Hi every body,
last Friday morning I took off from Amsterdam to fly to Slovenia. I was invited by the Slovenia Bonsai Club to give a workshop on Saturday and a demo on Sunday. After a two hours flight that felt like being in a roller coaster on speed, I was very relieved when the plain finally landed still in one piece on Ljubljana airport!
Still green in the face I was picked up by my host and tour guide Tomaz Kovsca. He took me to see a amazing Bonsai garden/business with wonderful Yamadori. But because it was raining cats and dogs this visit was cut short and I sadly had no change to take any pictures! Than we drove to his friends Nik Rozman’s garden were I was allowed to select my demo tree the Sunday demo. Wile under the cover of two umbrellas I quickly selected a lovely yamadori Silvestris Pine. Than we drove to Tamaz his house to look at his wonderful Bonsai collection and from there he took me on a tour trough the wonderful town of Ljubljana. Along the way he told me a lot of interesting facts about the history of this city and his country! On the way to my hotel he told me that normally, it was starting to snow on that moment, that normally you could see beautiful mountains all around! I had to take his word for it because all that we could see were dark grey skies! The approaching of this bizarre weather frond gave my plain the hick ups on the way over here! After a good night rest Tomaz picked me up from the hotel and we walked to a more than hundred year old firehouse were this Bonsai weekend would be held. There I met up with the 14 very friendly Bonsai enthusiasts that would take part in the workshop. We started at 9 and worked to late in that afternoon on some amazing material! And we only stopped once to have a very tasty lunch in one of the many local restaurants. After the workshop we all went out to enjoy more local cuisine in a traditional restaurant. There was a lot of singing accompanied by guitar and that atmosphere made the food taste even better than it already was! Back at my hotel, verry tired but happy, I had no problem to fall a sleep! 😀 The next day at 9, I started with my demo and managed to style the tree in just over 4 hours so that we all could have a other tasty lunch in a traditional grill restaurant! After that we sad our goodbyes and than Tomaz drove me to see jet a other Bonsai garden from one off his students. The weather was wonderful so I could finaly see the scenery that Tomaz had told me about! All around me there were mountains to be seen with fresh snow on top! It truly is a wonderful country full of verry friendly people! After our visit of his student garden he drove me to the airplane. And we sad goodbye as new friends, he was a wonderful host and I am sure that I will be back to meet him and the other guy’s again real soon! The flight back was much better and after the drive from Amsterdam to my house I finaly arrived at home late in the evening. Tired but very happy with the great weekend that I spend with so many new Bonsai friends!
And from here I would like to thank them for there trust and friendliness!
Here are some picture to give a impressions of this Bonsai trip! More before and after images will follow when I have received them from my Slovenian friends!
Below: The whole bunch behind my finished demo tree. That left long branch sticking in the air is left one for security!
More pictures will follow soon!
Hans van Meer.