The best blog gift ever :-)

Posted by jerry on April 3rd, 2007 — Posted in Journal, Music

When the strangely-shaped packages arrived addressed to me I thought there was some mistake – clearly the chocolates and whatever else there was, were meant for Sharon as a get well gift … Sharon just smiled and told me to stop being silly and open them.

I could not believe my eyes! Someone must’ve sneaked a peak at my blog a little while back – remember the mystery location challenge set by another blogger – Angela Thomas? Something about chocolate?

Ghirardelli chocolate

But hang on… these were not from Angela – but from Linn who was so kind in asking after Sharon’s health. Now, Linn had emailed me about another blog post of mine – on the Japanese drain covers, and said she had some rubbings of some different ones. Then I opened the long tube package – and there was a mysterious hint of aged but high quality paper. I carefully unrolled it with a wooden batten so as not to tear the delicate parchment and slowly some precision pen drawing and some words emerged – PLAN No 3 – STRADIVARIUS VIOLONCELLO –

Cello plans

yes a complete set of cello plans – hand drawn and with a wonderful patina of age. They were drawn by Joseph V Reid of Hamilton Ontario Canada in February 1963.

Cello plans

You could’ve knocked me down with a feather – Much better than a musty old treasure map of book of spells – these are full size luthier’s drawings.

Cello plans

I am touched and amazed – thank you Linn Skinner 🙂 You have made my day! And the chocolates are wonderful!

Cheers
Jerry

5 Comments »

Comment by Linn

I’m glad to hear the customs folks let the chocolates through to you, and they apparently didn’t melt. They are about the only brand of American chocolates I like.

Posted on April 3, 2007 at 1:43 am

Comment by jerry

Our customs folks seem pretty good with chocolate 🙂 I can see why you like them – they’re very smooth and not too sweet – the dark chocolate is a perfect choice 🙂 Thanks again
Jerry

Posted on April 3, 2007 at 7:31 am

Comment by Beth

wow! chocolates and cello in one go!

Beth

Posted on April 12, 2007 at 9:17 pm

Comment by Roger

Hey Jerry,
I can send you photos of my Cello.
It is Joseph V. Reid Cello No 3 if you like to put them by their plans 🙂

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 5:29 am

Comment by jerry

Thanks Roger – I would love to show photos of your cello with the plans 🙂

Cheers
Jerry

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 6:32 am

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