Thursday, October 8, 2015

R.I.P. Zoe

Zoe lived a very long life- 20 years! I think it was a happy one.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Paris- The Marais

We loved this area of Paris. Lots of museums, interesting shops and art galleries. All within easy walking distance. And lots of very nice people, unlike some of my past Paris experiences.

Our hotel. Our room was right on the street. You can just see our window on the left.
But it wasn't noisy!

 France is a little ahead of us.

One of the many beautiful buildings near our hotel.

Nancy takes a stroll.

 The jump roper.

 Interesting artwork in a gallery window.

Another of the many galleries.

 Saint- Paul-Saint-Louis


 Of course we had to eat breakfast here. Especially after meeting the nice young American owner.

 Art is everywhere.

 Even in the shop windows.

Art? (arf!)

Art ? Graffiti was everywhere, and I loved it!

And more to come...

Friday, September 18, 2015

More pictures from France

 Our wonderful accommodations.

 Sightseeing the day before the wedding.

 More sightseeing in the beautiful countryside.

 J.P. and friends.

 Artwork in the restaurant where we had lunch.

 The lunch the day before the wedding. (La Fontaine Minerale)

 J.P.'s mother and father in the patio of the restaurant.

 Megan and her friends, Sara and Amy.

 More artwork in the restaurant.

J.P. and friends.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Megan and Jean-patrick's wedding. Crest, France , Sept. 5, 2015

Here's just a few photos. (More to come.)

 The happy couple after the vows.

 The drum line leading up to the wedding site at the top of the hill.

 The resident dog, Buddy, gets in line for a drink.

 The wonderful gypsy band.

 Our banners flying in the wind. You can just barely see the two wedding photographers (one video, one still) in the window.

 Another happy couple!

 The party afterwards.

 The bouquet.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Latest theater experience. The Comedy of Errors

I don't usually like Shakespeare but this updated version was very enjoyable. I wish they wouldn't speak "old English" but I suppose that's what the Shakespeare-lovers like. It interferes with my enjoyment having to concentrate so hard to understand. But I guess that's my lack of education showing ! This play took place in New Orleans and had plenty of wonderful New Orleans music and a great set and costumes. It was fun to see a few modern phrases show up now and then - like "Let the good times roll"

Before the performance we had a very nice picnic lunch.  Marge brought sandwiches, potato salad, and chips. Betty brought deviled eggs. Nancy brought fruit salad and homemade cupcakes and I brought store- bought cookies.

This was the scene at the table next to us:

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Open Mic Night at MaGee's Pub with Joel Rafael

Nancy, Beth C., Penny and I went to MaGees Pub to see Joel Rafael Friday night.

Incidentally, Joel's daughter is a friend of Megan's. He lives in Fallbrook.

Joel Rafael has been writing and performing since 1974 and over the past decades has released a stunning collection of eight Americana albums, including a 2CD Woody Guthrie collection with five Guthrie/Rafael co-writes. As a solo performer and with his band, he opened shows throughout the southwestern United States for artists including Crosby, Stills and Nash, Sheryl Crow, Laura Nyro, Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, Iris DeMent, Emmylou Harris, and John Lee Hooker.
Learn more at You can hear his music here.

 Joel Rafael- very enjoyable, but too short (not Joel- the performance!)

 A Reggae band - very good

A classical guitarist- wonderful

It was a wonderful evening.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A day of theater fun.

We had quite a day Sunday. Went to our film club and saw an excellent film "My Old Lady" with Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas. (see the trailer in previous blog)

After that, drove to San Diego to the theater and saw a wonderful updated version of "Kiss Me Kate".

 It was great. We had gone to see it previously and one of the cast members was taken sick and they canceled the performance. Thanks to Marge for getting us the tickets- each time.

From a review:
“Kate” is, in its own over-the-top way, a complex piece of work — a play-within-a-play that pairs Shakespeare with the tropes of mid-20th-century musical comedy.

Here's some of the memorable songs-
So in love
Tom, Dick, Or Harry
Why can't you behave?
Always true to you in my fashion
From this moment on
and of course- Kiss me Kate.

My Old Lady Official Trailer 1 (2014) - Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith Movie HD

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Wine with the Mannings

A couple of weeks ago I was having wine with the Mannings...

including Maddy Manning...

who looks surprising like my favorite picture of George.

(Sorry, if I've over-used this picture of George in previous posts !)


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