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Roger Lang's Blog

Ste. Marie-aux-Mines show report pt. 3

8th Jul 2010

Last part of this years report (and thanks to the added "height" parameter easier to finish, thanks Jolyon)

Friday, 25th of June 2009

Slight hangover that morning. We arrived at about 11.30 a.m. at the show, taking the shuttle from the outside visitors parking (i can recommend this, although the shuttle bus was sauna-like). When exiting the bus i found out that i forgot my camera in the car: %&$§!$!! I was lucky that i could borrow a compact camera from the Beckers so i could take some shots anyway.

Crowded place friday (or was it saturday?)
For comparison: thursday afternoon

After having purchased some jewelry for my beloved wife at the Eurogem we did the big tour another time and i purchased some specimens i had seen the days before, including a Lavra do Sapo Apatite from Luiz Menezes. Later packing all the stuff i purchased at the base and preparing for transport.

Apatite from Brazil
Myself studying US fluorite

Then it was time to prepare for the official mindat meeting at Spirifer Minerals! On my way i ran into Paul Bongaerts again and met Tim Welting and Leon Hupperichs for the first time. We headed together to Tom´s booth where the preparations for the event were in progress. Imagine large leafs of bread, a big cup of lard with onions and a pot with polish gherkins accompanied by iced bottles of - wodka. Soon it got quite crowded, Tom was providing the people with colourless ice cold fluid in small glasses and beer and we had a very relaxed late afternoon. Jeff Scovil came in, as well as Luis Menezes, Gerhard Niceus, Wolfgang Esche, Hubertus Huhne, Steffen Michalski, Robert Müller and many others. Must have been a nice sight, somewhat like a beehive.

Mindat party about to start
The chef serving vodka
Luiz Menezes, Ingo Löffler and Joachim Esche

Ingo Löffler, Asia & Tomasz from Spirifer and Jeff Scovil
Gerhard Niceus & J. Esche
Crowded house

Time Welting, Leon Hupperichs, Paul Bongaerts and Tom (with vodka supply)
Hubertus Hühne

After a couple of vodkas and beers i decided to return to the base before losing the coordinates ;) and because we had promised Jordi Fabre that we would also come to the FMF party. After picking up Uta we joined the FMF people for another beer and then had to hurry for the last shuttle bus to the parking area, where Rolf Heeren waited for us to drive to the Hotel. MUCH earlier to bed that evening after a last time dinner at the Huhnerstall.

FMF party
FMF party again

Saturday, 26th of June 2009

Sleeping until 10 am. Needed that ;) Once again to the show, around 12.30 this time and doing the "farewell" tour. Much more people now compared to the days before and it was not really fun as it was really hot and the sun burned on our heads. We met some people who stayed longer at the mindat party - wise decision to leave earlier, hehe. Rumours tell about 7 bottles of vodka, some gallons of beer and the one or other did not show up this morning ;). Time to say goodbye to our hosts, the Beckers, and then taking a look at the Mezica exhibition before leaving. I must admit that i was really disappointed. Except a very few good wulfenites it did not meet my expectations at all - i have seen much better specimens in the past from Mezica and Idria. Nice to get an impression but IMHO could have been better. On my way out i ran into Steffen Michalski again to say goodbye finally (and take another picture).

Some displays of the Mezica/Slovenia exhibition
Quite nice (if not the best) wulfenite of the exhibition
Steffen with faceted calcite

Anyway, again a great show with lots of kind and kowledgeable people, good food and drinks, excellent weather and the typical und unique "flair" of the Ste. Marie aux Mines Euromineral/Eurogem.

Thanks to all the people we met for a great time again, thanks to Philipp and Anderson Becker and their whole family for being our perfect base again, all fellow collectors and friends for joining us - and as i wrote last year: Good Bye Ste Marie 2010 - hello 2011!


P.S. after being back home in the evening (just in time to watch soccer) i found an interesting mineral in my garden. An excellent specimen of hedgehogite with brownish to cream whitish pointed crystals aggregated on a matrix of anxious hedgehog. Boy they are loud! I thought there was a steam train snuffling in my backyard.


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thanks for all three blogs, Roger - wonderfully entertaining - nice to be able to put faces and names together!

ps - is that a cabinet or museum size Hedgehogite?

Maggie Wilson
9th Jul 2010 4:43pm
Unknowingly we met at the booth of Hans & Jolanda. You got to photograph the azurite specimen Hans was showing you. Nice reports and pictures! Hope to meet you again someday!

Philip Mostmans
9th Jul 2010 5:49pm
I was in New Zealand in March and also found Hedgehogites in situ. They were quiet and amenable to petting.


Robert Rothenberg
26th Jul 2010 1:21pm

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