Happy New Year to you all and let’s hope 2014 is a happy, healthy and successful year for us all. It seems unbelievable that we are now almost half way through January but it seems a good opportunity to reflect on the events we were involved with leading up to Christmas.
We were delighted to work with Jane Rickard and the Surrey Area of NAFAS supplying the flowers to “Florimania for Christmas” at Hampton Court Palace. Having supplied “Spring Florimania” for a number of years it was wonderful to see the Palace transformed with a festive floral twist as Williams III’s apartments were dressed with Christmas floral arrangements. Visitors were also able to attend Christmas Wreath and Table Decoration demonstrations by Area Demonstrators.
We now look forward to supplying the next “Spring Florimania” to be held over Mothering Sunday weekend at the end of March.
On the 14th December we welcomed NAFAS demonstrator Irene Hickson to our warehouse for a demonstration entitled “Festive Fantasy”. Over 50 ladies attended the event which saw Irene display examples of festive arrangements in a multitude of colours from pink and purple to the more traditional reds and greens. Irene had been recommended to us by members of a local flower club and we were certainly not disappointed – her enthusiasm, humour and obvious love of flower arranging left everyone inspired and motivated to create their own Christmas designs.
Below is a small selection of photographs from the demonstration.
As we drew closer to Christmas we held two of our very popular Workshop mornings. Lead by our in house florist Rebecca Warwick workshop attendees were shown how to create two Christmas arrangements. The workshops were thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended and we have already been asked to hold a ‘tailor made’ workshop for two of the ladies who attended plus some of their friends in the Spring.
Below is a selection of photographs taken at both the Workshops.
18th December was an early start for Clare and Sally who were at Portsmouth Dockyard by 6.30 in the morning to deliver the flowers ordered for the Homecoming of the Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster. Members of the Ship’s company had pre-ordered either a single red rose or a bouquet of flowers for presentation to their loved ones on disembarkation from the Ship after their 7 month deployment to the Caribbean.
The pictures below show the boxes of flowers being loaded onto the launch for transportation out to the Ship prior to its arrival into the Dockyard.
I think that just about summarises the end of last year and we are now preparing for the coming weeks which will include Valentine’s Day and Mothering Sunday followed by what is looking to be a very busy Summer of weddings.