Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year to all the readers of this blog.
Hope you all get the pipes and tobacco you asked Santa for.
Brian Mills, President of the UK Federation of Pipe Clubs, has been in touch with further proposals for the British Championships. As these develop I will put an extra page on the blog dedicated to UKFoPC.
Additionally, Brian has put together ideas for other events for next year, including:
May (26th) Madrid, XXII Campionato de Espana.
June (date tbc). Barcelona Cup in Pipe Smoking.
July (Sun 15th). British Championships, Newark & Nottingham Showground.
October. World Championships, Seville.
If you are interested in any of these, let me know and I will give you Brian's contact details.
Please note the change of date for the British Championships.
Brian Mills, President of UK Federation of Pipe Clubs, has been in touch with some more details.
Confirmed date is Sunday 15th July 2012, at the Newark Showground.
If you are interested, please get in touch and we can organise the logistics for getting Scottish pipe smokers represented at this event.
I will update as I get firmer details.
Apologies for the delay in posting, work has been pretty hectic recently.
November meeting was another quiet one; just John and myself. However, we had a nice sunny, relatively mild afternoon (at least until the sun went down).
I concentrated on my new Peterson's Kildare, with some St Bruno. John was smoking Mac Baren Navy Flake in his Parker billiard.
For the forthcoming December meeting, don't worry about the weather...we've got shelter and heating and tea and coffee (or something stronger) are available at the bar.
I've been asked by a reader of the blog (Jason, from Tasmania in Australia) for help identifying (and possibly sourcing) a blend called "Caledonia Medium".
It was the favourite blend of Jason's late Uncle for many years and he used to get it from Herbert Love in Queensferry Street (now closed unfortunately).
If anyone recognises the name and can suggest a possible replacement source, please let me know and I will let Jason know.
I'm guessing that if Caledonia Medium wasn't blended by Herbert Love themselves, it might have been a re-labelled bulk blend from one of the major suppliers. If this is the case, it might be available elsewhere under a different name.
Thanks in advance for any help.
We are now officially a member of the UK Federation of Pipe Clubs.
Brian Mills, the President, has been in touch and has suggested as a first step towards reviving the Federation (which had lapsed a bit since the smoking bans came in to force) a weekend event next summer, somewhere in central England.
As I get more information, I will pass it on.
The light, persistent drizzle didn't deter Myles and myself from a pleasant afternoon's pipe smoking!
We had a bit of a Mac Baren themed meeting: Myles tried the 7 Seas Cherry Blend and I tried some "Mixture, Scottish Blend"...both of us being very happy with the experience, although Myles prefers the slightly stronger flavours of Cherry Ambrosia. We also got through some St Bruno and Orlik's Bull's Eye.
We both showed off our latest pipes...my Peterson's Kildare and Myles' Freehand Missouri Meerschaum corn cob.
Don't forget, there are still raffle tickets left for the Peterson's 314 pipe, £2.00 per ticket, so you could be walking away with a very nice pipe at a very low price! We've also got a selection of tobacco for members to try for free...if you haven't got a spare pipe let me know as I bring a few of mine to meetings (they've all been cleaned regularly so they're ready to smoke) and you are welcome to borrow one.
I'll be picking up a couple of tins, from The Pipe Shop, during the week so there will be a varied selection of blends to try next Saturday.
Knowing how much overlap there is, between pipe smokers and followers of the great detective, I thought there might be some interest in Scotland's only Sherlock Holmes society.
As it doesn't feel like we've had a proper summer this year, it feels a bit premature to note that it's getting noticeably darker and colder in the evenings.
However, it's unavoidable so I'd like to switch the meetings to a weekend afternoon. If there are no objections, the second Saturday of each month, from 2.30 pm...this will make the next meeting on Saturday 8th October.
Hopefully this should give us a better chance of not needing thermals, hats and scarves for a bit longer!
I was hoping to post a live update but whilst The Cuddie Brae has wi-fi, it's a bit patchy outside :(
Four of us made it today: Colin, John and myself were happy to welcome a new face...Graham has been smoking a pipe for years but has only recently discovered how much wider the choice is nowadays.
John and I tried some of the Mac Baren 7 Seas Cherry Blend: very nice although it might have benefited from allowing it to dry a bit before smoking. It's a mild blend but has a very pleasant room note. Colin and Graham sampled the Mac Baren Navy Flake and both gave it a solid thumbs up! I thought they might as I already think it's a lovely smoke. I think there will be at least a couple of tins being bought in the near future.
I sold several raffle tickets for the Peterson's 314 but will carry the draw over until at least the next meeting, so please come and try your luck :)
A few weeks ago, I thought I'd take a chance and contacted Mac Baren Tobacco to see if they would be willing to sponsor us with a tin or two...to use either as raffle prizes, or to be available for members to try a different blend.
This morning, I was very pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from the Managing Director of Gawith, Hoggarth & Company (Mac Baren's UK distributor).
Not only are they very happy to provide some Mac Baren blends for us to sample...and some from other blenders, including themselves, in the future...but they are also sending a prize for the next raffle! I will post details and photos when it arrives*.
*I know what's coming, but I'm going to tease you! :)