Breaking 50,000 Views

Today my blog broke the 50,000 views mark.

To be honest, I’m absolutely flabbergasted by this. I started this 10 months ago as an online diary, I never thought that my ramblings would be of interest.

I thought I would share some of the other stats with you out of interest and it will allow me to mark the moment.

I have had visitors from 92 countries, the latest being Cambodia.

I have made 559 posts averaging 1.7 posts per day.

Nearly 1000 comments have been left.

My busiest day saw 587 visitors.

I have 58 WordPress Followers.

My most popular pages have been:

Bonsai 360

Escallonia Progression

Airlayering a Hawthorn

Chuhin Japanese maple

Bonsai Bloggers 

My most popular posts have been:

This is what a £823,000 Bonsai Looks Like

Willowbog Collection

Many thanks to those who have referred others to me.

My Top Referrers have been:

Kintall

Centrobonsaitenerife

Internet Bonsai Club

Facebook

Wee Trees Bonsai Forum

My most clicked Links have been:

Nibonsai.co.uk

Peter Tea Bonsai 

Bjorvala Bonsai Studio

Crataegus Bonsai

I don’t share all this out of ego, more out of interest to me and hopefully to you. It may also help other bloggers out there see what people find of interest. I’ll maybe do this again if I ever hit the 100,000 mark. Wonder if that’ll take 10 months.

I’ll probably ease off the posts over Christmas. Not much happening on the bonsai front this time of year. I’ll spend a little time updating the pages and perhaps adding a few Case Studies etc.

Thank you to everyone out there who has been following my posts since February 6th. It’s been a mixed bag of bonsai, both mine and friends. There has been plenty of photos showing my walks. I’m sure some skip this but I know others love a look at Northern Ireland, so I’ll keep them coming.

I’m always trying to think of other things to share. If you have any ideas, please comment and let me know. If anyone out there want a reciprocal link to their bonsai site, just let me know.

Thanks again

Ian [bonsai eejit]

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Todays Walk in Pictures

Here is some from my usual Sunday walk. We revisited the Clandeboye  Way. We haven’t done it for a while as it can get water logged but today was enjoyable even with the mud.

I didn’t think the sign meant cameras so I snapped away when I could. Nice to see the dog using the pedestrian gate instead of going through the main one 🙂

I spotted these Fungi on an old fallen Birch log. My brother Sam thought they looked like Octopus.

On old rotten stump with beautiful deadwood.

Some of the landscape we crossed. The sheep moved away when they saw the dogs appearing.

Old Gate pillars made from Scrabo Sandstone. No longer used as a gate as the gap isn’t wide enough any more for modern machinery. New gate beside it.

 We saw many trees along the walk that had fallen since our last visit. This one blocked the path.

Stephen wondered why I stopped to take a photo of the ground. I found it beautiful in it’s own way. It captures the season well. Can’t wait to see what he snaps with his new camera from Santa 🙂

Loved this old gnarly tree trunk. It tells it’s own story of life in the wood.

A birch full of witches brooms.

Just as we left the wooded area to walk along the coast, this Jay appeared in a tree. I snapped a few quick shots thinking it would only sit a few seconds. It was close by the path and was working hard to get grubs from a rotted branch. I quickly changed the lens to get a closer shot. Just As I was ready, it buggered off! Never get a chance like that again 😦

Birds were the highlight for the rest of the walk. Here are a few we saw.

 A few other feather free shots.

My 2 dogs loved the water and enjoyed drying out in front of the fire back at home too 🙂

They’re Back!!!

Why do people buy these bloody things!!!

Spotted this one in a clothes shop the other day. The usual Christmas crap. £15 for a plastic pot, a bag of soil and a few pine seeds. I give up!