Summer Walks

A gallery of photos taken on some of my walks this summer nearly all in the North Down area. Portaferry, Crawfordsburn, Mountstewart areas. I’ll say it before you do, I have a thing for old graveyards 😉

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Munster Roadtrip

Back in the Heatwave, remember those days lol, I was on my travels in Munster province of Ireland working with some of the bonsai folk in that area. I did a school day with the Munster Bonsai Club one of the days and then toured around a few gardens working on trees. Here’s a gallery of a few of the trees and gardens visited. Agreat 9 days on the road but I was glad to get home and see my dogs and unwind. A big thank you to all the guys Munster group for continuing to support my road trips. See you again in November.

Special Guest

I had the pleasure of having Jeff Banning from the Ayr Bonsai Club and President of the Scottish Bonsai Association visit my garden back in the good weather. I’d met Jeff when I was over as guest speaker in Ayr last year. He was visiting Northern Ireland with family and managed to squeeze in a short visit with me. Great to catch up Jeff.

about Peter Warren

Looking forward to this weekends Workshop and a big thank you to the guys in the Munster Bonsai Club for inviting me down.

Munster Bonsai Club

We’re looking forward to our workshop with Peter Warren this weekend. If you want to know more about him follow the links below;

peter warrenPeter Warren Bonsai artist Interview by Shinichi Adachi films [2017]

Peter’s own website;  Saruyama.co.uk

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Looking Down

I can’t do any fancy drone footage, but when I’m up a ladder cleaning out my gutters I was able to take a few snaps without falling off!

 

Hosepipe ban at the start of the Summer did the grass the world of good 😦

Leinster Bonsai Club Autumn/Winter Group Sessions

I’m delighted to have been invited back to the Leinster Bonsai Club to run another 6 group sessions starting in October and running through the Winter to March 2019. These sessions are being tailored to the requests for the club members and will include hands on workshops as well as an in depth  look at repotting, wiring, design etc.

Session are being held once a month on a Sunday starting at 10am in Mounttown Community Centre, Mounttown. Dates below:

21st October /18th November/16th December/20th January/17th February/10th March.

This fast growing club is open to new members and welcomes new faces at meetings. If you are interested in signing up for these 6 sessions,  CONTACT THEM HERE.

Here’s a few snaps from last Winters sessions.

Returned From the Land of the Missing!

I should be ashamed of myself, no posts for months. Excuses a plenty, busy busy (bonsai), Computer issues (hard drive crapped itself), heatwave (sunbathing), surgery (see below), the list goes on. I’m going to try and get back into the swing of posting again, we shall see how it goes. I have a few bits and pieces to cover from the last few months but I’ll drip these up here as a record as I go.

I’m off to Australia in a few weeks so hopefully I can get in the swing of it again and post some good inspirational tree content for you all.

Below is one of my many excuses. I had a ‘Cervical Medial Branch Denervation’ using Radio Frequency. Basically had nerves from C2 to C5 in my neck destroyed to try and reduce neck pain. Early days, we shall see how it goes. NOT a pleasant experience.

Gathering About Bonsai – Western Australia

I’m delighted to be working with the Bonsai Society of Western Australia this September. I’m returning to the area after my visit last year were I was truly inspired by the Aussie native species and I’m honoured to be able to help promote bonsai in Bunbury and the surrounding area.

All the details of the weekend are shown below. If you are in WA and are interested, please jump onboard and book your spot and come and enjoy the craic 🙂

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Accent: Sisyrinchium ‘Devon Skies’

New Addition

I recently added a tree to my own collection. The Acer Palmatum below is a welcome sight in my garden.