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Sunday 29 November 2020

Sunday Chez Paul

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

The good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel. My new laptop has been ordered and arrives on Wednesday, so should be ready for its first Zoom outing next Sunday.

Some of you have said that during these strange and quirky days you quite enjoy to meet up for a chat, so I thought that it would be nice to open up my Zoom meeting to anyone who wants to drop in for a chat.

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.

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 29, 2020 07:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 836 9265 2449
Passcode: NeLaptop

Hope to see you there!

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

Join Zoom Meeting
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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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Meeting ID: 850 0068 5981
Passcode: ChezPaul

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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Meeting ID: 818 1515 4904
Passcode: 128603

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.

Topic: Paul Klaassen’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Oct 25, 2020 07:30 PM London

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Passcode: Tryit

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83836457229?pwd=WDJ6VHBja1QyeFY1QTJBM09OUDV5UT09

Meeting ID: 838 3645 7229
Pass-code: Elisabeth&

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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Meeting ID: 814 0349 6309
Passcode: HolidayNex

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.

Monday 14 September 2020 SWiS 2020 – the morning after

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

Sunday 13 September 2020 SECOND WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER 2020 – DAY 3

I admit that ‘normally’ (for me since, 1985) the 3rd day of ELK is usually waking up with a headache after too much beer on Saturday night, followed by a review of the plants purchased along the lines of ‘Angie is this your plant or did I buy it? Can it fit in your top box or do we start a new box? Shall we take the plants to the car before or after breakfast?’ Then a quiet scratching of the head; How are we going everything in the car? What time shall we leave for Duinkerken? What time do we have to be there? Shall we go for the earlier one? We’d better go for breakfast! Do you have the tickets? Better start saying goodbye to our friends until next year!

This time it is easier. For the first time, we are going to the Sunday lectures without the worry about the journey home. What is the talk? Alain Buffel on his trip with Greet around Australia in 2018!

Introducing himself to his audience, Alain Buffel writes:

‘I bought my first cactus (Mammillaria hahniana and still in my collection in the greenhouse) back in 1978 and a second plant followed the next week.

I was offically infected with the cactus and succulent virus and there was and still is no cure for it. Wanting to see the world of the plants that I grew my first ‘plant-expedition’ followed in 1991 to go and see the then still very exotic world with a 6 week trip to South Africa.

To make a long story short, I never recovered from that infection either and travelling the world to see plants in habitat became a second passion, never to end again. Some 20 trips later I still feel passionate by growing plants, mainly from seeds brought back from habitat plants. This resulted in a trip to Australia in 2018. This the  story of that trip:’

Join Alain at his Webinar at : Sunday 13 September – 11:30 Central European Summer Time
(= 10:30 British Summer Time)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81144723794?pwd=SVA5MTFDYytqOUgrSk9oQ3RFN0hWdz09

Meeting ID: 811 4472 3794
Passcode: BuffelRoo


Join Dr. Jonathan Clark’s ‘Cacti & Succulents in 3D’ Webinar on Sunday 13 September 15:00 PM European Summer Time (= 14:00 British Summer Time) by following: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84737413362?pwd=am9FZFV4eTVlamxuSHBZbmZlZmVvQT09

Meeting ID: 847 3741 3362
Passcode: DrYClark

Jonathan Clark writes: I have been growing cacti and other succulents all my life since school days, and I have always been interested in technology, especially computers, plus photography. My interests also include anything and everything that enables creation and showing of 3-Dimensional images. I have already given many 3D cactus and succulent talks in ‘real’ 3D, taken both in habitat and in cultivation – my aim being to bring a ‘full immersion’ view of cactus habitats to the audience. However, that uses the same technique as the cinema and requires a special screen and glasses. Since everyone will just be viewing the talks this weekend on their home computer screens, that are (mostly) not 3D, it has been quite a challenge to work out a way of giving a 3D talk that can be viewed on normal 2D screens. The method I’ve worked out does NOT need polarising or ‘funny-coloured’ glasses. I will be showing pictures taken during trips to Mexico, including Baja, that I went on with Paul Klaassen and others, as well as pictures taken of plants in cultivation.

Paul writes: Jonathan’s parents must have had quite a sense of humour giving him a middle name starting with the letter Y. There is already a Doctor Who, so he is Doctor Why! Enjoy the images! We hope to persuade Jonathan to write up how he did this (perhaps in Cactus World?) I’d love to know how to do this AND make it look good in webinars!


And that is it! Feel free to stay until the janitor switches off the lights. Have another drink with friends! Make plans to meet up next year for the Second Weekend in September 2021, hopefully at Duinse Polder in Blankenberge, Belgium.

Normally we would be on the ferry to Dover, gaining an hour before we reach England. Some 3 hours after disembarking I arrive home, rushing to unload the car before dark. Tomorrow the race begins to move all my plants back into the greenhouse for winter, until May next year when they move outside for summer sun and rain.

Thank you to all the presenters and people who sat through the test presentations to minimise any ‘problemettes’. Many people have thanked me to help us to get us through these strange COVID 19 days. Check this page for announcements for future get togethers.

Stay Safe!
Cheers!
PK