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Napoleon Bona-Cat and the Royal Wedding

Sounds like a Book I should write someday…

Hi Everyone!! Long time no Blog but, but, it IS the wedding season y’know ha! Bear with me on this okay…
So – did we all watch the Royal Wedding yesterday? How gorgeous was that and sooo lucky with the weather. I thought the flowers created by Philippa Craddock were totally stunning, the scale of them took my breath away. Just Gorgeous. I kept going right up to the tv so I could see what flowers she’d used - if anyone else had been here I’d have been getting right in their way ha!
 
Anyways, enough of all that, let me tell you what’s been happening here…
Our Lilly Cat is doing GREAT but she does, at every given opportunity, like to point out that she did  have to have blood tests done and she did  have to have her fur shaved… See the little footy foot pointedly pointing forward? Just so’s you know and don’t forget says Lilly….

  
She’s found her favourite overnight spot is on our James’s Deluxe Chocolate Fur Beanbag funnily enough…
 
During the day both Harls and Lils head rapidly for the first unmade bed they can find ( which isn’t difficult in my house this time of year ha! ) and make themselves comfy.. especially Harley…nothing like a cool wall, in hot weather, is there eh for coolin’ yer bits and bobs….
 
  
And when the cushion gets a bit too warm, just fluff up a spare Birman and use that instead…
 

On the Florista side of things I’ve been ordering in lots of new items – everything from Beaded Lace Trims from the States ( ooh Yum! ) and Natural Plant Dyed Silk Ribbons artisan made in the UK (Oh LUSH ! ) through to extra vases, tealights and wood slices. There’s been a lot of labels to soak off but at least the sun’s been shining and I have a lovely view from the window :)

 












I sat outside after one long vase-label-washing-off session with a cup of tea and a few Oreo’s, as you do, and thought to myself that I could do with a few more plants for the garden…
 
So I popped to the local Garden Centre where I had a bit more thinking to do over a coffee, in the sunshine, about what I was going to buy...

And how gorgeous the flowers were. And how I want to use more rooted, living flowers in my floral works this year. It’s something I’ve always done but I’m really thinking I could up the balance a bit more between cut stem flowers and living plants. I did a wedding a few years ago where we used rooted Clematis plants in full flower in a balcony display. They looked fabulous and the couple got to take them home afterwards and plant them in the garden. Love it.
 
Now, back to my garden… 

A good afternoon was had potting up and planting out and we thought we’d get out the parasols for the first time since last year as it was so hot… The Husb bravely delved into the depths of the small shed ( I won’t go there, too many SPIDERS urgh!! Yuk!!! ) and got them out… Opened them up… And aah.. oh… um.. ( by this stage we are Grumpy Husb )… We’ve had a bad attack of the Mousies! Oh lol, haha, well never mind, I quite like that little patch of blue sky up there…
 
So…while all this has been going on a certain Big Blonde has found his way into Studio 2…
 

And made himself at home on my chair…
 
Moving himself around now and then to catch the breeze…

And just look at that little face… 

Is it just me or does he look a bit Napoleon Bonaparte-y? Ha ha! 
Happy Days :)
 
xx Have a  GLORIOUS SUNDAY  Everyone ! xx

Ninja Cat, Fluff & Divas...


So, I was thinking to myself the other day why am I not getting any comments back on my Blog?
Maybe nobody’s found it….. Hmm…
Maybe nobody likes it… Oh…
Maybe…
 But Hey, maybe I just need go have a search through my website account and see if I can find them! YEAH!!  And there they were, all tucked away in the Messages SPAM box… So Hi! to you and Thank You for reading :)


And for waiting so long for the next post – what can I say – the Wedding Season is upon us!
I’m having to get super organised here and schedule in specific things on specific days so I keep on top of everything.
Unfortunately Housekeeping stuff is not included so if anyone visits please don’t look at the carpet… And especially DON’T wear anything black ha!
The carpet is supposed to be ‘Walnut’ but right now it has a layer of the Big Blonde Birman Cat fluff all over it (Birman-Spring-Moult-Time) so it looks more ‘Latte’ than anything else…
Oh Dear… Pitty whatty as my lovely xx Nan xx used to say…  
Here’s the main culprit sunning himself in the garden last Sunday :)

 
Now, with our Lilly cat on the mend, I’d like to introduce you to Mousie..
Mousie has had a quiet time of it while Lilly’s been poorly but I have to say that’s all over now.
He gets a bit anxious most days, lookin’ here…

 
Lookin’ there…

Lookin’ everywhere…
Just waiting for that next POUNCE that can see him In the Water…

 
And Out the Water…

 
Until the poor thing is just totally shattered…

 
My little Ninja Cat is once more Lilly-The-Inscrutable-Oriental-Woman-Cat not to be messed in any way.
This is the Look she uses to deter weaker minded Humans…

 
To finish off on a Florista note, I had the most delicate of flowers to work with for this week’s wedding. These were home grown Muscari (Grape Hyacinths) provided by the bride and Dutch Lily of the Valley & Ranunculus. All soft stemmed and total Divas ha!

 
Wiring these into Buttonholes and Wrist Corsages was fun (Read: Tricky ) It was delicate work but they looked absolutely Gorgeous. I had my moments though, especially with the Muscari but…
Would I do it again?

Absolutely!

x HAPPY  DAYS  EVERYONE x

PS. Having Technical problems again so the Font's all wrong but Hey Ho - at least I can get it Published...hopefully... x


 

Sunday Morning Blogette...

Hi Everyone!
HAPPY SUNDAY!!
 
I’ve been so wanting to get a Blog Post all finished and published but it’s been sooo busy these last few weeks. My days don’t always have enough hours in them ha!
And I’ve got Studio appointments here today too ~ it’s going to be a Happy, Busy Year this one..
Anyways, so I thought I’d do a little ‘Blogette’ this morning and then get the longer one finished later…
 
In a Nutshell…
Lillycat’s doing great…
 

Can’t say the same for poor Mousie (more to follow on that one)…
 

Weddings are going great…
 

Washing pile’s doing great… Oh Oops...Round the wrong way again ~ Never mind eh... no time to sort it out now and it doesn't look so big from this angle Ha!

 
The Garden’s coming on nicely at last….
 

And I LOVE Ranunculus… Look at this little lovely with a touch of Muscari made up for a Wrist Corsage..
 

Gotta Go!  Busy, Busy!! See you all Later :)
xx

Uggs in April??!!

Hi Everyone! This is the post I couldn’t publish last week due to ‘Technical Issues’ so I thought I’d post it now anyways ~ which means there’ll be two this weekend !
xx
 
Blog Post from SUNDAY 15th April…
 
So where does the time go??  It absolutely FLIES past doesn’t it? … Busy Days…
Busy Florista Ha!…
Here’s what’s been happening in a Nutshell for a Quick catch up for now…
 
So… Our Lillycat is back and Happy and Healthy and Getting Better by the day :)
 
 
Our James is back and Ditto – Ditto – Ditto 
My washing machine and washing-drying-piles are bearing evidence of that and Blossoming much better than the Garden’s been of late ha!
 
Looks like another CSI to me… the return of the Deepest Darkest case from the Orient Aaaarghhhh!
 
In amongst all this I had a Fabulous day teaching at the West Suffolk College and look at what my Super students did! They really got a hold of the Hand-Tied technique SO well – I was really pleased (Read Chuffed – Delighted – Impressed) that they all had such a super day and did so very well xx
 
 
Oh and yesterday I had a super-dooper consult over at Alpheton Barn for a wedding I’m doing there in August and just Look at the Fabulous display of Daffodils there were along the lane leading to that venue – Just totally Gorgeous! Spring is here now surely…
 
 
Well…maybe…
As a cold-fingered-and-footed-most-of-the-year Florista I have to tell you that I’m still in the Uggs…
And I want Ugg Mitts too please…
I also hear they do Ugg Slippers!
 
 
And....Guess what? …
I'm putting these extra Ugg items are on my July-Wedding-Anniversary-What-I-Would-REALLY-Like-Gift-List ha! 
All ready for when the weather turns chilly again in…..September? October?...
Anyways – Ugg Slipper Consults could be an Autumn theme here at the Studios…
 xx
HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!! 
xx

PS.  Comments & Questions always Welcome on the Blog  :)

May The Sunshine Shine :)

Today I have been a Gardener HOORAY!!
Yes, I’ve got some serious office work to catch up on after taking some time off over Easter…
Yes, I haven’t hoovered in a couple of days (read many, many, several, too many)…
Yes, there are, well, Loads of things I should do…but… Not Today eh? The Sun is shining and, for once, in absolute ages, it’s warm out there!
Here – see – Now how could I not go out there and resurrect my garden when it looked like this…
 

Every picture tells a tale…these are the Strawberry plants wanting some long overdue attention…and the Geraniums just getting above themselves…and handy those Floristry buckets when there’s a bit of weeding to be done ha!

 
The best thing was that our Lillycat came out with me – She is oh such a very Happy Cat to be back home! We had a bit of ‘Sunning’ in the studio doorway followed by a bijoux bit of ‘Baking’ on the bench with me while I had a coffee break – well, coffee and biscuit break – well OK – coffee and biscuits break… (so how can you eat only ONE Oreo? Not possible!)


Lil’s did make a point of mentioning, in her own way, that she had a bit of a sore leg…
See the   l  o  n  g   stretch of it towards me?
My little chicken-leg-cat… a bit of fresh Tuna helped no end…

 
In the meantime the Big Blonde had made himself comfy up on the bed… Hmm… Knew I shouldn’t have left that particularly-prone-to-creasing cardi there but I was just in such a hurry to change and get outside…
Note To Self: Add ‘Washing to Do’ to the list…
 

Tomorrow’s a busy day too…
There’s prep to do for the Wedding Flowers Day Course I’m running at the West Suffolk College here in Sudbury on Saturday.
And at least 2-3 hours of office work to get done.
And I want to get over to the Beth Chatto Garden in Elmstead Market for plants, herbs, inspiration, coffee, ambience, bird song, plants, woodland plants, ideas, cake, photographs…
Did I hide the cake bit enough? Ha! They do REALLY lovely cakes over there… Just saying…
 
And then I’ve got that washing to do too…
And the Drying…


This already looks like the leaning tower of Pisa… Oh Ha Ha!!
 Wish Me Luck!!
 xx
HAVE  A  LOVELY  WEEKEND  EVERYONE !
MAY  THE  SUN SHINE  SHINE  :D 

Is Spring Sprung???

 
What a Difference a Day ( or two ) Makes!
Is Spring Sprung at Last? Let’s Hope So..
And more good news, our Lillycat’s coming Home tomorrow -  Hooray!
Reason enough for some Joyous Pics I think…. These are Flowers from my Garden this time Last Year – let the Springtime begin…please…

  
 









Now I do have to tell you that, being someone who REALLY needs to live in the Southern Hemisphere (Queensland specifically please), I ordered a pair of Ugg Boots just before Easter because I was fed up with being Cold…
And they turned up this morning…
 

 














Swiftly followed by the sunshine-ey-ist, warmest day we’ve had here yet ha! ..Oh my… Talk about perfect timing… But I still wore them..
 
And with the arrival of the First sunny, dry day came the inevitable… The ‘Clearing of the Studios’…









Oh, urgh, aah - lovely....Mixed up Boxes, quite a few Spiders, Long-Lost vases that hadn’t made it back to their rightful places at the end of last season, some Spiders, lots of Boxes, More Boxes…and did I mention the SPIDERS!! 
Urgh… Hate them…Yukky yuk yuk YUK….
But… I have a secret weapon from Oz to deal with these…

 
MORTEIN!! May the Force be with You….and against them…at all times…everywhere…
PS. I don’t like spiders
PPS. Not good when you work in Garden Studios
PPPS. Even worse when you like Gardening
 
 
Anyways – job done – well, almost ....getting there.... This is Studio 1 full of sunlight and Blossom Tees - still a bit disorganised but I do know where everything is now ha!
 
So, onto another thing that needs doing... the ‘Drawing of the Straws’ between me and Iain for who gets to do the dreaded ‘ PILLING OF THE CAT’…
Did you see those Teeth in the last Blog?... Let me remind you…
 

 Lils might be small but she is definitely Feisty…
The tablets have to be given MANually (get the hint there?) morning and night…and they’re not small, little wee tablets I can tell you – oh no, they’re, like, half sections of the big old fashioned Paracetamol tablets? Huge! Watch this space for further developments… I’ve got a Video somewhere of me doing it in the past and I’ll see if I can Blog a link to it somehow… totally hilarious…
 
But for now, let’s look forward to some Gorgeous warmer weather and Spring and Flowers and Summer and Sunshine...


 




















And, oh, Weddings!!! WEDDINGS!!!!!! Oh Yeah! There’s LOTS of those to come this year…
Love it
Love what I do
 
 HAPPY SPRINGTIME EVERYONE xx

Lilly's Story

 
This has been a funny old week full of ups and downs and highs and lows and excitement and worries….and out of everything that’s been happening here, I’m going to share Lilly’s story with you all today. 

In 2014, just two months after homing her, we nearly lost Lilly to a very rare condition. Unlike most cats, she was not immune to Toxoplasmosis. It attacked her nervous system, her ability to move, virtually paralysing her and would have killed her. She was saved back then by the Animal Health Trust’s neurologists and expertise. And by the fact that we’d taken out hefty pet insurance.
 
Unfortunately, the condition does come back and she became unwell again last Monday…it’s the back legs that ‘go’ first…

 



Lilly wasn’t, however, overly pleased to be given an emergency appointment at the vets..


We started treatment, same as we’d done a couple of times since 2014, but this time it didn’t work. Lil’s got poorlier and another vet’s visit saw her referred once more to the AHT on Thursday… She wasn’t feeling too good… I wasn’t feeling too good… 


And my James was leaving on a school trip to Beijing on the Friday morning and there was packing to be done and an overly worried Mother here that was having a meltdown about that let alone anything else… I went to school down in Cornwall and our school trips were to Penzance maybe, or Plymouth…but Beijing?? Hmmm.
And why does everything always have to happen at once?
 
And then there was Harley…  So? Where's she gone then?? 


Is she back yet??


Why’d she go without me eh, why?….. 


The good news is that Lil’s is now stable and slightly improving. And Hissing at everybody. Which means she’s feeling better…and more her feisty little self….
 

So, Lillycat, these are for you..
Feel Good , Feel Happy


And come home soon my honey…
The same goes for my son…
xx

Feet...

I think I’ve got a thing about feet…and travel….travel and feet. Feet on travels. Feet in sandals. On beaches. In the sea. In the pool. With tats. Without tats. Mostly with tats… Lots of feet….














What I’ve been doing today, amongst other things, is going back through my Google photos looking for something and it struck me how many pictures of my feet there were in there. Ha.
We all do this right? It’s not just me with some sort of footy fetish??
 x
Travel absolutely and completely inspires me. I love it. I love the journey, the flight, the whole transition thing – the moving from one life-space to another. Just adore it. And the warmth when I get there, oh my goodness, do I like that or what! It’s like my skin just opens up and goes ‘Hey! I’ll have some of that pleeeease! Oh yes! Over here!’
I am, without a doubt, living in the wrong hemisphere ha.
 x
My sister lives in Brisbane and I am one lucky bunny because I get to go visit her at the start of each year.
33 - 38 degrees of sunshine?  Oh yessy yes please.
High humidity too sometimes?  No worries, nope, absolutely fine.
Huge tropical-like storms with masses of lightning, the lot?  Like – Aah-May-Zing!!
 x
I do a lot of photography while I’m there which I use for my artwork and design ideas - it was some of these photos I was looking for when I spotted all those feet…
 
Now, I do have The Most Fabulous travel companion who’s always come with me everywhere… Let me introduce you to Woofs, International Traveller Extraordinaire!!
Here we are arriving at Brisbane Airport… oh oops, wonky pic again..
 

And havin’ some Beach time…


Keepin’ cool in Noosa…
 

Catchin’ some rays…
 

And Enjoying a Cappucco at Redcliffe….
 

Oh yes, we have a special relationship me and Woofs…

Aah… Yes… well…er…there is just one teensie, weensie, little problemette…

 Oh ..aah... Hiya Harls!   You alright?   Anything wrong??....
((  Jealous?  Harls?  Er…  well maybe, yes…. just a tad… ))
 
HAPPY SATURDAY EVERYONE x

PS.  I can't get these photos to load right today but Enjoy Anyway, life's too short  ha!

Crime Scene Investigation

Well Hi there and Hello :)
 
And... we have Snow here again in Suffolk today – and yes, there’s those buckets out there all waiting to be sorted… again... But, hey, I have a blog to write yes? Very important I get this done right now…and Lils totally agrees that the bestest place to be right now is inside, looking out, while baking gently in the warmth of the radiator …
 








I’ve got to say that, when I first came in the office this morning, it did all look a bit ‘Miss Marple’ like …or for those of us with Netflix, ‘Miss Fisher’ like ha! There was his Royal Niblets all collapsed under one of the desks … I guess he just couldn’t stand the thought of any more office work after yesterday…
 

Hang on a mo… let’s do a bit of a ‘Crime Scene Investigation’ makeover on this photo… aha, here we go! Oh dear, poor Harls…it was all just too much for him bless…

 
And talking of crime scenes…well…yesterday, what a day it was in here!
I wonder if anyone else out there has had this happen to them?....
What it was-was, when I opened up my Gmail first thing yesterday, ALL 
my starred-and-very-important emails had disappeared. Gone. Vanished.
Not there.
BIG tummy over moment. I label everything, always keep everything in groups. 
And there they all were – Gone. Disparu. Vanished.
 
So…detective hat on and Voila!… in my Bin there were – are you ready 
for this? – 5,863 EMAILS!!!! What!!?? Going back years and years. Had I deleted them? Absolutely not. They were all my Archived and Saved emails from forever. Plus loads of ‘Out of Office’ Auto Replies which, actually, did really need to go into the Bin anyway but that’s another matter. Did I want to select the whole bin load and move them back to my Inbox? Well, no, not really... So I worked through them, page by page. Took absolute ages. And then, when I did go to send an email, guess what? Gmail told me it had been deleted and sent to the Bin instead of the Sent Box because it was part of a deleted conversation... What-what???
 
Anyway, the Mystery is all solved now Huzza! After a bit of Googling I found it was down to a filter I'd set up the day before to get rid of some Spam. Somewhere along the line my own email address had been included..
 I now have NO filters. None.
Deleted the lot.
And ate Chocolate. Well, Chocolates. And some chocolate.  


My trials were over, or so I thought...
However... When I got downstairs at the end of the day I found further Dastardly-Dire scenes of the Most Despicable Nature waiting for me in
the Kitchen…
 
 
Gasp!!!... Horror!!! 
 

Gasp-Gasp!!!... Horror-Horror!!!....
 
There was absolutely only ONE course of action to be taken - and as quickly as possible …. 

HAPPY  SATURDAY  EVERYONE
May The Chocolate be With You x
And the Gin x

Because It's Worth It

Hi there and Happy Wednesday from me and The Big Blonde :)
It's been a busy few days - here's what we've been up to today...
Harley's just had a thorough eye cleaning session and, as you can see, is totally exhausted...


The same, of course, could be said of me... This cleaning-of-the-cat-face involved me getting him in an arm lock, with his backside wedged up against my stomach so he couldn't reverse out of hold, while I applied the "damp-tissuette-of-DOOM" as gently as possible to both eyes.
Well.
What a palaver.
You'd have thought I was trying to do open-eye-surgery or something... He kept squiggling around and stuffing his face under my armpit so I couldn't get to his eyes. This manoeuvre, whilst not resulting in him avoiding the eye cleaning, did managed to cover me in Springtime-Cat-Moult-Fluff which required a change of top afterwards...  
Harls is, without doubt, the biggest wuss-puss ever... but I Love him to bits and, as they say, he's worth it...
xx
It was a little while later at lunchtime when, with the sun all shining in and Lillycat all lying around in it relaxing on the kitchen table, I decided it would be a nice thing to give her a wee bit of a brush...

 
Half an hour and several HUGE brush loads of Tummy-Fluff-Fur later I had a kitchen table cloth that looked like it was growing some sort of Penicillin culture, another top covered in cat fluff and a pair of contact lenses in that were definitely not as happy as they were first thing this morning...
And Lilly?
Oh, well, she was one Happy-Purry-Cat! And what's more she gave me a very rare and gorgeous "I'll-sit-and-pose-for-you-no-worries" picture. I might look in need of yet another makeover right now but I Love her to bits and, as they say, she's worth it...

 xx
 
Apart from 'Cat Spring Cleaning' days, there's other times that I end up in need of a bit of renovation....Like at Christmas time when there's door wreaths and garlands to be made... sticky / messy stuff Nordic Spruce...just look at these hands!! And don't forget I'd have brushed the odd strand of hair off my face during the day and, maybe, rubbed my cheek...well, you get the picture I'm sure ha! #chimneysweep


But, of course, it's worth it because you end up with lots of things like this!
 

Another thing I do is design and create Tribute Flowers which, to me, is such a very important service I offer as a Florist. People come and see me quietly here in the studio and talk to me about what it is they'd like. 
And I put everything I have into creating it for them.
Because it's important.
Because it's worth everything and means everything.

Some designs are hand drawn from scratch..


  
 
Some are measured and built from scratch...


  

And some are designed, carved and built from scratch..

  
 
But they're all made with Love xx

Whatever You're Doing Today - Be Happy x
Because You're Worth It  ;)
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