I suppose everyone does bonsai for their own reasons, some for fame and fortune, some for a reason to get out of the house, some for the love of working with nature, some for the pure art of it. The last two hold true for me but the main one for me is friendship. A lot of these friends are local to me but many of you I have never met, just quick chats via social media and if I’m lucky, a face to face chat at an exhibition or two.
There’s nothing like sitting around with fellow bonsai enthusiasts and just enjoying bonsai. The photo below is from a recent session in my garage exploring options on trees and then putting them into action. This in another aspect of 2016 that I plan to increase, good honest enjoyment of bonsai in every way.
… well 4 years at any rate.
As part of the NI Bonsai Society programme for the last four years we have had the pleasure of delivering the ‘Bonsai School’ 3 times a year for the last 4 years. This has been in partnership with Willowbog Bonsai and in particular, Peter Snart.
I’ve known Peter for over 15 years and in that time we have become firm friends. As I host the school sessions at my home, I have had Peter as a house guest 12 times since 2011 and this doesn’t count many other times in previous years. The favour has been returned when I have visited Willowbog Bonsai to attend shows and take part in workshops with people such as Ryan Neil, Peter Warren and Marco Invernizzi.
Peter has now called time on the school in it’s current format, I think mainly due to the fact that he’s fed up packing that bloody van!! 🙂
Bonsai for me is as much about friendship as wee trees and I’m delighted to have both Peter and Jean as friends. The school may be over but the friendship continues. I’m pretty sure he’ll be back at some point and I’m definitely sure I’ll be at Willowbog in the years to come, but in the meantime, thank you Peter.
There, gushing over lol