Friday, September 27, 2013


I have a little GPS
I've had it all my life
It’s better than the normal ones
My GPS is my wife

It gives me full instructions
Especially how to drive
"It's sixty miles an hour", it says
"You're doing sixty-five"

It tells me when to stop and start
And when to use the brake
And tells me that it's never ever
Safe to overtake

It tells me when a light is red
And when it goes to green
It seems to know instinctively
Just when to intervene

It lists the vehicles just in front
And all those to the rear
And taking this into account
It specifies my gear.

I'm sure no other driver
Has so helpful a device
For when we leave and lock the car
It still giving me advice
It fills me up with counselling
Each journey's pretty fraught
So why don't I exchange it
And get a quieter sort?

Ah well, you see, it cleans the house,
Makes sure I'm properly fed,
It washes my shirts and underwear
And - keeps me warm in bed!

Despite all these advantages
And my tendency to scoff,
I do wish that once in a while
I could turn the damned thing off

I showed this little ditty to my Wife and asked her if it reminded her of anyone
she knew...... she just laughed

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bonsai Progression

26 - 7 - 2009

After doing a little tidying up of my Bonsai this morning I took a few photos and uploaded them to my files.

In the process I started looking back at earlier photos from the beginning of the styling.  I think that while we have a way to go yet, this one has come a long way.

I had had this tree for a while but had not done a lot with it apart from deciding on a Semi-Cascade style and potting it as such.


I often find that as I look at my trees as time passes I see better designs in them and have to make adjustments in the styling.

Here it is with some wiring and bending branches into better alignment.

The tree needs to be re-potted soon and I think that a slightly bigger pot is required.

1 - 1 - 2012

My idea is to encourage the upper part (apex) of the tree to grow more and catch up to the lower branches thus forming a more rounded canopy.

Here is the same tree re-potted in a slightly larger pot three years later.

Note the increased branching although I am not exactly happy with the upper growth as yet.

29 - 1 - 2013

I am not sure what happened in the interim three years as far a photos go, I can't seem to find them on file.

I re-potted in a supposed Bonsai potting mix that I purchased from Masters but I have to say that my trees have not done well in it at all and I won't be using it again.

This photo is 12 months after the previous one and as you can see the branch growth is poor.

22 - 7 - 2-13

In full leaf and with a slight change to the potted angle, I am progressing in the direction that I want.

Leaf reduction is happening and as I increase the sub branching I will be able to reduce them even further.

This is not the final pot that this tree will live in, I am still looking for one that will suit.