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Sunday 22 November 2020

Sunday Chez Paul

There will not be any presentations here, due to System Maintenance.

Some of you have said that during these strange and quirky days you quite enjoy to meet up for a chat, so with the announcement that England will be in COVID-19 from Thursday, I thought that it would be nice to open up my Zoom meeting to anyone who wants to drop in for a chat.

Paul Klaassen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Paul Klaassen’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Nov 22, 2020 07:30 PM London

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15 November

Sunday Chez Paul,

The Maintenance on my laptop is still in progress. 

I spent some of last week looking through various images from Stops of previous C&S trips. A pattern evolved where ate most stops there would be plant of which would say ‘That’s a great / pretty / interesting plant – but what is it?’

It’s a theme that I’ll explain in more detail tonight – as long as the laptop holds out!

Roll on Black Friday when I get my new laptop!

I hope to see you tonight after 7:00 p.m. GMT for a 7:30 start.

Topic: Paul Klaassen’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Nov 15, 2020 07:30 PM London
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Sunday 8 November

Sunday Chez Paul,

The Maintenance on my laptop is still in progress. Often it works perfectly well and then, without warning, the keyboard ceases to function – it then works often in tablet mode, I try to keep most of my data (images, music and my digital records) on plug-in Hard Drives. Just as my keyboard ceases to function, so my hard drives will occasionally ‘freeze’, usually when you need them. The solution is to replace it with the latest model.

I’m watching the internet like a hawk and as soon as the Black Friday offers start pouring out I’ll grab one at the right price. In the mean time, fingers crossed that things work tonight!

I have offered to write some articles for the Mammillaria Society Journal and after the informal chat I’ll try to show a short presentation to see how it works.

I hope to see you there!

Sunday Chez Paul Zoom Meeting
Time: Nov 8, 2020 07:00 PM London

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Sunday 1 November

Sunday Chez Paul

There will not be any presentations here, due to System Maintenance.

Some of you have said that during these strange and quirky days you quite enjoy to meet up for a chat, so with the announcement that England will be in COVID-19 from Thursday, I thought that it would be nice to open up my Zoom meeting to anyone who wants to drop in for a chat.

Paul Klaassen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Chat meeting
Time: Nov 1, 2020 07:30 PM London

Join
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Meeting ID: 893 4452 9680
Passcode: 1NovChat

I’ll open the Waiting Room at 07:00 p.m. If no one turns up by 08:00 p.m. I might shut down for the night.

I have ordered a new laptop but with the new lockdown, it’s anybody’s guess when it will arrive.

Hope to see you tonight! Stay Safe!

Sunday 25 October

Since Friday I have been wrestling with a broken laptop. I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 that I use as a laptop, but the link with the keyboard has ceased working.

It kind of works but it is slow as many keys are in the ‘wrong’ places. So let’s give it a go:

Paul Klaassen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Time: Oct 25, 2020 07:30 PM London

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Sunday 18 October 2020

Chez Pauls

Tonight we should finish the outline itinerary, from Fiambala to Uspillata. Elisabeth and Norbert Sarnes from Germany did this stretch in 1996 where as my experience is from 2008, so I jumped at the chance. They should have been along the route at the moment if it had not been for COVID-19.

Any suggestions or offers for future presentations will be gratefully considered and most likely presented here.

I offered to give more publicity for tonight’s speakers but they asked to keep it small and low key – they quite like the intimacy of the open-mike, small audience feel of these meetings.

Hope to see you tonight!
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Paul Klaassen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Elisabeth & Norbert Sarnes Zoom Meeting – Fiambala to Uspillata
Time: Oct 18, 2020 07:30 PM London

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Sunday 11 October 2020

Chez Pauls

Paul Klaassen is inviting you to another scheduled Zoom meeting.
Time: Oct 11, 2020 07:30 PM London

Holiday planning Zoom Meeting – Chile & Argentina 202? part 3

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Since the Second Weekend in September I have been planning Angie’s and mine next trip to cactus country. Angie asked for another trip to Chile and I had come across an image taken on 18 May 2001 of me sitting in a field of flowering lupine shown on the previous page. This tends to suggest a travel date of May, but as we are not prepared to put our lives at risk while the Coronavirus travel warning still limits where we can go safely, the start date is left open.

The above map shows an outline of the planned route, flying in to Santiago, Chile, driving north via Ruta 5 until the turning to San Pedro de Atacama. I selected images for this stage on Sunday 27 September. Last Sunday (4th October I showed images of the journey form San Pedro de Atacama, over the Paso de Jama to La Quiaca, Argentina and looked at plants growing along the border with Bolivia.

Today I’ll show you pictures from the journey South, to and up the Quebrada del Toro before returning to a lower altitude via Cachi and Cafayate to Famatina. There are lots of Tephrocactus on this stretch, with many in flower. Next week I’ll try to find all the Argentinean Eriosyce Group known as the Pyrrhocactus Group, to get us back to Uspallata and the border crossing tunnel through the Andes back to Chile.

Sunday 4 October 2020

Last Sunday we had a small but nonetheless cozy meeting where I had intended to share images of my first trip to Chile in 2001. I was a little overconfident that I had all my trip presentations on a plug in hard drive so had done far too little time prepare for the presentation, only to find that in 2001 I was dragging two analogue cameras and about 40 rolls of 35 mm film with me, together with a prototype of one of the early Nikon cameras thanks to the father of a classmate of my youngest son, who was (and still is, I believe) the Marketing Manager of Nikon Europe.

Having to take life easy after I had a heart attack in 2006, I scanned all my conventional slides to digital format.

Why start in May? The above image was taken in May 2001. The area was covered in flowering lupines. My camera gear now is a whole lot better now so this will be an opportunity to retake the image with better results.

This Sunday I’ll entertain you with images from Chile around San Pedro de Atacama, to La Quiaca on the Argentina / Bolivia border before heading south to the Quebrada del Toro and on to Salta.

We did this stretch and more; Yavia cryptacarpa and the Blossfeld Oreocereus forest as well as most taxa in the Eriosyce Pyrrhocactus group and in the genus Tephrocactus.

Topic: Sunday Chez Paul Zoom Meeting
Time: Oct 4, 2020 07:30 PM London
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Meeting ID: 868 9966 5067
Passcode: Hols2021

I look forward to seeing you there.

Monday 21 September 2020

I really enjoyed the Second Weekend in September, that just like previous ELK events, once it has passed, soon is filed in the memory banks and planning moves on to ELK 2021, hopefully along the lines that we’ve got used to in previous years.

The ‘core’ members of our ELK party are already talking about a get together in the Netherlands, to visit our friends who run C&S nurseries, chat, eat and enjoy a drink or two. I did not get my annual ‘red cross parcel’ for the first time since my move to the UK in 1967 and I have not yet experienced what I can bring back legally since BREXIT kicked in. I have long run out of Zoute Drop (licorice), Zaanse Stroop Wavels and to pick up some Dutch junk food in the shape of ‘een broodje kroket’.

Here in Wiltshire, at Solstice Park, we celebrate that today in about 91 days, on 21 December, the days start getting longer again. In the mean time I’ll have to make do with playing back old presentations, starting with Chile 2001 this coming Sunday.

Sunday  September 27, 2020 07:30 PM British Summer Time

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Meeting ID: 823 5657 0320
Passcode: 2001Chile

Anyone who wants to give a Zoom presentation, even just to try out the format, let me know.

Hope to see you there!

Back home! I never left this time!

So yesterday night we would have arrived home in Amesbury, Wiltshire, avoiding the A303 and the queues past Stonehenge, 5 miles farther on.

Sadly, there was no haul of plants to unpack. The dustbin men woke me forcing me to get up and add the empty bottles of Westmalle to the glass only container. It’s still hay-fever season for me – this time due to the orchid pollen, At least I did not suffer any sneezing attacks during the presentations!

Normally, part of the ELK experience is that I would have finalized the upcoming trips to cactus land – checked that my fellow travelers were ready. Check how many pounds we need to change to dollars, pesos or whatever else we need this year. Nothing! Just as well as the currency exchange rates are not good and quite variable. Last year I had already started planning for the next trip, to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, bought the books and guides and read up the essentials – where do the cacti grow? The plans will still be good when travel once again be possible.

So it remains for me to thank all the speakers for their fine talks, Ronald Fontyene and Ian Woolnough on the Friday, Rikus van Veldhuisen, Finn Larsen, and Wiebe Bosma on Saturday and Alain Buffel and Jonathan Clark on the Sunday. Brilliant photography, wonderful landscapes and for showing us a huge range of varied plants, some I’ll probably never see in nature – clearly I started too late in life!

I looked through my bank statements and see that there is a lot more money in then normally on this date! Yet I would have gladly seen the usual post-ELK nearly-broke status and look back on the real-life experience!

Finally a great thank you to all those who attended – without you it would have been a very empty and boring on these pages.

If you click on the ‘Follow…’ button at the bottom right of this screen, you’ll get a message of my future webinars, mostly on Sunday night. If you’re free, I’ll be happy to see you there.

Hope to see you next year at Blankenberge for ‘the real thing’!

Stay Safe!
Cheers
Paul