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Japanese Trees in the Garden of England


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Natural Flux Bonsai Exhibition

Bonsai lovers put a date in your diary for the Natural Flux bonsai exhibition that will be held at the Brick Lane Gallery in East London this November. It’s going to be a right Bobby Dazzler of a show and one not too missed as bonsai will get a contemporary art make over.

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Garden Party Pt.3 – The BBQ continues………!

Come one, come all (come anyone!) to my third MBS Chairman’s Garden Party on Sunday 18th August. The weather looks like its gunna hold out (although we have the Club marque on hand just in case) and there should be wine, women (Sal will be keeping me in check this year) and some work – but only if you want to of course!

Kick-off is from 10am running until about 4pm but you can stay as long as you like. Food and refreshments will be available but if there is anything that you fancy to eat or drink bring it along.

Hope to see you on Sunday,
Regards, Simon


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Secret Squirrel!

Last night Les and I attended Kent Bonsai Club’s August meeting as I’ve been interested for a while to see how “the other half” live. Quite suprised, and then playfully abusive, members that I know made me feel quite welcome in their own way – most it seemed to involve me parting with money!

It was fairly “odd” to be, as Andy put it, the other side of the fence but I had a great evening coming home with some good memories and some late 1990’s “Bonsi Porn”. It’s really funny looking at some of the magazines as I’ve now either worked or met many of the “artists” featured, a bit spooky!

I was “allowed” to get my hands dirty and create a “bloody Maidstone tree” (or at least set it on the right path) from a Field Maple with a stunning trunk. Many years work ahead but with the right care and styling this could be one of the better Field Maples on the “circuit”.

Where will I “pop-up” next, this could well be real life “Where’s Wally?”
Secret Squirrel, over and out.


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Bonsai World Crawley Surrey 2013

The weekend of the 10th & 11th August saw the Bonsai World Show 2013 at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley, Surrey. A good display of trees were out for all too see and a plethora of Bonsai Traders were also there proffering their  wares including out own Suteki Potter, Simon, Peter Saruyama Warren  and Mr Turn table Adrian. I, for the first time ever, was not there trading with my pots and it felt a little odd being on the other side of the fence for the first time in a long long time.

Here are a few pictures of the event for all to see and I must say a HUGE HUGE well done to Jose The Fireman who extinguished all the opponents and won the heat of the New Talent competition at the show and will be going on to compete in the UK final later on in the year. I am sure you will all join me in wishing him a huge well done and all the best for the UK final, I would have said luck but I know he won’t need it.