stuff  (Concord, Lexington etc).  Mostly we'll be visiting with friends in various Bay State cities from Plymouth in the east to Pittsfield in the west

Eat your hearts out St. Boniface friends we'll be having dinner with Jonathan and Andi Taylor on Thursday evening in Plymouth  (about half way between South Yarmouth on the Cape, and Cambridge where we will be staying for a few nights).

Back home on Monday.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Bristol UK (and Wakefield MA) friends of Ron and Char

Eat your hearts out Judy, Janet, Martyn, Sam, Toby, Ruth and Dennis

Guess who we had lunch with today.

At Le Bordeaux Restaurant, 1900 Main St, SRQ

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Another day in paradise with my family members from the U.K.

We skipped my  Episcopal Church this morning in favour of attending The Church of the Palms (Presbyterian) here in Sarasota.
The Church of the Palms, Bee Ridge Rd., SRQ

I had hoped to hook up with some dear former St. Boniface friends who now attend C o P, but regretfully that did not happen.

The Pastor at C o P delivered an excellent sermon  -  well in truth it was more of an ovation than a sermon  (in old fashioned Scots Presbyterian style).

He had excellent and biblical material, but sadly we missed some of the finner points since he has the unfortunate habit  (common to all too many preachers)  of dropping his voice at the end of sentences.

( I was more than disappointed that I did not encounter my friends and introduce them to my sister and brother in law).

Nonetheless we were blessed to be there, and to share in a reverent and dignified celebration of Holy Communion.

After a late breakfast at home (eggs and bacon etc) we went this afternoon to Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Centre for an utterly wonderful concert by the Sarasota Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the superb Anu Tali from Estonia.  Music lovers in SRQ have taken her to heart!

The programme included two ever popular pieces:  Aaron Copeland's "Appalachian Spring" (what a work out for the Flautist!), and Dvor├ík's Symphony from the New World.

My sister Maureen and I are the two Povey siblings who most enjoy Classical Music, and I was bursting with pride and joy to be seated  next to her as we both luxuriated in this terrific music "in my home town"!

Van Wezel

Anu Tali