Just a few personal words on the new Leinster Bonsai Club. Last night was the first meeting and I made my way down along with Phil to help them get the ball rolling.
There was 18 of us on the night and what an enthusiastic bunch they were. Well done to Owen for setting up the meeting and I hope this is the first of many great nights with them.
It was fun watching things come together on the night, starting with the Bingo Battle. Turns out the Bingo folk reserve the right to park in all the spaces at the hall!!
Once we got the business end over with, bonsai took over and as you can see below, Phil and I had to hide behind the table after a barrage of questions 🙂
Onwards and upwards for Bonsai in Ireland.
Well, we are almost there, only 24 hours until the first meeting of the Leinster Bonsai Club in Balbriggan.
Phil and I are popping down there for the evening, should be good craic with a reasonable crowd going, if everyone turns up who says they are going.
Exciting stuff seeing a club get off the ground again in the biggest city in Ireland. Great potential. Phil and I are offering support on behalf of the Northern Ireland Bonsai Society as well as going for our own fun and enjoyment.
A few of those attending have asked for a few sale trees to be brought so we will throw a few bits and pieces in the van but we are also bringing a tree each for display. We are hoping most people attending will bring a tree with them to make the night a bit special.
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Not a pretty sight but here’s myself, Piotr and Owen, the three chairmen of the three clubs together at the NI Bonsai Society School over the weekend. Maybe early days to call Owen a Chairman to be honest but he’s the one who took the plunge and has the first meeting set up for 27th June in Balbriggan.
We had three with us from the new Leinster Bonsai Club, Owen, Elisabeth and John. They got a little taste of the benefits of being a sister club to the NIBS.
I know I harp on about it at times but friendship is a big part of bonsai for me and it’s great to get this new club link rolling.
I’ll share my photos from my weekend trip over the next few days. A great weekend with like-minded Bonsai Enthusiasts is hard to beat. It’s a bit of a trip and I’m absolutely shattered. Phil would say that I have no reason to be tired as he did all the driving, but then he goes to bed early 😉
Anyone who follows this blog will know that I’ve been doing my best to give bonsai a little push in Ireland who up until last year had no clubs! So our club in Northern Ireland (Ulster)has offered assistance to those in the South who are keen to get up and running. This trip was for the Munster Club who meet in Cork on the South coast of Ireland but, on the way Phil and I stopped for a coffee with Owen in Balbriggan who is the driving force behind getting a club up and running in Leinster which will cover Dublin the biggest City on this Island. Small steps but we had a good chat and came up with a few ideas for events for the rest of this year. First meeting is 27th June in Balbriggan.
So everyone can put a face to the name, here’s Owen and I at his place also his bonsai balcony 🙂
Today sees Phil and I head back to Cork for a workshop weekend with the Munster Bonsai Club. Looking forward to seeing the chaps again.
We are even stopping off on the way down to see Owen who’s starting up the Leinster Bonsai Club.