Adrian and I were playing our dulcimers recently at the Radio Springs Hotel near Daylesford, in Lyonville, Victoria, when a couple of amateur photographers asked us to allow them to take pictures. We agreed and let the photographers direct us on where to sit. Derrick Lee took this picture and a few others and said he would mail copies to Adrian. I think it's pretty cool that Adrian actually received a couple of photos in the mail! The original picture is not digital.....and I am 10,000 miles away from my trusty scanner.....so I took a picture of this picture to share the talent of Derrick Lee and to say thank you, publicly. There's a photo exhibition going on nearby.
Adrian is playing a Simerman dulcimer, and I am playing a "jocimer" that was built by my friend Bob Magowan in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2007 Adrian bought the jocimer in Memphis and returned to Australia with it. This picture reminds me of many ways I have been blessed in the last few years. Here I am in Australia, blogging about playing a Memphis-made jocimer -- a "one-off" instrument made by a fine luthier and friend of mine -- at a delightful place, called the Radio Springs Hotel, which is owned by kind and generous Australians who are my newly found friends. I am amazed.