shrunken nature

Sometimes delight enters your day unheralded. Off to buy books in town, we were striding along when a banner across the street caught our eye. Bonsai Exhibition Today. An opportunity not to be missed.

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The good folks at the previously unknown to me Isle of Wight Bonsai Society are doing a marvellous job. From the hearty welcome at the door, to the enthusiastic advice imparted inside, it was a lovely place to while away some Saturday.

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The way the enthusiastic club members had manipulated and miniaturised the trees was fascinating, especially with so many native species represented; bonsai had always meant spindly pines on cliff edges to me before. Seeing limes and oaks on a tiny scale, familiar leaves but so very much smaller, was a real delight.Bonsai2.jpgI brought home a tree with me, already alive for two decades. Woodland is my habitat of choice, never happier than under the canopy, so it’ll be lovely to live with a little bit more tree in my day to day.Bonsai4

 

 


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