Due to circumstances beyond our control the SBS’s roll-out was last weekend at the Heathrow Bonsai Show at Harlington in Middlesex. This is a delightful, relaxed and well attended Show with many different Bonsai Clubs, as well as individuals, exhibiting. As Gerry Anderson had unexpectedly gone up to the Wirral for a refresher course on “Advanced hub-cap robbing” it was left to me in Thunderbird 3 to fly the Shiten flag. Fortunately for me our “Stand by for Action (Man)” (and pilot of Thunderbird 2 with the larger trees and tables) was none other than UK New Talent Contest finalist, Maidstone Bonsai Society Chairman and all round good egg Jose aka Sam.
Although we didn’t have the guidance of Sensei Storey I think we made a great team with Sam helping with the humping and bumping and leaving me to do the arty-farty stuff – all in all we were more than happy with what we achieved. So here you have it, Shiten is Go! Sorry about some of the photos but the hall was a bit narrow to get a nice panoramic shot.
Thankfully, this year we were blessed with a sunny, if chilly, day unlike the cold and wet of last year. The organisers of the Show Mark & Ming put on a fantastic event year on year and it is proving to be very popular. They really look after everybody there and should be congratulated on putting together such a great day. Well done both of you (plus all the un-sung volunteers of course!) So if you ever get the chance, pay them a visit, you’ll be very glad that you did!