Bonsai Friends

Following on from my post about Phil, I have to complete the triangle. Stephen and I met back in 1995 when he appeared at a club show and signed up. We have been firm friends ever since, which is the only reason I can get away with what I’m about to post 🙂

This is Stephen back at a workshop in the 90’s. I have to admit, he hasn’t changed that much. He’s a little grey on top now and he certainly hasn’t grown.

  This is Stephen sleeping off a bender at the EBA  Congress in 1999.

I always give him stick about his lack of height, this one bears me out..

He is my regular walking buddy on a Sunday.

There’s a few things that Stephen excels at, Drinking coffee…

Supervising…

Note the coffee cup in this shot..

Posing…

Marching on the spot

Stand in garden gnome

Helping out…

and friendship…

Stephen recently started his own blog,  Bonsai Baker, and he promises to post more soon. Just had a major garden revamp so he’s got plenty to share.

Oh How We Change !

My brother reads this blog and made a comment about my mate Phil who you see featured here quite often. He sees Phil a lot these days but was shocked to see him in photos dating back 10 years. Never one to miss a chance to point this out, here is a before and after of him 2002/2011.

This is him at a show back in 2002

and this was him lounging around my garage reading Bonsai Focus with his keg out 🙂

I’ve known Phil from 1995 and we’ve shared a lot of bonsai experiences together over the years. If you asked anyone in the club, ‘what’s he like?’ I guess most would reply, using the local term, ‘he’s a bit of a Header!!’ 🙂

Here’s a few other photos I found while looking for a suitable before and after. First one is him doing a workshop with Robert Porch back in 2001 I think.

Both of us after collecting some Communis Junipers back in 2002

Showing off his collected Beech back in 2003

One tired looking puppy after wiring this Pine for styling by Marco Invernizzi at a workshop at Willowbog Bonsai back in 2004.

And here are just a few more recent ones showing his talent for feck’n around 😀

Bonsai to me is as much about friendship as about the little trees themselves. In 18 years playing with trees, I have made some great friends along the way.

Bonsai Baker! You’re next for the treatment. That gnome outfit is getting a mention 🙂