Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The window at night

As I typed the subject headline then I was reminded of the late Patrick Moore who sadly passed away this weekend (may he Rest in Peace - his enthusiasm has created many an amateur (and no doubt professional) astronomer or 2 in his lifetime). 
Just like the stars and planets he so loved to study, our window also comes to life at night. I will admit it is the only time I am not so keen on our (tucked round the corner) position. Sadly it doesn't get seen by as many people as it could; but those that have been passed at night have made the effort to pop in and say how well it glows; one or 2 have said it has helped them to feel a bit more festive too, which is a truly lovely compliment. 

Last night one of the guys in the office was kind enough to come up and try to capture some pics from outside the front looking in (rather than the ones I take from the inside looking out). He said it was too cold to fiddle about too much, but he managed to capture a shot so you can get some idea of how it looks. There is a decorated tree at the back in the middle that you cannot see that also has a set of lights on it; as well as some snowy baubles and some thick white tinsel. 

I know it's not that easy to see all the flowers that are in the window from this shot, but I can assure you there are flowers in there; one thing I really don't like is a florist that doesn't have any kind of flowers in their window. I just don't get that. 


As you can see from the photo directly above that I took from inside the shop the other day (and I only used my iphone; I don't have one of those fancy SLR thingies with all the lens's and bits and bobs) during the day it looks like a jumble of lights; but at night it just seems to glow. The fairy lights then add that little bit of sparkle to it. Had we got all the snow the met office were forecasting we would get, I think it would almost have looked as if the outside and inside had merged; alas we are now going back to dismal rain, but even so I hope it spreads a little christmas cheer, and brings a smile to the faces of anyone passing by during the evening.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas Opening times

Time flies by so quickly these days which is why I have only just realised I've not shared our Xmas opening times with you all; hard to believe that 2 weeks today will be Christmas Day.
So we will be open all day on Saturday 22nd and up until 12noon on Sunday 23rd December (we will actually still be working on the Sunday afternoon but will be closing the doors at 12 so we have time to get ourselves sorted and ready for Christmas Eve).  We will then be open from 8.30 as normal on Xmas Eve but we will be closing at 12 noon (and not a second later; if you haven't collected your orders by then it sadly be too late for you; our reason for this is because we have families too and have to get ourselves organised for Christmas just like the rest of you) .
We will NOT be open then until Wednesday 2nd January. This is partly down to the flower markets. Although they will be operating during the Christmas and New Year periods the flowers that they will have on offer will be those left over from the Christmas stock. As you know we pride ourselves on the freshness and quality of the flowers we supply, and while we know the supermarkets (and sadly some other florists) are happy to supply and stock week old flowers, we would rather close down for the week and start fresh again in the New Year. Our apologies if this causes problems for you, but we know you understand our reasoning for it.
If we don't get the opportunity between now and then we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year and thank you so much for your custom throughout 2012. Without you we wouldn't be here.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like..

you guessed it? Winter :)   Oh ok. Christmas it is

Against my better judgement I put the Christmas window display in on Monday (those of you that know me and have been using the shop for the past 7 years - 7years; where has the time gone) will know that I never normally allow anything Christmas into the shop until the 13th (I'm a strong  believer in the 12 days; that's 12 before and 12 after). This year I only relented because I asked Clive if he would get up in the loft (I don't do lofts; all those cobwebs and other creepy crawlies - shiver) not expecting him to want to get up there until the weekend at the earliest (normally I have to ask several times before finally telling him it needs to be done). This time as soon as I asked he said "Right; let's get it all out now". The next thing there was box, upon box, upon box of Christmas bits and pieces and nowhere to move in the workroom (shop, kitchen or bathroom) without sorting it all; so I relented, and the tree is up; the window is decorated.  Again I've had to take the photo from the back due to the reflection from outside (but do have a photographer coming up to take one from the front for me).

I had already planned on a white/snowy theme for the window so amazed myself that I stuck to it too (yes I have added some blue lights but they're just to give it more of a wintery/snowy feel). What I didn't plan on was putting a tree up in the shop; and I definitely didn't plan on decorating that in traditional reds/golds with multi coloured lights, but that's exactly what I did, so we have a little bit of festiveness.  I've not really over-done it this year though which is no bad thing, as it means I can go crazy next year :) 

Now it's all systems go getting ready for the big day. We have some holly wreaths coming in tomorrow for those of you that have wanted early orders because you are not going to be here; the rest will come in dribs and drabs over the next couple of weeks; you know how we like to make sure are always fresh for you? The worst thing with having a batch too early is that they could have been made at the end of the October; at least I know leaving it so late, all of ours will now have only been made within the past few days, as they original (and early batches) will have already been sold to shops; so although some of you have moaned at me (you know who you are :) ) at least you do know when you get your order it's going to last.