Monthly Archives: June 2011

Flying home & welcome back to Canada

The first two flights were just enough on time for us to make the connection from one terminal to another at Heathrow. After a long, long day, we finally arrived in Vancouver. But once again, British Air and Iberia had … Continue reading

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Farewells, south to Palencia, north to Bilbao

We were up until after two o’clock Saturday morning taking down paintings and preparing to repack the artwork, and during one of our midnight shuttles through the labyrinth of the monastery we encountered a couple of bats flying around the … Continue reading

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IUFRO Conference: Friday, May 27

On our final field trip, during a coffee break at a small bar off the highway, we saw TV footage of police clubbing peaceful protestors and dragging them out of the Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona, much to the distress of … Continue reading

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IUFRO Conference: Thursday, May 26

Another solid day of presentations at the monastery, e.g. Phytophthora Diseases of Chestnut Trees in Black Sea Region of Turkey, How to Recover the Health of Secondary Forest “Satoyama” Declining by the Japanese Oak Wilt, and Climate Change and Forest … Continue reading

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IUFRO Conference: Wednesday, May 25

After breakfast we left the monastery for a day long field trip. We had the opportunity to see Fusarium circinatum (pitch canker) on Monterey Pines, and Mycosphaerella sp. on Eucalyptus. Forestry staff cut down an infected pine and made some … Continue reading

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IUFRO Conference: Tuesday, May 24

This was a very full day of presentations. The delegates’ slide talks lasted about 10-15 minutes each, with questions and answers. Papers and discussions included: ~Effects of pruning on Pitch Canker Disease in Monterey Pine plantations ~Foliage and dieback diseases … Continue reading

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IUFRO Conference: Monday, May 23

There are over 70 delegates from Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, Czech Republic, Sweden, Scotland, Canada, Finland, Austria, Hungary, Japan, USA, France, Norway and South Africa. Most arrived Sunday night and a few more came in the morning. Very exciting! After … Continue reading

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