February 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

It seems that as soon as Christmas is over all of us florists seem to start talking about Spring… Me included!

Pretty wishful thinking, although there are some beautiful spring feeling flowers to pick from at the minute – hyacinth, anemone, tulip, ranunculus to name a few. The weather has other ideas for us though, so we are currently buried in snow!

Spring jar –
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Bright and fresh deliveries –

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Current Reality –




But soon soon it will be Spring, I’m sure of it!


It’s started!

December 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m very excited to report that Kate’s Blooms has started to get going for real in the new land!

A long chain of events led me to a great place to share some photos of my work online, and start getting orders – It’s funny where a question about buying a double buggy for impending motherhood of two can lead you!! There’s a strong and supportive expat group in this area, and it seems that a lot of people understand the difficulties of picking up your life and starting again in a new place.

My french lessons are still going…. I can’t really say going well, because it’s hard and I’m definitely not a natural, (for example, I managed to tell my teacher that I’ve been living separately from my husband for the past three years. This is not true, but I couldn’t find the right words to correct myself, so we’re just going with that!) but hopefully in time I’ll be able to connect better with french speakers in the area too!

It’s been really fun, and fulfilling to get working again – let’s hope the orders keep coming!








French life begins.

September 17, 2014 § 1 Comment

We’ve arrived to our new house at last! My last update was California. Since then we’ve moved between Aspen, boston, New York and Belfast. Phew. So we’re really happy to be settling in for our new life here.

French village life is all I hoped for so far…. Cows with bells, fresh bread in mornings and eclairs for pudding, and a lot of charming houses everywhere.

There’s the other side too of course- a ‘new’ car which has already visited the mechanics about 5 times, endless paperwork, lots of pointing instead of speaking and struggling terribly in my first french lesson – Turns out I really don’t remember much from school! I’ll get there eventually!

Here are some pictures to set the scene for the next three years.








Boy does it feel like the end of summer

September 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s the end of summer. I’ve just realized. Tonight I’m packing to fly home to Ireland tomorrow night for my best friends wedding. (By packing I really mean thinking about packing, having a beer and listening to music.) It feels cold tonight. It’s quite nice having a definite end to the season by flying off, but I’m already sad for the long days in the sun, the nights on the porch, and being outside all the time! But what a great summer.



This summer we discovered that the beach can be pretty hard with a baby/toddler, but that bluegrass festivals are brilliant, especially if theres a river to cool off in. Miss Maisie has gone from sliding to crawling to running. Crazy! I’ve started fiddling and doing yoga again, and the garden was really fun and satisfying. It’s still going strong, or at least it’s trying to, that’s if the ground hog doesn’t get it first……. He likes to take a big bite out of vegetables, then leave them dangling on their stalk, or to eat all the new pea or zucchini shoots as they come up. GR!


The cosmos did really well. They must require no special care!


Well, I just hope the ground hog isn’t too hungry while I’m gone. If I was him I’d head on over to plot 43…….. Looks much tastier than mine.

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