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Project 52 – Week 11 – Do Something Spontaneous – Bonsai

In what seems to be the norm for me, my planned task for the week didn’t quite work out.  I had planned to do Task Number 1:  Find a New Music Artist to Love.  Well….. I’m still looking.  I’ve had a number of suggestions.  Some of them are for artists I already like.  The others I haven’t had a chance to actually really listen to the music so I can’t really say yet that I love them.

Happily however, life likes to be unexpected and so I have another Task that I can use:

4. Do Something Spontaneous

Of course I subsequently discovered that this is on the list twice but I’ve decided I like that.  I like to be spontaneous so this leaves a little something up my sleeve for later on.

There are actually two activities I can count but I’m saving one as a separate post later on (one I’m suprised I haven’t posted about before so I’ll definitely be remedying that).  The one I have chosen was Visit a Bonsai Exhibit.

When my Dad asked me to go and visit the book fair again today he mentioned that there was a Bonsai Exhibit on at the National Botanic Gardens.  So after the book fair I headed over.

I love Bonsai and have started working on my own.  Sadly I lost my second one just recently.  Both my failures have been Japanese Maples which I love but need a LOT of care so I’ve decided to work on something slightly easier as I learn.  I have a large(ish) Port Jackson Fig (which I love), a tiny fig and a tiny Azalea.  My goal is to eventually take a cutting from the Wisteria that has been growing at my parents house since I can remember and growing a Bonsai from that.  I am a long, long way from that goal.

Still, in search of inpiration on the shaping of my Fig, I went to see the display put on by the Canberra Bonsai Society.  Located in the tranquil and lovely Botanic Gardens, the small display was primarily of Australian Natives.  These are not my plants of choice for Bonsai with the exception being the Fig.  There was a spectacular Fig with an awesome root structure looking just like it’s huge brethen that grows around Sydney.

I picked up a few tips and got some ideas so my spur-of-the-moment visit paid off.  Here are some of the wonderful trees:

Beautiful Port Jackson Fig

A really interesting Melaleuca

I like the weeping branches of this Acacia

A unique shape



So that was my task for the week.  Let’s see how the list is looking:

1. Find A New Music Artist To Love
2. Read A Book By An Author You Haven’t Read Before
3. Have a Body Scrub
4. Do Something Spontaneous
5. Get a Manicure
6. Have A Massage
7. Get Your Hair Done
8. Subscribe to a new podcast
9. Catch Up with an Old Friend
10. Take a class
11. Participate in a fun new challenge
12. Buy A Random Gift For Someone You Love
13. Go On A Picnic
14. Go For A Photo Walk
15. Go To The Beach And Eat Ice Cream
16. Try A New Restaurant
17. Watch A Movie At The Cinema
18. Make A Dessert
19. Bake A New Dish
20. Take A Day Trip To A New Place
21. Do the Hair Dare
22. Do Something Spontaneous
23. Try A New Food
24. Do Something Relaxing
25. Write A Note To Someone Special
26. Do a Craft
27. Do Something You Have Never Done Before
28. See An Exhibition
29. Play A Game
30. Go To The Park
32. Take Someone To Lunch
33. Participate In A Snail Mail Swap
34. Evaluate Your Yearly Goals
35. Lay Out Under The Stars 
36. Buy A New Item Of Clothing
37. Find A Festival To Celebrate In Sydney
39. Learn Something New
40. Watch An Animated Movie With A Child
41. Organise Your Wardrobe
42. Buy Something For Yourself Just Because
43. Put On Some Music And Dance
44. Write An End-Of-Year Highlights List
45. Watch Your Favourite Movie
46. See A Show
47. Do Something You Have Always Wanted To
48. Declutter A Room In Your House
49. Spend A Special Day With A Child
50. Celebrate
51. Wear a different pair of shoes everyday for a week
52. Watch an Artsy Film at a local theatre
53. Have a pedicure with a friend followed by Champagne
55. Write A New Project 52 List


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