Society Diary-We meet at 8pm every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the RAFA club in Oxton (CH43 1UU).
- 9th January- AGM
- 13th February-Swindon Show prep
- 24th Feb -Gordale Workshop
- 3rd March -Gordale Workshop -Steve Tolley
- 13th March - Members Tree Critique Club show prep
- 10th April- Tony Tickle/Terry Foster -Fine wiring and ramification
- 28th April -Gordale Workshop
- 9th May-Peter Warren Subject TBC
- 26th May Gordale Workshop
- 12th June-John Moffat-Great trees of the Wirral
- 30th June -Gordale Workshop
- 10th July- Simon Jones-Subject TBC
- 28th July -Gordale Workshop
- 14th August- Club Show Tree selection
- 25th August -Gordale Workshop
- 21st-22nd September -Club show -Gordale
- 11th September-Post show talk- New Member Introduction
- 29th September-Gordale Workshop
- 9th October- TBC
- 27th October -Gordale Workshop
- 14th November- John Armitage- Japanese Exploits
- 24th November -Gordale Workshop
- 11th December- Club Party
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Do one thing - plant a tree
‘The early summer floods that devastated many parts of the UK were a real wake up call to how vulnerable we are to the elements’, said Pauline Buchanan Black, director-general of The Tree Council. ‘But trees provide an effective flood break and improve water absorption, offering an excellent defence we shouldn’t ignore’.
‘Planting trees is great fun too - even on a wet blustery day, the thrill of going out and getting your hands dirty, something many of us don’t do often enough, is really rewarding when you stand back and see the benefits of your hard work.
Whilst tree planting is a global issue we should not forget how important trees are to our immediate environment. Recent concerns over the ‘chainsaw massacre’ which has seen many urban trees being cut down but not replaced, means that more than ever, we need to take action to replenish our tree stock and truly benefit from trees.
The Tree Council has been working closely with BBC Breathing Places and the campaign to ‘do one thing’ to improve our environmental health. The Autumnwatch programme, in the run up to National Tree Week, will give encouragement to plant trees and is extremely timely, says Pauline. ‘Trees are of enormous importance to us in so many ways. By making the planting of a tree the one thing you do, you will have made a lasting impact for future generations’.
Dave, privet, Mr. Pitt and friend (Morea?) (-good selection of pots but what's with the windowsill art????)
Thanks to Les for the pics. Though you will need to get better at focusing your camera next time!!
Sunday, 18 November 2007
Friday, 16 November 2007
The 'Statler & Waldorf' * of the bonsai world...
(* ....think Sesame Street)
Great,.... fantastic,....not bad,.....mediocre,....rubbish,.......
(photos so Les doesnt feel picked on!!)
Thursday, 15 November 2007
Last night saw Terry Foster entertain his audience with a review of his Scots pine that first saw the light of day during a demo at the Bukex exhibition in 2006 (sorry no picture!!!! DOH!!!) Following an introduction Terry started by sitting back down (!) and starting a video of the demo, discussing that he had been persuaded by Tony Tickle to delay working on it for a year. (?)
The quickly improvised 'live' running commentary was interspersed with Q&A's detailing and informing on how & when to do 'things' to your pine. Following a break (when Terry was 'walked through' and asked to comment on a variety of Wirral and Blackpool based trees and yamadori brought to the meeting) the video was concluded and further questions were posed and subsequently answered eloquently by both Terry & Ian.
Thanks to Terry for the visit and to be fair, if it wasn't for the 'pesky' loudspeaker failure you might have got'n away with it*!!
* apologies to Scooby Doo fans!
Thanks to Brian for the (candid) photos!-even if we forgot the pine!!!!
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
A little birdy (Les.....*) tells me Terry Fosters talk tonight is on the styling of a Pine from his collection and it will include pictures highlighting its early development. (*....bet you've never been called that before!!!!)
Looking forward to it.
(particularly as I feel like I missed out on the Burrs fun.)
Plus let's give a warm welcome to our friends that will be visiting from 'over the border',...... though pity its not a Friday!!
(Rumour has it that when standing on the walls of Chester on a Friday its still legal to shoot at a Welshman with a bow and arrow!!)
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
The weekend features:
Enrico Savini -a rising star in the Italian and European Bonsai Scene, "the quality of his work is breathtaking in one so young"
Hans van Meer-Back by popular demand after his triumph at Burrs November 2006, Hans was one of the headline artists at this years Gingko Awards.
Unfortunately (for me) I can't join you this time (due to 'family' commitments) but I'm sure I can bend someones ear (Les?) to review and capture the essence* of the weekend.
(*lets hope its not too strong a smell !!??!! -probably depends on whether the Parsnip soup is on the menu!!)
The organisers are asking that you please send your entry details to Willowbog Bonsai:
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
Monday, 5 November 2007
Friday, 2 November 2007
This months site -Bonsai Guide Book in Japan, is a quirky one with some interesting sections, such as the ones that cover :
- Japanese Bonsai terminology,
- a comprehensive gallery of antique pots &
- links to other sites including some unusual japanese ones.
http://www.shohin-bonsai.org/exhibition/gafu/gafu-32/su-albums/su_albums.cgi?action=make_html&cat=21&txtnumber=log -interesting if you like displaying shohin!!!
(NB. If your Japanese is good (?!?!) you'll probably get a lot more out of the site as some pages don't appear to translate.)
Thursday, 1 November 2007
-well.... we don't know...... but im sure it will be good!
A cracking twin trunk Hawthorn
an 'abstract' pine
Terry busy at a 'Burrs weekend' (plus some 'hanger on 'trying to get in on the act!)
Why not check out the new Poll?