I shouldn't think it is that your membership has lapsed (altho you could check with Bobby Ward) since the order that people receive the Quarterly seems pretty random. I'm going to enquire of Allen Press sometime about the dispatch process to try and find out why there are such discrepancies.
Global Moderator/NARGS Editor
East Yorkshire, UK
Hi Malcolm,I'll try to remember to let you know when it turns up down here!cheersfermi
Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C
That would be good fermi - and I haven't received my normal membership copy yet either.
Still haven't gotten mine :(
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
1800 mm precipitation per year
Mine arrived today, only had a chance to quickly flip though it; I like the fresh new look inside. Will give it a proper read through tonight.
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
The new Quarterly arrived in Lancashire this morning, a super read Malcolm, hearty congratulations.
Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!
Got mine today! The new look is very nice... will start reading soon!
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
The RGQ has finally made it west of the Canadian Rockies. It was entrusted to Canada Post in Niagara Falls; probably trucked there from the US to avoid international postal costs.
The layout is excellent and I like the emphasis on actual rock gardening which gives the RGQ a distinctive flavour. Great job Malcolm. :D I suspect plaudits are also due to the NARGS Board for approving the additional printing costs with the use of colour throughout.
From the Wet Coast of British Columbia, Canada
Feature your favourite hikes at:www.mountainflora.ca
It arrived yesterday!Looks excellent and worth the wait! I'll be reading it while on holiday!cheersfermi
I want to start by thanking all those who've posted such positive comments about the way the Quarterly looks and the range of content - more updates for the next issue which I'm deep into now - since the weather here has turned into winter - cold, wet hail this morning and this evening I'm driving a 90 miles across the North Yorkshire Moors to do a presentation - working on the new issue is a really good indoor activity.
The other main run of comments is about delivery time - seems that it takes about three weeks for it to progress from Lawrence, Kansas, to the furthest corners of the US - real snail mail! And to most of Canada and Europe (UK at least) much the same. Canadians copies I understand to be freighted to Canada in a batch before being individually dispatched on. So far Fermi, you hold the record with a five-and-a-half week delivery but then at least it feels like it's a good long distance delivery, and we all envy you being well on into spring. I do know that Todd (October 12th) finally got his copy (and a personal contributor's copy) just before he set off to South Africa. Anyway Membership Secretary Bobby Ward and I are keeping in touch with Allen Press about the process. Their statement to us was that 15 working days should see all US copies delivered. My objective is to have each issue ready for dispatch two months after the deadline date, so for the next issue, deadline was November 1st, and dispatch should be by January 1st. If its ready early that's a bonus but that is my target date.
One last thing to ckarify - going back to a comment by David Sellars (Oct 20th) the Fall issue was managed to come in at the same cost as the average of the previous four issues - 80 pages made up of 32+32+16 being a very cost-efficient form. But with the donations from last year toward more color and pages in the Quarterly it gives me the financial space to make some more changes which will be obvious with the Winter issue - then the only problem is to keep it up !