Larch Tree progression. I bought the Larch tree featured in this post from ebay about 7 years ago. As you will see; it was tiny and came with 3 main trunks. Near matchstick thin and a young sapling. Time inevitably marches (Or Larches; in this case) on… The tree was quickly potted on from the…
It’s taken a long time to finally find a Harness that allows Shadow enough movement and flexibility while also allowing control and stopping or handling ability when required. I also wanted something that I could use either MOLLE pouches on or had velcro for adding Badges on to display what he does and is. This…
It’s a week where the Armed Forces are thanked and showcased. RBT thanks you for your service and dedication at home and abroad. RBT is proud to offer Armed Forces Defence Discount members and those with a valid MOD90 a 10% discount on both the Allotment and Bonsai Horticultural Therapy sessions.
A hint at some possible good news… As Rutland Bonsai Therapy already provides alternative therapy or an old form of therapy suddenly being given a new life; due to long overdue public awareness being provided in the mainstream. A wider scope of Therapeutic outlets or providers was always something that was considered and…
It’s been a long time in the planning and some project changes beyond my control kept meaning I had to hold off on where I was going to finally place Polytunnel 1.
Due to a long wait for news about getting a fifth plot where I would have really liked to have placed this Polytunnel, a 2 year wait I might add… I was recently informed what I wanted wasn’t possible. So after a few final repositioning attempts of the frame to see where I felt it was best sited after the first choice site was no longer an option.
The frame was sited and the cover taken out of storage and unpacked, unrolled and put on at long last!!! 🙂
It’s a 6m x 3m tunnel and 2 meters high give or take. Hinged door on the end which is more important as it means more life span as the zipper or velcro versions usually fail after a short time.
It comes with a very handy feature where the window flaps can be clipped or rolled up in a way to allow airflow through the tunnel but also collect rainwater to harvest it in barrels or containers at the end of the length of windows. So on a good day could potentially be harvesting rainwater to collect in 4 barrels!
I’ve got to give a big thanks to JCB and Russell for helping me get the cover on and for final readjustments of the placing of the frame. Also big props to Russell for helping me lug the railway sleepers into place to hold the cover in place while it relaxes and stretches properly onto the frame so it will eventually be “Drum tight”.
P.G Tips Monkeys and Gru…
It was such a lovely day and ideal for doing this task. So we set about it after a few cups of tea or coffee and JCB elected that as he was the oldest and the wisest of the 3 cheeky monkeys present, he should be leader and delegate.
Russell and I agreed this was probably safest and wisest, so we moved the recently acquired Jack and Jill bench closer to the work area so the newly appointed “Project Manager” could have prime seating while his 2 newly tamed minions followed his bidding and a cover was brought out to be fitted.
The light breeze helped to breathe life into the plastic cover that had been in storage for a long time, the green and clear material eventually catching the breeze just right and inflating with the gusts. The whole length of the material rising high at one end like a scene from a Godzilla movie.
Was it too much to ask for a roll of Thunder and a howl from a Wolf?
“Growl” said Polytunnel 1.
“I live… At last… Good, now; let us grow many wonderful and interesting things and tasty ones too!”
It was at this point Simon tamed the beast and reminded it; that its purpose first was to raise trees and allow people to be taught and learn inside the Polytunnel.
This was agreed to be a wise and fruitful purpose in life and the cover allowed itself to be joined with its skeleton and joined the Rutland Bonsai Team.
Then cover and frame were then joined in unholy horticultural union and alliance and well…
It got hot.
I mean, like, sweating cobs inside 2 minutes hot.
The frame holding the cover, allowing the cover to spread out and be held. Supported to flex and flow over the frame, join with it and wrap itself around the metal. The sun soaking into the skin, warming it, making it soft and giving it fluidity to escape its rigid transport shape and folds time and heat to ease into final position.
This cover and frame allowing heat to be formed and generated inside increasing the heat levels to zones where it can become uncomfortable for humans on warm days, dangerously hot inside on very hot days.
The Polytunnel is up and heating up, it really was an awesome day.
Now it just needs filling with a few pallet work-benches, staging and a few old baths for water storage and carnivorous plants. 🙂
Photography Blog Post:
I don’t live in Rutland, I love in Rutland.
It’s simply a stunning place to live. Beauty around every corner and a passion ground for many a photographer.
Though it’s often the less beaten track or place that lends itself at the right time to the beauty within the landmarks and famous water scenery…
Or simply the path often taken when heading out with the dog for a late evening walk in the glorious weather and evening transition light to-night.
This particular field and the sky setting it ablaze is a walk route favoured by my dog and I, him as it’s well-travelled by other dogs, me as it is a shortcut to my allotment plots.
I offer you a small pictorial gallery.
“Loving in Rutland”
Beats just “Living in Rutland”.
Webmaster Summer thoughts..
Some time in the Bonsai Studio required…
Worrying about the van constantly, aside from Shadow and I riding in it there is realistically only 2 other people who ride up front in the passenger seat.
One being a client.
So the idea of one of the van doors not working and closing properly is a concern.
A big one.
However, SOTG finally came good and got the Coffee run supplies sorted! Now need to fix the mobile Hot Coffee making supplies.
(Placed with full irony intended.) ;]