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Friday 7 August 2020

Chez Pauls

Dr. Jonathan Clark: ‘Cacti and succulents in 3D’
Date and time: Sunday 9 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88687624737?pwd=VXd6Zlc2WW1JTEVSdmppWHA3ejRXdz09

Meeting ID: 886 8762 4737
Passcode: DrY3D

Jonathan has been taking 3D images and movies on trips in Chile and Mexico. In the old world of meetings-in-halls and digital projectors projecting images on screens, it was necessary for the audiences wear ‘funny looking glasses, to obtain the full benefit of the 3D effect.

Tonight he’ll show us how we can enjoy 3D without the need to wear the funny glasses and explain how the magic is achieved. It should also take a good deal less time to carefully set up the necessary equipment in the hall, but I gather it is quite time assuming for to prepare the material for 3D presentation.

Next week:
Eunice Thompson: ‘Looking for Cacti and Succulents by drone’
Date and time: Sunday 16 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: to be announced
Password: Bellflower

Tephrocactus Study Group – Speaker and subject to be announced
Date and time: Sunday 23 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: to be announced
Password: WhoTCSG

Alain Buffel:

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Date and time: Sunday 30 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: to be announced
Password: BuffelRoo

Sunday 2 August 2020

Chez Pauls

Today’s meeting is an Open Microphone / Camera meeting.

To join this Zoom Meeting, click on the link below, close to the start time of 19:30 BST
Time: Aug 2, 2020 07:30 PM London
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86561018009?pwd=bGhuajQ0Z0tEQ3l4UUVSbHp3VWxsZz09

Meeting ID: 865 6101 8009
Passcode: toohot

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Future weeks:

Dr. Jonathan Clark: ‘Cacti and succulents in 3D’
Date and time: Sunday 9 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: to be announced
Password: DoctorY

Eunice Thompson: ‘Looking for Cacti and Succulents by drone’
Date and time: Sunday 16 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: to be announced
Password: Bellflower

Tephrocactus Study Group – Speaker and subject to be announced
Date and time: Sunday 23 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: to be announced
Password: WhoTCSG

Alain Buffel:

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Date and time: Sunday 30 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: to be announced
Password: BuffelRoo

Friday 24 July 2020

Chez Pauls

Just to confuse you, I thought that I’d announce Sunday’s meeting a few days early. Rikus is back from holiday and would like to entertain us with his trip to Tanzania that ran into a few technical problem a few weeks ago.

Rikus van Veldhuisen presents Magical Tanzania
A presentation about his latest trip to Tanzania last January with a lot of Euphorbias.

Start Time: Jul 26, 2020 07:30 PM London

To join this Zoom Meeting, click on the link below close to the start time.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84070180368?pwd=d3hTYXR4THI4cEZwZUdBL3dmNU5Xdz09

Meeting ID: 840 7018 0368
Passcode: Rikus

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Last minute update

Rikus and I had a success test meeting this morning: his wife had bought a new tablet enabled him to play his presentation so that I could hear and see it: Success!!

But Rikus has another engagement tonight, so will go straight to the SWiS2020 event – now not too far away.

I have been working on another Chile presentation, so unless anyone has anything else to entertain us with, I can show you that.

Future meetings include:

Speaker and title to be announced
Date and time: Sunday 2 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: to be announced
Password: Who

Dr. Jonathan Clark: ‘Cacti and succulents in 3D’
Date and time: Sunday 9 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: to be announced
Password: DoctorY

Eunice Thompson: ‘Looking for Cacti and Succulents by drone’
Date and time: Sunday 16 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: to be announced
Password: Bellflower

Tephrocactus Study Group – Speaker and subject to be announced
Date and time: Sunday 23 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: to be announced
Password: WhoTCSG

Alain Buffel:

Date and time: Sunday 30 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: to be announced
Password: BuffelRoo

Sunday 19 July 2020

Chez Pauls

Yesterday I had been invited to give a BCSS Branch presentation Zoom presentation to the Reading & Basingstoke Branch entitled Brazil 2018.

We experienced a few technical hitches which meant that the planned 45 minute presentation – a travelogue through the Brazilian States of Minas Gerais and Bahia – took closer to two hours. As a result we ran out of time to run Part 2 – Succulent Conservation Issues – including Cacti. Those that lasted the course suggested that we’d run Part 2 tonight.

Brazil 2018 pt 2 – Succulent Conservation Issues (incl. Cacti)
Time: Sunday, Jul 19, 2020 07:30 PM London BST

Click on the link to join the Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82248934019?pwd=YThtdmRJdXVpK3diMTJXRVpGVERUdz09

Meeting ID: 822 4893 4019
Password: conserve

We hope to have some friends from Brazil with us: Marylan and Caio Coelho, Marlon Machado and Gerardus Oltshoorn will comment on he current position on Arrojadoa marylaniae , believed to be the first cactus species to have become extinct since the IUCN started to monitor the status of living organisms in 1964, on the Melocactus conoideus project to which the BCSS Conservation made a financial contribution and to the threat posed by quarrying posed for populations of Coleocephalocereus taxa. To give the presentation a more optimistic note, Marlon took us to some populations of yet undescribed species of cacti.

I will be recording the meeting for learning and training purposes.

Hope to see you there!

Time flies! I seem to have spent most of the past week either at Zoom meetings or preparing for them.

Last week’s (nearly) speaker, Rikus van Veldhuisen is away on holiday and will redo his test presentation next week.

Inviation

Topic: SWiS2020 preparation Zoom Meeting
Time: Sunday July 12, 2020 07:30 PM London

Please Join the Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89786520774?pwd=MVFpcXJJSzAydW45dHpFenZmbzdyZz09

Meeting ID: 897 8652 0774
Password: 728575

I will report on some interesting developments in the past week. Any reports from others are very welcome, Anyone who wants to test something out for their SWiS2020 presentation are very welcome.

I will have my Cuba presentation ready to provide some entertainment and will have my weekly bottle of wine ready to enjoy a relaxed chat with friends.

Happy Birthday to Angie Money and to Mark Fryer in California!

Every Sunday, at 19:30 BST, I host an informal zoom meeting by a number of speakers whom I would like to be speakers during the Second Weekend in September 2020.

This Sunday I would like to invite you to Rikus van Veldhuisen’s Informal Zoom meeting entitled :

Magical Tanzania
– a presentation about my latest trip to Tanzania in last January with a lot of Euphorbias’

Time: Sunday July 5, 2020 07:30 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87683353817?pwd=SElUZ01IVEdQdlpmOC9xcEZzUFA3dz09

Meeting ID: 876 8335 3817
Password: RikusvV

I have a Zoom Pro Account that allows for up to 100 attendants. Like any cactus meeting, when the hall is full, there is no more space. Please email me if this should happen to you. If this should happen a lot, than I can look into alternative solutions.

Zoom has a ‘record’ function that can be operated by the host, for host and speaker to both learn from these informal meetings and are then deleted. Many speakers do not give permission to record the talks, so if you have unfortunately missed the meeting, do not embarrass me to have to refuse your request. If you know that you will have to miss a future meeting by all means contact the speaker and ask them to grant me permission to record their talk. After the meeting, I can send the copy to the speaker and let them distribute them as they want. Files are quite large so you may need to use free software such as WeTransfer to send the files. Without explicit written instructions from the speaker, I will ignore requests.

In these days of the Covid pandemic, I am happy to learn and gain experience of Zoom meetings by paying for the Zoom licence out of my own pocket. I would encourage everyone who attends these or other hobby Zoom meetings / presentations either by the BCSS or any other hobby organisations to share lessons learned.


Friday, 26 June 2020

Another Zoom presentation announcement

Every Sunday, at 19:30 BST, I host an informal zoom meeting by a number of speakers whom I would like to be speakers during the Second Weekend in September 2020.

This Sunday I would like to invite you to Wiebe Bosma’s Informal Zoom meeting entitled :

Best of Asclepiads in habitat
– a selection of habitat picture of Stapeliads from southeastern Spain, Socotra, India and Ethiopia

Time: Sunday June 28, 2020 07:30 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89643745681?pwd=Nm81eHRVVzBFc2xuZDBvak03bFM3Zz09

Meeting ID: 896 4374 5681
Password: 150573

I have a Zoom Pro Account that allows for up to 100 attendants. Like any cactus meeting, when the hall is full, there is no more space. Please email me if this should happen to you. If this should happen a lot, than I can look into alternative solutions.

To celebrate tonight’s Summer Solstice event, I thought I’d try a new approach for inviting friends past, present and future to informal Zoom presentations on any Cactus or Succulent Plant related subject.

These presentations came about as I had a crazy idea to fill the gap left in my calendar for the Second Weekend in September 2020 with a series of Zoom presentations by various speakers randomly selected from my circle of friends. Most people may not realize that there is quite a bit of preparation for such presentations rather than the 45 minutes or so that you see on the day.

Giving your presentation via Zoom is quite different to setting up your computer and projector in your club’s hall and watching with your audience what appears on the screen (or sometimes a plain white wall).

Yes, you still play your presentation on your computer, but what does your audience see and hear? Is your internet connection good enough to upload your program that may include music, video, 3D images and video? Does the Grandfather clock next to your computer interfere with the sound that the audience hears? What about the pump of your aquarium? Are your kids planning a party while you’re planning to entertain your audience? Who knows, we’re all learning! We’re not afraid to try out new things – and fail, and learn how we might overcome the challenges.

To work towards excellent presentations on The Second Weekend in September 2020, (SWiS2020 for short) I’ve set up these informal Sunday meetings. Initially I wanted to keep the audience small. If you want to present your last trip to Cactus Country, you might like to invite the friends who went with you. I wanted to invite a few friends with far more experience in the use of ZOOM to help out when things go wrong. Since then the audience has grown, as due to the need to isolate during the Coronavirus pandemic, people run out of things to do.

I intend to use these Blog pages to announce the details of the invite to the informal Sunday Zoom meetings.
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Paul Klaassen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Madagascar 2016
Time: Jun 21, 2020 07:30 PM London

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88994896983?pwd=UmdyclVYMk15bEUwWU5VSjQwT3lGdz09

Meeting ID: 889 9489 6983
Password: PKentertai

I have a Zoom Pro Account that allows for up to 100 attendants. Like any cactus meeting, when the hall is full, there is no more space. If this should happen a lot, than I can look into alternative solutions.

The actual trip that this presentation is based on is included in my Cactus Trip Diaries starting at https://pkcactus.info/2016/10/15/

It’s not over until it’s over and that is the moment that I put the key in the lock of my front door at #12. That was not actually until 09:00 on Monday morning, 25 November, although we arrived at Angie’s, at #10, next door, at 23:00 hrs on Sunday 24th November.

So, if you read this blog for the stories of us visiting cacti and other succulent plants in their habitats and to see some of the images that we took of amazing plants in glorious scenery, then you might skip this page.

Instead you’ll find some stats and details that have often faded by the time that they might be useful in planning future trips, especially to answer questions of people who travel for the first time in a new area, such as

  • How do I get there?
  • Where will we stay?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What will we see?
  • What should I bring with me?

and many other questions. This page may well grow in time to come, so do revisit it from time to time. The answers may differ depending on what country the future trip intends to visit, but here I’ll just focus on experiences and notes on this 2019 visit to Chile.

The planning started quite early. Angie and I had planned a trip to Chile in 2017 to celebrate Angie’s 60th birthday and would include up to a week at a farm near Hurtardo, in the Andean foothills, to allow Angie to combine some childhood fantasies of horse riding in nature, her love of cacti and our love of Chile and her people that we have enjoyed over the last twenty years.

On Saturday 13 April 2019 I bumped into Ian Thwaites at the BCSS AGM meeting in Leicester. ‘Going anywhere nice this year?’ he asked. Just another trip to Chile to visit old friends, i.e. the easy to get to cactus spots. ‘That is at the top of my ‘must see’ cactus spots’, he admitted. So come along, I suggested.

A week later he wrote to confirm that he was in. So on to the third question in the list above: How much will it cost, roughly? I mentioned quotes on flights and car rentals and web pages of places that we might stay in, to get a rough idea, but added: ‘There is a spare seat in the car, so fuel costs and shared rooms will work out a lot cheaper if you can find a fourth person that we can all put up with and he with us!’ And so Al Laius volunteered to leave his Sansevieria to look after themselves for three weeks and come along to Chile.

TO BE CONTINUED

We all finished our packing and were ready to embark on our long journey home at 11:00. There was just one last formality to complete after we had shaken hands with the retired owners of Hotel Rosa Nautica and their daughter who had taken over. This was of course the final (until the next time) goodbye to ‘my garden’ on the rocks overlooking the Pacific waves crashing on the beach. A quick look at the three different taxa of Eriosyce that grow here confirmed that flowering was over, a bit earlier than usual, I belief. I’ll enjoy looking up dates and flowering reports of previous visit to this location in the build up to Christmas 2019.

We still had the issue of finding a car wash to resolve so that we could return the Suzuki to Andres in a good state. We considered driving to the Copec to check if they had a car wash and if it was open, but that was some 10 km farther away along R5, in the wrong direction. There will be other Copec stations on the way to the airport where we could get the car clean and pick up a hotdog as well.

Although the number of fuel stations along R5 has increased greatly since 2001 and cars have become more economical they were still reasonably scarce, with more appearing on the other carriageway, heading north, than along the southbound one. They increased as we got closer to Santiago, but here most seemed to have suffered damage by the recent social protest activities, so that they were either burned out or boarded up. This was also the case at my usual stop at Llay-Llay, where the wind seems to always much harder than elsewhere. We filled up the tank for the last time so that the fuel gauge level indicator would match that of the car when we picked it up from the airport three weeks ago. No car-wash obvious, but fortunately my craving for hot-dogs was satisfied by a mobile emergency stand.

I had been quite chuffed with my ability to find most places we wanted to go without the use of my trusted Garmin Nuvi SatNav. Ian’s mobile phone had a TomTom App that had been useful to add some fine detail at some locations, but by Ian’s own admission, he was not very experienced in its use when it came to finding the right turn off from the now busy R5 for the Aeropuerto, so we became familiar with some more of Chile by me taking a wrong turning so that we were now heading west towards the coast again. The car must have misunderstood – yes we do like to be beside the seaside, but now the airport was our priority.

Ian and his phone soon got us back to the right road so that we arrived in very good time for our drop off of the car. Al and Angie plus the luggage were dropped off at Departures and Ian and I drove on to the massive roadworks in progress that will, in time, be a beautiful multistory car park. Finding Andres’ associate to hand over the car, the keys and the car park ticket had in the past always a bit stressful, as by now our minds were firmly fixed on getting our luggage checked in and settling down to a final Pisco Sour and checking on the departure times of our flights. Ian’s mobile that had worked the best in Chile was a great help. It photographed the final readings of the milometer, the fuel gauge, the block and row number where we left the car and the ‘for the record’ shot of me kissing the car as thanks for the reliable and comfortable service that it had provided during the last three weeks. Thank you, Andres and his team.

As usual, I like to have plans for my next trips already planned by the time that we get home. Currently plans are for a trip to Baja California sometime in February / March and another trip to Chile in November 2020. In between there will be short trips to Germany to visit Angie’s family and to the Netherlands to visit friends and of course, to the annual cactus festival at E.L.K. in Belgium in September. All plans are HaWP (Health and Wealth Permitting) as always.

PK thanking our rental car as we return it at Santiago Airport.
Photo Ian Thwaites
Thank you, Andres!