The Wild Atlantic Way

A few snaps taken on my Donegal trip.


A Middle of The Road Tree

Came across this Beech tree on my travels near Cahir Ireland. It may be a ‘Middle of the Road’ Tree, but it’s a beauty. Sadly probably not long left alive in this world. Some nice block work is helping though.

The other side of the road was this graveyard.

Tree Inspiration

I’ve been about a bit over the last few weeks and as usual I found some tree inspiration. Here are some of my snaps.

In Training – Final Push

A California Juniper bonsai (in training since 1985) at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington, DC.

Stephen Voss is a photographer based in Washington, DC and has been photographing bonsai for the past year at the National Bonsai Museum & Penjing Museum in DC.

He wants to make a book of the photographs and I could really use your help. He is nearly there and just needs a final push to reach his target.

You can see more about the project here:

A Toringo Crab Apple bonsai (in training since 1905) at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington, DC.

If you find the project interesting, he’d love to have your support.

He’d also very much appreciate if you would share this within your bonsai community if you think it would be of interest.

You can also see the project on Facebook:

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Stone Monkey in Action

Trying to take a bigger interest in pots and sat glued to this. Thanks for taking the time Andy.

Getting Close

I see lots of people posting images online of their Hawthorn in flower. I haven’t long to wait either 🙂




Expect to See A lot of These This Year


I don’t think I’ve seen a year like this for Hawthorn flower buds. I expect to see some of the best colour next month.



Sad Day

Today I attended a service celebrating the life of Sharon Green, a club member and friend. After a long fight with cancer it eventually got the better of her.

Sharon asked that those attending the service wore something bright. She even made John dye his hair and beard pink! She wanted everyone to smile. I think most of us did at some point as we saw a slideshow of photos of Sharon’s amazing life played on the wall. That said, it’s hard to celebrate at a time like this, it was still a sad day.

Rest in piece Sharon, leave some yamadori up there for the rest of us!



R.I.P Peter Adams

Just heard that Peter Adams has sadly died. A true artist in the bonsai world.  I think I have every book that he wrote in my collection. His drawings were inspirational. Rest in peace.

These words below taken from his joint Facebook Page and written by his wife Kate.

‘I am so sorry to report that Peter died suddenly, but peacefully, in his sleep last Sunday, November 24. It was very unexpected, we had just enjoyed a marvellous visit together on Saturday and he drew a sketch of me as I sat there. His death has been so very hard to accept, especially since we planned to leave for home together next Monday, December 2.
There will be a memorial at a later date. Details will be advised on this page. His ashes will come home with me soon. 
I miss him so very terribly.’