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.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

October meeting -Trees




Walsall Studio Ceramics Workshop

show us your jazz hands....
Hi Everyone

On the week-end of the 15/16th of October members of W-B-S were invited to take part in a Walsall Studio Ceramics Workshop week-end hosted by the Vale of Clwyd Bonsai Society at the Green Dragon Establishment

Over the 2 day workshop 18 members or so from both Bonsai Societies enjoy a great adventure in making their own Bonsai pots from start to finish as far as they could before being transported to Walsall Ceramics Location then there members bonsai pots wiil be checked over thoroughly by Mr's Dave + Ken and Mark Jones, The Team of Experts at Walsall Ceramics before going into Electric kiln taken out then more work done on the pots before going into Gas Firing Kilns More about this process and how the pots are completed can be found on
Wallsal Studio Ceramics Website

http://www.walsall-studio-ceramics.com/wsc%20web%20new%20about%20us.htm

On Sunday the 16th a few members Dave B + Dave Y + Mark K + Brian Dual Members with both societies + Arthur + Sean D + Steve H +Dena and Ron from W-B-S had their sleeves rolled up getting all Wet and Dirty (well just a little) along with members Vale of Clwyd Members DangerousBryn + Steph + Othelia and all really enjoyed the experienced of making their own Bonsai Pots for their Bonsai Trees

All in all it was a GREAT Experience with everyone making 2 Bonsai Pots Large and Small and enjoying what they had achieved over the Two Day Workshop Event in Friendly, Pleasant Warm Conditions with plenty of Tea, Coffee and Snacks at Green Dragon's Location at Trelawnyd, Flintshire LL18 6DN and a LARGE Thankyou to Mr Dave Jones for all his Expert Tuition and a well prepared Bonsai Pot Workshop PLUS to the Vale of Clwyd Bonsai Committee for Inviting W-B-S members along and hopefully another Walsall Ceramic Workshop will be held again also from me a Big Thanks for allowing me to take images of you all whilst working on making your Bonsai Pots

Many images will appear on Wirral Bonsai on FACEBOOK


http://www.facebook.com/#!/theweelad?sk=photos

Take care look after each other and all your Bonsai Trees and Bonsai pots

Jim thelad

Monday, 24 October 2011

Thursday, 20 October 2011

October meeting -Basic Styling Techniques

Ian W does a Steve Tolley impression.....
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....and then Rolf Harris!
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keeping the audience enthrawled....
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....mostly!
Wednesday’s Evening the 12th of October was well attended with over Two Dozen members attending for the Basic Styling Techniques Night

Before it got under way Ian W expressed his and the Members best wishes for a Speedy Recovery and asked Geoff to convey them to Wee Mary who was taken to Hospital during a recent canal boat trip
The evening session started with Ian explaining the in’s and out on BST and what to look for before starting work on your tree. Having an idea or a plan and what could or would be achieved is something to bear in mind when deciding what to do. It was mentioned a Pre Starter Bonsai Tree could be worth looking out for from a Bonsai Tree Nursery and a great help and not just a Tree that you could obtain from a Garden Centre unless you are willing to take time to develop your idea onto a Bonsai Tree which can be done, just something to think about
Between Ian W. and Dave Y both gentlemen gave many useful and constructive opinions that the attentive audience took in and like me were appreciative for all the information that was given as far as I know no matter how long you have been working on Bonsai Trees going back to Basic Styling now and again could help and is not just for the newbie’s (like Me) as Styling Techniques changes throughout the years
The evening session was a very well presented as we all expect nothing less from Ian W and Dave Y and look forward to next Month’s Topic Winter Preparation and from what is going around from the Weather people it’s not a Session that should be missed as a repeat of last year’s weather is NOT something we would like to see again not only for us but also for all our Bonsai Trees

some of the bonsai trees that were on show were Four x Junipers =
Privet = Potenilia = Small Forest = Small Rock Landscape and some Small Pots

On the Last Sunday of the month there is the October Sunday Workshop held at the Award Winning Gordale’s Garden Centre on the 30th Once again our Excellent and Trustworthy Senior Members will be on hand to help and give advice to any members and the General Public with any with Bonsai Trees Questions along with working on their own Bonsai Trees

Sorry for lack of Post and write-up in September due to our 4 year old Grand-Daughter’s first week at Big School took priority this time

That’s it for now hope to see some of you on the LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH at GGC

Take care look after each other and all your Bonsai Trees

Jim thelad

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Taking over the world, club by club


Congratulations are in order for former member Les S who apparently has won the Maidstone annual tree of the month award.

http://maidstonebonsaisociety.blogspot.com/2011/10/and-winner-is.html

Monday, 10 October 2011

Bonsai in Wales Exhibit 2012


A Flyer from Malcom Hughes highlighting the exhibition to take place in Newport South Wales next year.
Well worth a trip.
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