Sunday 3 November found me stumbling around in the dark at 4am in my keks trying to get dressed without causing too much of a ruckus. The reason for being afoot at such an unearthly hour? I had agreed to attend the Heathrow Bonsai show and because I live in the nether regions it was a fair hike. We set out at 5am in the dark and it was cold, I HATE winter time. One of the great benefits of living in ‘clod hopper’ country if that we can travel 60 miles on a Sunday morning without even seeing another car on the road the upshot of which found us at the venue before 8am.

All was pretty quiet upon our arrival but a warm cuppa’ was quickly provided. As we stood around people started coming from all corners, cars arrived and spilled bonsai and related paraphernalia¬†all over the yard. By 9am the place was packed, it reminded me of one of those colonies of soldier ants moving home. I have to say how impressed I was with everyone beavering away and working together. The result was an impressive display of bonsai in every size, shape and colour.

My job for the day was to provide a little entertainment and education with a demonstration. Mark had asked me to bring along a privet. The tree I chose belonged to my good friend Stuart who was only allowed to purchase the tree on the understanding I had it for this event. About 5 hours saw it tidied away thanks to a little help from Bob, Bill and Rammon, thanks guys.

I have to say I absolutely loved this event. I do not remember the last time I had the priveledge to be involved with anything in bonsai that had such a great atmosphere. It was a joy to attend and I will remember this one for a very long time. Thanks to everyone that worked SO hard to put it all together.

Hopefully it will all happen again next year. If it does BE THERE!

Here are a few snaps of the day and some nice trees that I liked. Sorry for the pic’ quality ūüôĀ