They just keep coming.

October 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

We had a wonderful trip back home. The wedding was beautiful, and so much fun. The groom was Scottish, so all of his male family and friends were in kilts, which looked amazing, and Katie was a really stunning bride. There was champagne, guiness, Mauds ice-cream, a ceilidh and more dancing. We had so much fun seeing all of our friends who had gathered to celebrate, from all over the world. When we all manage to get together it’s like we are all 18 again! I was so happy and honoured to be one of Katie’s bridesmaids.

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I was lucky enough to be able to help with the flowers for the chapel the day before the wedding. The highlight was a visit from a lovely old priest who suggested Katie’s sister might like to become a nun! Unfortunately in all the rush I didn’t take any photos of the chapel which weren’t slanty, or in the dark! The rest of our trip was great too. We saw lots of our family and really enjoyed having babysitters around. We managed a day ‘up the Port’ on the North coast in Porstewart, one of my favourite places in the world. It was cold, windy and beautiful.

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Meanwhile back in Boston, normal life continues, and I came back to a blooming garden full of peppers! I can’t believe they did so well with no watering. More cosmos too of course!! I love them in this vase.

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Loving the rain

August 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s a rainy day here today. I’m really enjoying the change. I always feel the pressure to get outside as soon as possible on nice days. Maybe that’s because of growing up in northern Ireland where warm and sunny days were few and far between, meaning any time the weather was good we were straight out the door! So it’s been nice today to play with Maisie in our PJs (today she discovered how much fun doors can be) and drink lots of tea. And being lazy I’m also pretty happy that my garden is getting watered, and not by me! I’ve been looking through some old photos while sitting on the porch watching the rain, and came across the flowers I made for my cousin Sophie’s wedding way back in 2008. I’m sure she won’t mind if I share them here…..

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I worked for Fabulous Flowers in Oxford at the time, and they were kind enough to let me do these flowers on their time…. Thanks Matthew and Gary!

I’m excited to see what else I uncover today…

Hot!

July 21, 2013 § 7 Comments

This weekend I did the flowers for a small wedding. It was so hot at the end of the week that I was stressing about keeping the flowers alive, so I commandeered the kitchen fridge, expelling everything except milk and blueberries. I turned into a complete fridge dictator, guarding the fridge, and demanding that it be shut immediately if anyone dared to try to squeeze something else in…. Whoops!! But it worked, the flowers made it. Now I just have to be nice to people again!

Here’s the brides bouquet:

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Being in a country quite far from home, with a good airport (read fairly cheap flights to Ireland and England), and pretty nice weather, we get lots of visitors. Currently it’s my sister and brother-in-law, who happens to be my husbands oldest friend (it does feel a bit incestuous)! We haven’t lived in the same country for nearly 10 years, so its been great spend so much time with them and to have a long visit. BUT, I can be extremely antisocial sometimes, and while they all went out last night I stayed in with the baby, so I was quite excited to find myself on my own for the first time in about 10 days after she went to sleep! I celebrated by playing with the leftover flowers from the wedding, drinking a couple of cold beers and listening to some Audie Blaylock and Redline. It was pretty great. I’m joining up to Jane’s flowers in the house again, with the leftovers sitting on my porch! Looking forward to seeing what everyone’s up to!

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