The GPS (AKA 'That Biyotch' to a friend of mine) took us to Bath via the A303 which led us through some lovely scenery, particularly when we got closer to Bath. Quaint cottages, woodland scenes - all very picture book English countryside, which made the opening vista of the city with its straight lines of limestone architecture seem extremely regimented to me. All the creamy yellow/gold Bath stone architecture under the morning sun as you drive down the hill is impressive - but I guess it is a 'you love it or you hate it' sort of thing.
In my last post I said that catching up with people was probably going to be the priority of the day (second to getting my morning coffee, of course) but actually - despite feedback I had heard on the Saturday saying the lighting wasn't very good - I did manage to get some pics of the trees and accent plants. I could've taken more pics, but to be perfectly honest I was more caught up with gassing with the owners of the trees. Especially as some of their stuff are bonsai that I probably already have pics of in previous posts on this blog.
I first saw this Willow by Simon Temblett at the Swindon Winter Image show two years ago, and he says it's now starting to look more like how he wants it to be. Pot is also by Simon.
Also by Simon is this composition entitled 'Blackthorn Juggling on a Unicycle', which is almost self-explanatory. You also get a fairly good view of the branch wiring in the photo.
Framed in black and floating in space is John Pitt's 'Beyond the Moonshine'; no prizes for guessing who the potter is:
entire composition here, courtesy of @ExtremeWork.
This one, called 'The Lightning through the Clouds', was one that people couldn't resist touching, particularly when they were told the tree wasn't real.
We oohed and aahed over this little accent Contorted Hazel by Russ Farley.
Obviously these two take bonsai extremely seriously and the one on the left is Bob Bailey whose shohin and mame have appeared several times on this blog.
More dirt was being dished about by the Welsh lads; here we have Chris Thomas showing off his moss....
Another demo here, possibly of interest to those who want to give the root-over-rock style a go: Simon Temblett taking a tube-grown maple (to achieve the long roots) which was destined to go over the red 'pebbles' on the lower right hand side. In the background you can see the other demonstrators at work.
Another of the demonstrators, Serge Clemence, here doing an illustration of what will eventually be the finished image of the tree he had worked on.
Moving away from the demo area, I managed to grab these pics of the Pitt-boss John (and why is it all my photos of him are blurred? Is my phone trying to tell me something?)...
And in reverse order (as this was the first photo of the day I took), let me leave you with a minute impression of one of the biggest piles of Suiseki I have ever seen in my life: