I had the great pleasure to be invited to talk at the Ayr Bonsai Group last weekend.
Popping over on the boat from Belfast on Saturday morning, Jeff Banning, club convener and SBA President, collected me and we spent the day looking at trees in gardens.
A great Scottie in a poor pic on a dull day.
English Elm with great character.
A Blue Cedar, one of my favourite trees from the visit.
Jeff and Ian chewing the fat.
A Scottish National Collection tree brought back into great health by Ian’s hard work and care.
Another Scottish National Collection tree above. Not a great photo in the rain, but a stunning tree.
One of my favourite trees of the visit above. A stunning wee Scottie in an Ian Baillie pot.
A little wet but this didn’t spoil my fun looking at some really nice bonsai. A great meal out with…
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Today, I attended the funeral of Bob Brooks.
Although I’ve already shared this on the club page I have sat today and felt that I needed to add a little something here on my own blog.
When I joined the NIBS in 1993 Bob was one or the old guard even then. In his 70’s sitting in the audience at meetings chatting with who ever wanted to share time with him. As I got to know him I found his fun loving attitude was just a the top coat on a man with much to tell.
He joined the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, altering his date of birth to allow him to join underage. He saw action in Asia and on his return to home after the war he joined Royal Engineers seeing service in the Army as well. I loved chatting to Bob hearing some…
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