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There are quite a few Rhododendrons and Azaleas growing around the church grounds, so I assume the soil in Ampfield ranges from neutral to slightly acidic. The Coast Redwoods seem to like it better than the normal alkaline soil of southern England. The Sierra Redwoods seem to do well in both types of soil, and at low altitudes.

The Demonstration dates for 2013 are: May 18-19, June 15-16, Sep 14-15, Oct 12-13 (10am-3pm)

Yes, and the weather is generally better than Eureka. You can tell, though, that Coast Redwoods prefer foggy climates.

Nice place! Best wishes from Brazil!

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Thapa: I see some power transmission lines along the left side of your picture. This valley, though, is off the direct line between Thankot Deurali and Hetauda, so I am assuming the ropeway did NOT follow this valley.

Anyway, I can't see any towers in the satellite images.

Did you read the amusing article by Mark Zimmerman riding the ropeway in the Nepali Times?

Max: Yes, I did. There are still some sections prominently sitting atop hill. That actually gives you a sort of pain seeing them quietly looking over you..that was so much a part of our childhood fascination.

The ropeway passses over Kulakhani reservoior, which I did not photograph unfortunately. I shall send you couple of photos of the remaining lines. Nexe week I am biking over Chandragiri hill and follow a trail over to Bajrabarahi before climibing to Daman from Palung. I am sure I shall encounter part of it on the way.

(But, who knows, you may be right..they may have already dismantled it in past years since I visited)

Here is another article discussing the reasons why the 1964-1991 ropeway from Hetauda to Kathmandu failed:

I am guessing now that when I took the picture of the ropeway tower in 1990 it was still in operation, although not running that day.

Ever since his first ecstasy or vision of Christminster and its possibilities, Jude had meditated much and curiously on the probable sort of process that was involved in turning the expressions of one language into those of another. He concluded that a grammar of the required tongue would contain, primarily, a rule, prescription, or clue of the nature of a secret cipher, which, once known, would enable him, by merely applying it, to change at will all words of his own speech into those of the foreign one.

Sir Francis Drake (reputedly) landed at what is now called Drake's Bay, looking for a place to careen his ships, besides reprovisioning them. He had brought along a couple captured Spanish Manilla galleons as well as the Golden Hinde.

Ironically, he sailed right past the Golden Gate and missed San Francisco Bay completely. (There was no bridge there at the time.) Historians guess that the Golden Gate was probably shrouded in a fog bank when he passed the Farallones the first time.

But if his men explored Marin County how did they not see the Bay from the top of a ridge?

You have to wonder how different the history of North America might have been if Drake had wandered into San Francisco Bay and brought the news of it back to England. (That might be the bay we call Drake's Bay now.)



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