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A Few Holiday Photos #4: A New Friend in England and a Sailing Regatta

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 10-25-2013 05:43 PM 1089 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One thing I would strongly recommend to any of you who travel is to make the effort to meet some of your online LJ friends abroad when you can. This trip, to England, Belgium and France was a good example. Our first stop after landing in London this time was to Essex. The reasons were that it was a place we hadn’t seen before , there was a regatta of classic gaff rigged boats there, and most of all to meet an LJ friend, Jim Rowe (JR45) who is building a chevalet from my SU plans.

Jim took me to the European Woodworking Show which was in a nearby town that weekend , then down to see the beautiful Thames sailing barges and the finish of the Maldon Town Regatta before joining up with our better halves for dinner at Jim’s “local”. We couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome to England and a better start to our holiday. Thanks Jim.

I didn’t get any photos at the woodworking show but I did at the regatta.

This is Jim aboard one of the Thames barges.

And of course there often seem to be gifts involved when LJ’s meet and this was no exception. Jim presented me with this very practical and elegant set of sanding blocks, custom fitted to the size of the abranet hand sanding sheets. Then at the show I got a good price on a couple of packages of the sheets ….. couldn’t have worked out better.

And last but not least, two new friends in Jim’s home (although I think by now he has moved).

Thanks again Jim, ......... for everything.

Thanks for looking in

Paul

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/



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stefang

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#1 posted 10-25-2013 06:23 PM

Looks like you had a great time Paul and experienced some English hospitality at it’s best.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 10-25-2013 06:25 PM

thanks paul for sharing this part of your trip, yes . meeting new friends who just so happen , happen to be lumberjocks, its amazing how that all works out…and i have learned that there are many generous hearts in the wood working field, enjoy your new stock of veneer, cant wait to see it, i know from your smiles you had a jolly good time..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 10-25-2013 06:30 PM

It’s good to meet our olin friends!

-- Patrice lejeune

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 10-25-2013 06:48 PM

That is fantastic…! Meeting a new friend on a trip makes it even more memorable and special.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#5 posted 10-25-2013 09:16 PM

Bloody good old chap!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#6 posted 10-25-2013 10:52 PM

Well Met! Good on you both!
Looks like a splendid time was enjoyed by all!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 10-26-2013 03:18 AM

You had a wonderful trip!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Brit

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#8 posted 10-26-2013 09:16 AM

What a wonderful meeting and a wonderful trip you had Paul. It is always good to get off the typical tourist trail when you come to the UK and there’s no better way to do that than with a fellow LJ. I played host to an American LJ and his girlfriend a couple of nights ago, but I’ll wait for him to blog about that when he gets back to the US.

Well done Jim for making Paul feel so welcome.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#9 posted 10-26-2013 03:46 PM

What a wonderful opportunity you had Paul … with lasting memories. Next trip, I want to cram myself into your suitcase!!! But I guess the next best way to see the world (and meet LJ friends) is to live vicariously through these experiences you share with us all. Thanks Paul!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#10 posted 10-26-2013 05:09 PM

Sounds like a great time, wonderful sailboats, a woodworking show and a good friend to show you around.
Can not get much better than that. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 10-26-2013 05:32 PM

Looks like a very memorable trip! Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 10-26-2013 09:31 PM

Beautiful boats there! Anything good going at the woodworking show? Glad you had a good trip!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#13 posted 10-28-2013 02:34 AM

sounds like a great trip…highlighted by new friends!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 10-28-2013 01:18 PM

Looks like good times, good memories

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#15 posted 10-31-2013 11:24 AM

Hi Paul
It was our pleasure to meet with you and Elinor earlier this month. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing a little bit of Essex all crammed into a couple of days. We are now in our new home in Great Edstone and are making good progress in emptying boxes and re-finding things that we knew we had packed somewhere! It took nearly 3 weeks to get our broadband connection working and today is our first day back on line. It’s amazing how one becomes so reliant on having access to the net.
I have a new workshop space that will give me a lot more room than I had available at the old place, so I hope to be organised and running shortly. I need to get that chevy finished.
I will post a picture of the exquisitely made coasters you brought over with you. I hope, one day, to be able to cut work in that detail.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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