Gosh well what a year so far….I just managed to get my Mother’s Day delights out and then everything came to an abrupt halt . Like many I suppose I didn’t really realise how big a thing this Coronavirus was going to be and to be honest I have found it quite difficult at times to deal with Not that I feared My all night raving would have to be put on hold but more of the fear of the effect it could have on loved ones . I have spent time with my parents and growing plants etc which has been a great help and fun (finding seeds in draws that are out of date but worth a try )and it’s kept us busy which has been good for us all but now I must get back on track with my faux delights /website etc . Just before lockdown I took a large delivery of stock so I’ve got some lovely lovely flowers ….scabiosa,meadow delights ,hydrangea etc it just overwhelms me a bit how to sell them best ,sort out my website if I’m honest so bare with me please I far prefer to see you in person at one of the lovely country shows I attend around the country where I can have a natter while making up a bespoke arrangement just for you ,those event will hopefully return next year maybe in a slightly different format but still as lovely ,like many I am going to miss events this season very much but things have to change and I must embrace change or change vocations ! I will be putting new gallery pictures on and doing a few other tweeks in the next week or two …..baby steps
Well we can fight it all we like but Christmas is definitely about upon us . Bases mossed ,greenery snippers at the ready and workroom kitchen stocked up with tea and treats to keep us going . I like to stay local for the winter so find me on Newark Royal Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays And if possible Stamford Market on a Friday . Wreaths etc available at Allington Village Store (NG32 2EA ) and you can contact me directly to order prices from £10.00 upwards for wreaths ,colour of bows and trims etc to suit as all made to order …can be posted out for a £10.00 charge to most of the uk . Fresh Planted containers available also from the village and market mainly bulbs but most things available on request . I don’t do so many faux flowers at Christmas but happy to make something up for you send me a pic of a container or where it’s to go and I will do my best to create something suitable . Keep an eye out on Facebook for pics and availability .
Well it’s been a busy few weeks ,wedding flowers ,funeral flowers , shows etc . I really love what I do and am very lucky to do what I enjoy . Big thank you to friends and family that help me when I realise I can’t be in two places at once etc and thanks to my lovely pooch he’s the best x. Looking forward to #TheRoyalWelshShow next week hoping to see lots of customers of old and new ,a great setting in the valley lots to see and do .Find me in the #shopforsomethingdifferent marquee where as ever as well as my stand you will find lots of lovely stands to tempt you . Then off to the New Forest not stood there for a few years as it usually clashes with the Royal Welsh but not this year it’s a really lovely classic country show . Nearer to home weather permitting I should be at Stamford market on Friday and #NewarkRoyalMarket on Saturday .Always nice to see a friendly face so come and say hi if your in town ….as ever bring tea if it’s early …..Enjoy the summer sunshine …petal x
Well it’s been awhile I know not got any better with this internet thing ..apologies but shows all been really good so far this year lots of lovely repeat customers and new lovely people . Just getting sorted for Shrewsbury flower show my family used to stand with fresh flowers many many years ago so I’m looking forward to seeing the show and all the amazing flowers . As for my little stand in #theshopforsomethingdifferent marquee they will either love or hate me I think but I have some lovely new faux Hydrangea and still some of my meadow delights that won’t wilt in the heat . Will post a few pictures of them in the next day or 2 when they are delivered . Enjoy the sunshine and if your attending Shrewsbury come and say hi always nice to see a friendly face x
Well we shouldn’t wish our lives away but it’s the dark mornings and nights that get me at this time of year so looking forward to the day’s drawing out a bit . Time of year to do the dreaded accounts , book events and sort stock etc .Still out and about a bit just at Newark general Market on a Wednesday and Saturday ( weather permitting ) always some fresh delights at Allington Village Store if in need of a dinner party delight or just a bit of colour to remind you spring is on its way . I say it every time but I am trying to get to grips with my website think my website chap has understandably given up on me I cannot blame him but if I offer to buy him a pint or 2 I hope he may help me get things back on track. . It’s tricky I understand you have to move with the times and people like to shop from the comfort of the home but it’s hard to show the quality and I can’t just tweak Your display for you like I can at the market or a show . Short post sorry my trusty assistant Surry needs his walk . Will add new pics etc hopefully later today .
Well don’t faint at this post been awhile I know. No excuses I must embrace technology I must and I’m trying(very l hear many cry ) .Anyway October is the month for spending lots of money buying in stock,making up and organising Christmas delights and catching up with paperwork etc . I have a few events booked for November details in events one of them is my own event this year hosted kindly by Allington Manor won’t be anything flash it’s only me and my wares but it’s a lovely chance to buy and order Christmas delights in a beautiful setting ,you can book afternoon tea with the Manor at a discounted price lovely to bring friends to nice and relaxed the Manor is a great venue for events and lovely for local businesses to support each other . I am very lucky to live in such a lovely village and as always locals come and support which is always greatly appreciated . Right time to take pooch for a walk he’s looking at me as if to say I’m bored can I please play in the leaves outside …happy days .
Well I hope 2017 has started well for you . This time of year I spend catching up on the dreaded paperwork , skip filling with all the rubbish accumulated in 2016 and planning for the 2017 season plus taking pooch for some extra lovely long walks . I have booked some shows which I will list on the website in the coming days and as ever let me know of any that you think my flowers and I would be good to stand as your knowledge and help is always appreciated . I am still standing at Newark market on Wednesdays and Saturdays ( weather permitting ) and the village shop in Allington has some fresh delights to cheer away the winter blues , but may take a bit of time for myself at some point so if making a special journey just ping me to check first . As ever you can email me always nice to know how things are with you and if I can help with anything I will . There are some lovely spring artificial flowers available at the moment snowdrops ,anemones ,tulips etc as well as various planters of fresh spring bulb / plant delights . Right time for a dog walk before the snow arrives ! x
So it’s very nearly the Great Yorkshire Show . Lots of prep making up some loverly arrangements to take ,don’t forget if your visiting you can always bring me along a container of your own to fill . Find me at the front of the “shop for something different “marquee stand number 386 on the main avenue up from the brown gate . Been busy in general the Highland show was lovely as ever great people and nice and busy so happy days . As you can tell I still haven’t sorted my website for buying online I can only apologise a lovely patient chap has tried to help me but I can’t get my head around it ,you know if you need/want anything just email me and I will send you pictures check all ok and post to you but. I will/ must sort it out and accept its the future of retail but I’m old fashioned in that I like the one to one of selling but hey ho I must change anyway enough of my waffle for now I need to go and sort out some more blooms for Yorkshire . Hope to see you there X
ps I have sadly given up Stamford market for the summer due to me missing so many Friday’s just was not viable but I’m still at Newark Wednesday’s and Saturdays ( shows permitting ) will be there this Wednesday and Saturday if in the area please come and see me as ever bring tea if it’s early X
Well the shows have begun so far so good lots of lovely people ,nice places and even some sunshine in the odd location ! I have been busy also with fresh flower displays for wedding’s ,funerals and just general displays of loveliness . If you look at the diary you will see that I am now not at Lincolnshire show but at the Highland show I just really love it ,I tried to split myself in two so I could do both but even though there is enough of me it would be very messy so I have decided to go with the Highland so if you are visiting the show please come and say hi I will be as usual in the “shop for something different “marquee at the top of the showground . I will have some lovely silks as ever and heron cross pottery and other jugs to compliment the flowers . Bring me a container of your own to fill for you with your choice of flowers as you can at any show I attend also you can email me if there are any particular flowers you are looking for and I will try and bring them for you . Sad news that I now have finished standing at Stamford for the summer at least ,expensive rent and lack of footfall as well as the fact that I am working at events a lot of weeks through the summer has forced the decision , I love Stamford and its people and hope to be back will keep you informed 🙂 . Right short and sweet sorry it’s been awhile I need to embrace technology more but I prefer to chat face to face . Hope to see you somewhere soon …,petal X