At every monthly meeting we have a small raffle with members bringing along items to contribute towards a table full of the most exciting prizes. Old CDs, DVDs, paperbacks, that bottle of aftershave that one was given for Christmas, kitchen gadgets that have never been out of their boxes and occasionally even a few bonsai pots or tools. The nail biting tension grows as Andy reads out the names of yet another lucky winner, all of us spell bound as the selection of prizes gradually reduces to a few lonely items, she has even been known to threaten dire punishments for anyone one not prepared to claim the last and least desired object left on the table that night or she will keep us all in until they do.
The point of this exercise is that the proceeds go towards funding our annual meal out after and evening visit to a place of interest for us as bonsai enthusiasts. This year we journeyed through narrow leaf shaded lanes up the slopes of the Blackdown Hills to a beautiful verdant dell well hidden among the trees where bonsai club member Brian welcomed us to his delightful rural retreat.
There in the woods though no “piggy wig stood with a ring in the end of his nose” but there was an impressive collection of bonsai and Brian’s other loves his cacti and his rare breed poultry. The very fine fowl that produce the splendid selection of eggs that fill the boxes that one would be mad not to buy whenever Brian brings them along to club nights
Not only did Brian have some trees that anyone would be proud to own but he also has an ancient apple tree in his lawn which considering the girth of it’s trunk and size of canopy could well be entered for the Guinness Book of records.
We admired Brian’s vegetables and wandered his garden on what must have been one of the best evenings of weather for some time before driving off along the Blackdowns and down Blagdon Hill, with a view that would make any visit there worthwhile, to the Queens Arms at Pitminster for an excellent meal .
Club Chairman Howard spoke for us all in thanking Brian for his hospitality and thanking Andy both for running the raffle which paid for our meal and organising the food. Altogether a very successful evening all round.
PLEASE NOTE- Next months meeting – Our usual meeting place will be closed for redecoration details of any new venue or date will be emailed to members and be on the Home Page of this site when available