Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event…..be inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow.
I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.
Memory Lane – Pear Tree Cottage….where it all started….
Searching through my pictures for an article I came across these which were all taken at Pear Tree Cottage a few miles north west of Barnsley. It’s always easy to forget your roots, to forget where and how you started….to forget where you come from.
There are so many fond memories of this place, after all it was my home for 19 years. This is the place where the fascination originated….the curiosity widened…..the hobby grew…. and became my business….my way of life.
The garden became smaller and smaller, the hens and orchard became a polytunnel, the vegetable patch a display area and the garage a classroom/studio. The place was totally transformed.
Browse carefully and you will see an early picture of “Big John” my Trident Maple and a Scots Pine made famous in Dan Barton’s book that was later featured on the cover of an RHS DVD.
Looking at these pictures I can remember each and everyone of the trees. Some of them still come to classes. I wonder where they all are today…..maybe you will see a tree here
that right now is sitting proudly in your garden?
These pictures should stir up some happy memories with my older students and customers. Sometimes it really is important to look back at where you started because only then can you fully appreciate just how far you have come!