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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Natter night 22nd January 2018.

Ken M was the only one to bring a tree tonight to have a little work done.
His nice twin trunk Larch.

Some of the wires were starting to bite into the bark, so they were removed.

Not a lot of work,but the banter was flowing quite well, as usual.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Natter night 15th January 2018.

We had two trees to work on tonight, when Ken M and Andy P both came over.

Andy was first with this Cedar, which had it's orignal styling just last year, on a workshop with Robert Porch.
We had to place a brace on the tree to bring the two trunks into line.

Then Andy wired most of the branches, which were then placed in position. This is the the back of the tree, whch shows the brace.


The view from the front.

This one is Ken's, a Cascade Larch, which had the wire from last year removed.

A foul night outside, but a warm atmosphere in the studio.

It Happened again.

Once again it turned out that I cannot go anywhere without coming home with more pots.

Just six this time.

The first four are by Stone Monkey.
Andy Pearson.

This one by Ian Baillie pots.

This one by Petra Engelke-Thomlinson.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Ayr Bonsai group, winter image show.

We had a good run up to Scotland this morning and arrived nearly before everyone else.
But in time to give a little help to cover the display tables.

The set up.

My three trees.

As I cannot remember which display belonged to who, I will let the photos tell the story.

All in all a good day out.

Thanks to all the people who made us so welcome.

Saturday, 13 January 2018


The car is cleaned and ready for the run up to Scotland tomorrow morning, I don't know why I cleaned it as it will probably rain and will be filthy when we get there.

Tyres pumped, oil checked and filled with fuel.

There will be plenty of room for the trees and stands.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Bonsai Thursday.

Today I finished getting my trees and stands ready for Sunday at the Ayr group winter image show.

Three trees.

Three stands.

All we need now is Sunday and some decent weather.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Frosty artist.

As it was a quiet night last night I think Boxie got bored, as this is what I found in the garden this morning.
He had been outside styling trees.

Boxie or Banksey.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Natter night 8th January 2018.

A very cold day followed by an even colder evening was maybe the reason the number of visitors was down tonight. Fair weather Bonsaiists.

So Boxie and I shared my White pine to work on. We removed the wire that has been on for over a year.

The branches have set quite well and there are only a few small secondery ones to rewire.

Just to refine the pads a little.

It is not a good time to work on trees when they are frozen.


I have just been out in the garden for a quick look around and boy is it cold this morning.

Looks like we are living in a freezer.

Very pretty though.

-4 at nine thirty am.

Can't even see through the windows.

Just for the people who think my studio is always tidy.

It will be by tonight.

Three weeks since the last get together, so it might be a busy night.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Studio open.

The first Natter night for 2018 will be tomorrow night 8th January.

So if you fancy a coffee and want some help with your trees, please feel free to join us.

So if your like me and Bonsai is your addiction, come and get your fix.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Another one for Ayr. { maybe }

I had a look at this Juniper and was thinking about taking it up to Ayr next Sunday.

Maybe !

Tree for Ayr Bonsai group.

I am just trying out a display for the Ayr Bonsai group winter image show on the 14th January 2018.

The show is in the Alloway village hall across the road from Rabbie Burns cottage.
I hope the weather stays fine for the journey up to Bonnie Scotland.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Bonsai Thursday with Dave.

As the weather is so bad at the moment, there is not a lot we can do, so we had a look at this Juniper/bogwood project that we started last year.

It seems to be growing quite well and looks a good colour.

Monday, 1 January 2018

A good start.

We can only hope this year carries on the way it has started, with beautiful sunshine and almost cloud free.

If all goes well it will not be long before my trees are back on the benches.