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, 21 July 2008

Japan Day 3

Ian & Dave-pushing the boat out and sampling typical Japanese cuisine....not!
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the display, left.......

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......and right.


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Apparently the display was so good it brought some people to tears.....


(....whereas Doug just moaned there were to many trees!)

Thanks to Brian for the pictures.

Japan Day 2

methinks to much green tea (or was it Sake??)
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Ian & friend ......of the Ambassador

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Other attactions........is that Les on the left?

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Japan Day 1

The display creating lots of interest.
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Tony's group -looking good atop a new slate.

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A novel anti tree theft method being considered.

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By all accounts (from those attending all day) the clubs 'Japan day' exhibit was a roaring success, well attended and complimented by many (even by the Japanese ambassador himself -whose father has a collection.)

Monday, 14 July 2008

Gordale workshop 3

....trying an unusual method against tree theft!
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Get in there......
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Andy ........boasting!

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.......and when the laughter died down.

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Gordale workshop 2

Doug and his collection of Potentilla's
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Andy topping up the tan

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Les acquires a new friend!

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Bill..... being Bill

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Ian gets arty with his torchwork

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It all looks like much fun was had by all.

Gordale workshop 1

The lads in in-action..
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Les and stocky Larch

(....is the adjective the wrong way round??)

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Ian hard at work

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Lee sculpting one of his new Itoigawa's

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Above and to follow are some pictures of the Gordale Fun day workshop enjoyed my many of the members.

Thanks to 'The wee lad' for the pictures.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

July Meeting- Workshop

Mark from Green Dragon -not concentrating on footfall!!!!
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Tony, working on his 'Japan day' bound group & new member -Mark

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......he launched his head onto my fist, officer.......honest!!

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Highlights of July's workshop.

There were quite a few members working on their trees, we had a new member last night, Mark from Ewloe who came via our Saturday at the Ewloe church.

Japan day a reminder to those who have had trees chosen to have them ready

  • Dave Y's Trident maple
  • Doug's Root over rock maple
  • Les's Chohin Display
  • Iain's Fuchsia
  • Tony's Juniper group
  • Ian's Yew & privet

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Gordale Fun Day workshops

Starting time is 10.00 am on both Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th.

Brian.



Tree of the Month- July

Bill's White pine was chosen as this months ToTM -nice tree & picture!

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Bonsai Site of the Month -July



This months site is one constructed for Mario from Poland. He seems to be into wabi sabi.

-some nice trees in the portfolio.




`wabi` is the kind of beauty that is caused by the right kind of imperfection.
`sabi` is the kind of beauty that can come only with age.


if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi."

"It (wabi-sabi) nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect."


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