Welcome

Hello and welcome to the Wirral Bonsai Society Blog - an ongoing diary & newsletter highlighting the adventures of the society & its members

Society Diary-We meet at 8pm every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the RAFA club in Oxton (CH43 1UU).

  • 13th January
  • 10th February
  • 14th February Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 28th February Workshop - Gordale
  • 9th March - Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 13th March Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 27th March Workshop - Gordale
  • 13th April - Demonstration - Andy H
  • 17th April Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 24th April Workshop - Gordale
  • 8th May Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 11th May- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 29th May Workshop - Gordale
  • 4-5th June WBS Flowering Bonsai Show - Port Sunlight GC
  • 8th June - WBS Member trees critique
  • 12th June Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 26th June Workshop - Gordale
  • 10th July Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 13th July- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 31st July Workshop - Gordale
  • 10th August- WBS Show tree selection
  • 13-14th August - Wirral Flower Show
  • 20th August - Japan Day, Liverpool
  • 27-29th August WBS Annual Show - Gordale
  • 14th September- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 11th September Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 25th September Workshop - Gordale
  • 9th October Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 12th October- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 30th October Workshop - Gordale
  • 9th November- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 13th November Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 26-27th November - Potter Workshop with David Jones (Walsall Studio Ceramics)
  • 27th November Workshop - Gordale
  • 14th December - Club Party

Membership

New members are always welcome, just come along to one of our monthly meetings at the RAFA club. You can even 'try us out' for a few months before you decide on joining as an official member. The meetings are informal (there's a bar!) and the club members are (mostly) friendly, approachable and happy to pass on guidance and information to anybody interested in bonsai- whatever your level of experience.

Monday, 27 August 2007

AWOL again


Due to another trip to the (hopefully) sunny South of France I will be unable to add anything to the blog until later in September (Unless I find an internet cafe!!!)


In my absense Brian is again pitching in to critique the September meeting -whatever happens!!



Wish me luck hunting yamadori!!

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Ask Santa!!

For all members who were enthusiastic about my new toy, the powered carver- the link below takes you to where I bought it from. (NB it works with a Dremel, not sure about working with other makes! )
Carving may never be the same again!!
(best 'read' in an American shaving advert type voice)





Also available from other good power tool shops!!!

Monday, 13 August 2007

Wirral Bonsai Show prt 4

Some of the Tokonoma
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Les and Andy's composition
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Tony & Ian's display

(a winner at Willowbog!!)


Andy's 'Alcove'

Wirral Bonsai Show prt 3

Some more of the trees from the show

(Apologies if your's isn't shown )

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Les's Larch





Ian's Privet





Lee's Juniper






Doug's Hawthorn





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Bill's Maple group





Wirral Bonsai Show - prt 2



Dave recieving his trophy following a runaway victory in the public vote


Les receiving his prize for getting most work done during the workshop (though not by himself!!)




..another birds eye view!!




Workshop banter with Tony & Andy

(there never was a funeral pire!!!)




... before the fun began!

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Dougs Root over rock Maple -plus a different slant on an accent!!!!

(But at least it wasn't the Peacock that was roaming round the nursery!)


Wirral Bonsai Show 2007 - Review

So.... it's been and gone for another year. ( A big sigh goes up from all organisers!!!)


Congratulations to everybody who set up, exhibited, workshopped and attended another [(acclaimed ;) ] Wirral Bonsai Show.



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Aerial shot of the show



Below are the main show winners as judged by Tony Tickle and the favourite as judged by Joe and Joanna Public........

1st -Tony Franklin's juniper



2nd -Ian Warhurst's Yew

(better photo?)

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3rd -Iain Quayle's Fuchsia

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Public -Dave Mitchell's Maple



(10 points for spotting the Scot, only occasionally seen this far south)

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

August meeting -Pre show workshop

The usual mayhem.....
(or is it Lee & Doug dancing round their handbags at the club disco, with Les drowning his sorrows at not copping off!!!)
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trees....
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and frantic activity...not!!
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'A lot of superb trees will be entered in the Gordale Show, just glad I don't have to judge them. Good luck to all that enter, and to all that go just to see a damn good show, have a nice day'.
Brian
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Tree of the Month- August

TotM for August was Andy's Literati style Escallonia, the tree being selected by Lee (eventually!!)
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Look forward to seeing it as part of a Tokonoma display at the club annual show this weekend.

Friday, 3 August 2007

Nice Jins......

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It's official.........Austrians are strange.


For those members (strictly) over 18, click & search through the 'virtuals' section of the site below to see probably the most bizzarest of 'combinations' I think you might ever find!!!!!




....maybe its something to do with the temperature or the altitude???

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Bonsai Site of the Month -August

August's site is one set up by a collective known as the "Tree Amigo's" (love the name) and I like it as its light hearted, the trees are largely,.. shall we say... at a club level and there are numerous background shots to show some of the trees during their development.



http://www.snowlantern.co.uk/

But be careful if you follow their way of naming trees,- you could end up with a tree called -'furious ant' or even worse -'Ladies wind' !!!!!