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By the time that I got up, Karen and Debra had already been taken to the airport for their early morning flight to Newe Zealand for a short holiday break. Sorry to have missed you, but hope to see you in California in February 2015.

Today a few cars of delegates game by for a look around their collection, a bite to eat and a drink.

The New Zealand contingent waiting patiently while out of sight John is firing up the BBQ and Ruth is preparing salad in the kitchen

The New Zealand contingent waiting patiently while out of sight John is firing up the BBQ and Ruth is preparing salad in the kitchen

The perfect opportunity to join in with the visitors for the guided collection tour. Again, the collection included a large number of Bromeliads, reflecting the fact that John is a past President of the Bromeliad Society. While air-plants take up relatively  little space, quite a few of the terrestrial Bromeliads get quite large.

Lovely markings and colours on these Bromeliads - sorry, I could not find a label.

Lovely markings and colours on these Bromeliads – sorry, I could not find a label.

Some great and mature Ariocarpus again reminded of plants I'd see in nature in a few days time.

Some great and mature Ariocarpus again reminded of plants I’d see in nature in a few days time.

 

John is a true collector and has collections of the least likely of objects including a group of garden gnomes living in the garage. No worries, no pictures – just of plants.

Another plant inspection.

Another plant inspection.

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