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MORE BAD NEWS: I WONT BE ABLE TO SHOW MY ELEPHANT AT THIS YEARS BONSAI-SAN SHOW IN FRANCE!

Hi, everybody.

well, it is like they say: bad luck never comes alone! And I don’t want to go in too many details…but let’s just say that I have to mutch physical problems at this moment in time to make such a long trip up and down to Saulieu France! That, plus the fact that I drove the side of my car on a parking place in our harbour into a massive steal knee-high boulder! It was hidden out offside in between two cars on an otherwise full parking place…my happiness from finding a place to park my car was short lived when I drove backwards and a loud bang scared the s##t out of me!!! I jumped out of my car and ren around the front of it, praying that I did not hit an hurt a person or animal…only to find, that I drove back into a knee-high darkly coloured massive steal BOLDER…in the middle of a ####### parking lot?! Bending inwards the right front door and the beam underneath it. My neck hernia and pinched nerves when I lift up my head disabled me from properly looking over my shoulder, so I never saw the darn thing!!!

 

After carefully but with a lot of force bending back the door and hammering down the beam underneath it. I managed to close the door again…but there is still a large gap around the top of it and the car, where the rain comes through! And when I drive above 70 km an hour I can’t even hear the radio anymore from the noise that gap creates! So as you can tell, both the car and I were and are in no shape for this trip!

So besides having a lot of doctoring to look forward to and having no proper car anymore, I don’t think it would be safe anyway…so about a week ago now, with pain in my heart, I contacted Frederic Chanel the very friendly and talented organizer of this amazing Bonsai event to tell him what had happened and that I sadly had to decline for this year’s show! He came back to me, with a heartwarming email, wishing me all the best and in advance inviting my “Elephant” and me back for the 2019 edition of the European Bonsai-San Show! That was such a relief because showing a tree of mine in such a prestigious show is a long time dream of mine! Having this in the back of my mind and the amazing fun I had with all my Slovenian friends in the first part of this year will get me through the things to come!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com


 

 

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In memoriam for “Kim” my 21-year-old sweetheart pussycat.

Dear friends,

It is just over a week ago now that after a very short illness I had to let go of our 21-year-old beloved pussycat named “KIMMY” but we called her always just “KIM”. She lived happily with us for more then 16 years and is and shall be terribly missed! Earlier this year after I had covered the whole garden with nets against the birds and low flying footballs en frisbees from the kids in our neighbourhood, she took her first steps outside and boy what fun she had on her old age! Jumping on my tables and walking very carefully between my trees and meeting mister frog and misses toad and all kind of insects for the first time and drinking dirty water from plants and the ground after I watered my Bonsai, she just loved it all and it rejuvenated her completely! She was always strong like that and saw here first Docter up close when she was well into here seventeens and she (when she felt like it or under the spell of catnap) played well into her twentieth year with toys or anything that moved…including spiders! The last years only doing number one gave her some problems every now and then. And, in the end, she became a bit older looking and stiffer…but nobody who saw here could believe that she was already 21 years old and that is why her quick demise in just a few days time came still as a heartbreaking surprise. And now the house is empty and she is not there waiting for me any more to come home, like in the picture below…and that hurts like crazy!

                                                                * Kim (Kimmy)*

Born: 6-6-1997 — Died: 18-9-2018 


Hans van Meer.

 

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BONSAI LESSON VIDEO: HOW YOUR DEADWOOD (SHARI AND JIN) SHOULD LOOK!!!

 

Hi everybody,

just discovered the most amazing video of a park ranger talking, on-site passionately about amazing Bristlecone Pine trees and I would like to share it with you all…why? Well, this short video shows some of the best natural deadwood, Shari and Jin alike!!! This is what we should try to imitate or at least try to aim for on our Bonsai when we create it! There are plenty of hand and power tools to choose from these days and more than enough is written on paper and the internet to use as an example…in what or what not to do! Practice on a well-secured piece of deadwood that you can find in any forest, park or in your neighbours garden so that you can get used to what is possible with power tools! Same goes for hand tools: practice before you use them on your best material! And then when you are used to the tools you….well just look at this video and then you will know how beautiful and natural deadwood looks like! And all you have to try is to convey in your deadwood, is the feeling you got when you saw the stunning images of these breathtaking ancient old Pines! I hope you Bonsai lovers enjoy this Bonsai Fairytale Video as much as I did the last 12 times I looked at it!!! And of course, I also hope the non-Bonsai lovers enjoy it as well!!! 🙂 

OWH!!! And always wear decent Eye protection….ALWAYS!!!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com 

 

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MY “ELEPHANT” LARCH IN THE LATEST “BONSAI FOCUS” MAGAZINE.

Hi everybody,

this afternoon I was pleasantly surprised when I read through the new edition of the Bonsai Focus magazine (145). On page 39 there was a stunning picture of my “Elephant” Larch that Farrand Bloch (Bonsai Focus) shot last May at the prestigious second “KEI BONSAI KAI” show at the legendary “GINKGO” Bonsai centre in Laarne Belgium. I was very honoured and proud to be in this magazine among all those beautiful Bonsai from all those famous colleagues that showed there best work in this unique show.  Part II of video that I made of this amazing event will be posted soon! This Part II will contain tons of footage of  Danny Use mind-blowing enormous collection and amazing garden!  You can find Part I HERE. 

Below:  proud me with foto (the right top one) in front of the real deal in my garden. 

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com

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My video of the “Bonsai from the West” event is posted on YouTube!!!

Hi everybody,

A couple of Moths ago I posted on to YouTube the short video that I shot at the 12th edition of the “Bonsai from the West” event that was staged as always in the middle of the beautiful Botanical garden in Delft (the Netherlands). This yearly event that revolves around the care and presentation of Bonsai. The goal is to inspire and motivate Bonsaïsts and to introduce a broad public with this unique hobby. In addition to the Bonsai exhibition, there were various activities, including Bonsai demonstrations and workshops, taichi, shinkendo, ikebana and a large Bonsai market where everything that has to do with Bonsai could be purchased! The Bonsai on display are from several Bonsai clubs and professionals from the Western part of Holland (the Netherlands) and they are challenged to come up with new and innovative ways to exhibit their Bonsai! And I must say that they all did a great job and that the overall show gets better and better each year! And I can’t wait until next years 13th edition of this fun event…when I will be demonstrating there! P.S. two more long videos f my trip and demo and workshop in Slovenia and of the exciting “Kei Bonsai Kai” monster event in Gent Belgium!!! So watch this space for that!!! 😉 

Cheers,

Hans van Meer.

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com

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Video of my “Elephant” Larch made by the Evoluzione Bonsai video channel.

 

Hi everybody,

For those who might have missed it, I would proudly like to show to you a short progressive video of my “Elephant” Larch that was kindly and very professionally made by Rodolfo from Evoluzione Bonsai   .

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do! Thanks, Rodolfo!!!

 

Cheers,

Hans van Meer,

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com

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HELLO…..IS ANYBODY OUT THERE?!

 

HELLO…..IS ANYBODY OUT THERE?!

Hi Everybody,

after the horror of losing my blog and everything on it…without having made a backup…..so all my adventures of the last years were gone! 🙁 With the kind online help and tip from a friendly WordPress helper, I managed to recover half of all my old posts! And I managed to build a new blog with a new address so that I could later manually repost what I managed to save on to it! All very frustrating! In the meanwhile, I tried to find out what actually went wrong with mine and all the other Bonsai blogs that disappeared on the same day as mine did…but I sadly could not find or get any answers?

Until yesterday evening (late) when I was in the middle of copying the saved content so that I could (try to) post it on to my new blog. When I (for no reason at all) tried my old blog http://hans-van-meer.ofbonsai.org once again….IT OPENED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 It was all there again…as if nothing happened?! So I quickly made an XML file of all the content to make sure! It might all disappear without any warning just as quickly as it appeared without any warning?!

So I hope to find out how and what and what if? And for now, just hope and pray that all keep on working from now on and hope for some information if there is any?!

Anyhow…I am back for now and I hope that it stays this way!!! Might it disappear again than Bonsai life will go on on my new blog:  hansvanmeerbonsai.com

Fingers crossed and know that a lot has happened over the last couple of months so many posts are waiting to be posted on to here again!!!

So CU all later!

Cheers,

Hans van Meer

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com

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