it’s been a while, I am sorry, But I just did not have the heart to post any sooner!
I had a lot of recovering to do after my second back operation, so that took most of my energy. But what was really tough to do during these last months, was that I had to slowly watch my two favourite Pines die!
These ancient trees that I worked so successfully on for so many years. That was only just a few years away from being shown for the first time.
For the first time, after all these years of stubborn working on these time-consuming yamadori, I would have been able to show my best work after almost a decade of loving care!
This year marks my twenties year in Bonsai and as I wrote earlier at the beginning of this year, I had to reset my goals in Bonsai because of my back problems. But I had some almost-finished Bonsai to bring to its peak to keep me happily busy for the next couple of years! Well, they died!
Bellow: One of them was well over 600 years old! When I bought him, he had no roots at all. With a lot of care, I saved him from certain death and turned it into a happy and healthy tree again. Then to helplessly have to watch something that old and wonderful die, to be honest, that was really devastating!
Bellow: Anyone that visits my website and reads my stories about “THE SWAN”, knows just how precious this unique hollow old Pine was to me! I honestly believe that the world lost a very special tree and future Bonsai!
Where to go from here with pursuing this art form, I honestly don’t know? I don’t have the opportunity anymore to collect and I am certainly not able to afford yamadori this precious again! And even if I could, there are no others like these two! I have a lot of thinking and soul-searching to do!
Bellow: Even in death my swan is mind-blowing. So sad!
Thanks for listening again, my friends! And thanks for all your warm replies! It is highly appreciated!
Hans van Meer.