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
Monday, 27 October 2008
This weekend sees the arrival of one of the now famous (or is it infamous?) Burrs weekends.
Highlights apparently include a Friday night bonsai pub quiz- and an artist demo at 10.pm Saturday night -sounds intriguing!!
Those who are going should be warned though, watch out for the 'pumpkin' soup!!!!
Thursday, 23 October 2008
'Clutching at our very souls, the trees now pull us to a time when light loses its importance, a time when trees are transcending into a deep dormancy after a year of racing toward the sun. Life giving foliage is discarded like a mask, revealing all, but showing less; leaving only skeletons and shadows that are but a pale reflection of the past. The days grow shorter and things that normally could not be seen in the light of day are now all too visible.
This is the time when the darker side of bonsai claws its way into our minds, bringing with it a haunting chill that creeps over our now neglected benches and, if we are not careful, into our reality.'
Friday, 10 October 2008
10,000 oaks of 100 years old are not a substitute for one 500 year old oak
Clive Anderson gets the measure of things!
Did you know the official British standard HUG is based on the finger tip to finger tip measurement of an adult, which we take to be about 1.5m. This distance is usually almost the same as your height, and means you can measure a tree even if you forget your tape measure!
I feel sure it would have been slightly more eloquent than the critique -Iain
Saturday, 4 October 2008
As many of the club and a growing number of major figures in the bonsai world are discovering, Doug's tables are excellent and his skill in helping to match tree, pot and table is 1st class.
The link will also be permanent under 'members sites'.
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
On exhibiting trees at last weekends BTA meeting at Sheffield, Lee received best in category gold for his Juniper and Les achieved the same for his Shohin Yew plus also being highly commended for his Fuchsia.
Well done to both.
Whenever the basics are revisited I'm always surprised by some details that are either new or have been forgotten, so see you there for either a refresher or the gaining of new knowledge.
-Choosing the right pot
This months site of the month is actually two dedicated to choosing the right pot for your tree.
Both highlight the issues involved and putting the issue forward now should allow us all plenty of time to select and acquire any new pots required for next years repotting.