Sunday, 23 February 2014

Swindon Winter Image Show 2014

Today was the annual show by the Swindon and District Bonsai Society, known as the 'Swindon Winter Image Show'. This year was to be my second visit to the show, and the quality of trees on display maintained the high standards that this event has become renowned for.

There is always a good turn out to the Swindon show and many enthusiasts travel from far and wide - not only to view the trees but also to meet friends, old and new.
The show is also a good opportunity to pick up those bonsai essentials from a number of traders, or maybe treat yourself to something special (as I did from event sponsor, John Pitt)!

After my friend Robert and I had packed our goodies into the vehicle, we were fortunate enough to meet up with Tony Tickle who kindly offered to walk us around the show and critique some trees. Tony was displaying two of his own trees and told us a little about the history behind them. My camera batteries were running low, but I did manage to take a short video as Tony told us the story behind a special blackthorn of his named 'Fifty'.

'Fifty' Blackthorn by Tony Tickle

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