Sunday, 15 July 2012

July meeting- Book Auction

 Checking out the wares..
 who'll give me........
 .....some excellent titles....
...where snapped up.....'what a bargain'.

Hi Everyone

On the 11th of July W-B-S held it's monthly meeting and this time it was a Bonsai and Japanese Garden Book and Magazine Auction 

Before for the Auction got under way. Chair Ian W mentioned a few items and forth coming events such as The Local Japan Days in which Natsuko has informed the Society that they are holding 2 Japanese events on 18th August at Wallasey Central Library and on 13th October at Birkenhead Central Library. Both events are held 10.00-12.30 and 14.00-16.00. There is a break in-between This was Discussed and the out-come so far is that 4 members will attend the October 14th Event With the Show only weeks away from the August 18th Japan Day at the moment we are sadly have to decline that  event

A reminder that there is a Show Selection of Bonsai trees and we need a far better turn out of Trees that we had Last year even tho we did manage to pull of For me was the BEST Presentation of Bonsai Trees and Accent Plants in my humble opinion that I have had the pleasure of seeing, writing and taking images of.

Well onto the Auction a vast range of W-B-S Library Bonsai Books and Magazines and many from a good Bonsai Samaritan who hand over many books and magazines were under the hammer as the saying goes and All went well with the usual Scouse and Wirral Banter

The Auctioneer Ian got the ball rolling and soon found out what the mood of the members were when bidding started.Like always at every the members dug deep into their pockets and purses
BUT not that deep as the Auctioneer had to hold back a few items because of lack of interest or just maybe he was to ambitious at that time

As the Auction went on Iain like all good Auctioneers had a few sayings he liked to use and the members responded well and often helped.during the auction.  With Mark of Green Dragon Bonsai Fame " when Mark  was successful with his BID the Auctioneer chipped in with  That's a good Book, and Mark knows a good book when he sees one nice pictures as well " Sean also provided light entertainment along with others and the in the end even the passed by books were SOLD at more than the for time round

The evening was huge success and well attended with 26 members and a few new Ladies  and Gentleman which we all hoping  will  be regulars (just was this space) we did have a few members on holiday and working but its great to keep attendances in double figures again
All that remains for me to do is remind you ALL On the the 29th of this Month we have our Last Sunday of the Month Workshop so fell free to attended  bring any bonsai Trees and our Trusted members will be more than willing to Thier opinion to help and guide you  with any problems you might have with any Bonsai Related Questions

Take care look after each other and all your Bonsai Trees

Jim thelad

Funday At Gordales 7th and 8th July 2012 #2

A marvellous display of Accents,...... All courtesy of Andy.

Funday At Gordales 7th and 8th July 2012 #1

Hi Everyone

Welcome to our Blog and it's great to be back,so here hoping you All enjoy reading and looking at what some members of W-B-S members have been up in the past week-end

We had an invitation to participate at Gordales Magnificent 2 Day Fun-day Event held at our second home so to speak for working and promoting the Art, Skill and Enjoyment of the World Of Bonsai with lots of Scouse Humour thrown in not to mention the Goats

It was a nice warm sunny day on both days and many many activities going on and we seemed to have a Full House with lots and lots of Smiling faces,Adults,children enjoying themselves.and the variety of attractions were in abundance and we were more that happy to see that many of those who attended stopped at our workshop tables.

On call were Tom,Steve, Doug, Ian,Sean,Andy and Mike who paid us a flying visit. Sadly due to work and holiday commitments many could not make it  Member numbers may have been small but the wealth of Bonsai knowledge that was passed on to the public was incredible with Everyone being involved and kept busy with Andy re-styling a Chinese Elm for a young extremely happy couple 

Bonsai Trees, had 4 x Junipers, Scots Pine Selkova, Chinese Elms, Acres, Larches, Large Beech,Privet,Yew, Larch Slate Forest, Black Pine,Cotoneaster, POTENTILLA Also on display we had a fantastic presentation from Andy with his excellent array of Accents Plants many of which were involved in the recent Magical World of Accent plants 2012 where Andy received glowing  praise for his Display

During the 2 days it was great to see so many children taking an interest in what was going on and a few were fascinated in Sean' Slate Forest with a young Boy making suggestions to Sean as to what could be done with the forest

All in all it was a wonderful 2 days and we all would like to thank our host Gordales Garden Center for allowing W- B-S to participate in the Fun-day Week-end and a Large Thank-you to Karen who looked after us all and once again and we all look forward to being back the GGC on the Last Sunday Of the Month in July

More images of the Fun-day week-end can be seen at

Take care  look after each other and yourself not forgetting your Bonsai Trees

Jim thelad

 The men in black!!
 Happy customers
 Some interest in Ian's fabulous looking Beech.

Fun for all the family.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Message from JIm 'the Lad'

Hi All
What can I say!!! So Sorry for missing the last 2 get-togethers,  on the 13th of June with Simon Temblett and the Last Sunday of the Month the 24th of June, needless to say its seems a life time time ago for me and I was hoping to read all about the going on's  and any news about forth coming events on the BLOG that were discussed  on Wednesday the 13th
Why did yours truly miss these 2 Events!!!!

It all started on the Sunday 2 days after we all got back from celebrating the Jubilee at our daughter's Caravan on the 10th June on Sunday that I started with a lump on the side of my right ear followed on the Left side later on and by Monday things got worse and both sides of my head above my ears had large Lumps then Tuesday started getting a headache and the face had swollen so went to the Doctors in Pensby could not get an appointment was told to come back next day Went on Wednesday the 13th with everything worse than the day before and being violently sick a few times, after seeing the doctor I had to go on Holiday to Arrowe Park Hospital with Suspected Meningitis about 10am on13th Wednesday morning  Admitted to the Male Acute Unit and waiting  over 3 1/2 hours before we saw a junior doctor Things got worse over the next few days with tests, injections, X-rays and popping 28 pills a day and 2 courses of antibiotics and on 2 drips

We did not know what was wrong and eventually after a few days was moved to ward 26 (a ward to be avoided at all costs) where we had entertainment day and night with security being called 4 times and a patient grabbing a young lady nurse by the throat during breakfast one morning an elderly Lady walking around looking for her friend that she could not find

In the end after over a week I asked to be allowed home before all the antibiotics had finished the course so pleaded and promising with doctors I got FREE  4 days before I was suppose to be heading home  with STILL no word on what was wrong with me or what caused my Holiday Experience. Got a few gifts from everyone  such as Lots Medication in tablet form ( which my youngest daughter had to go back for as nothing was ready for my Freedom) and discharge notes

At home Anne read the discharge notes and at last we found what was diagnosed and it seems I had a severe case of sinusitis / cellulitis ( how I got this on my face  no-one can tell me) plus a few other things

So that's it for now and a case of taking things easy then back in action with my best mate THE CAMERA on Wednesday the 11th of July enclosing a BILLY NO MATES image of my Holiday adventure

Take care  everyone and see you all soon

Jim  thelad


I seem to be saying this a lot lately but apologies for the lack of posts recently , Jims been unwell (more anon) and ive been busy with work and 'stuff'.
Im hope things will improve,- in terms of number of post if not in quality of content from me!!!!

See you all Wednesday!

Bonsai Focus

Congrats to Ian, Bill, Andy and former member Les for their inclusion in this months Bonsai Focus.
Nice one.


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


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.