The Hound, now a qualified interior designer, had us rearrange the assorted dressers and washstands to a layout that seems to make the shop look twice as big. The position of the cream dresser still bothers me, but it might be that it just needs painting taupe.
This weekends Grand Prix in Valencia promised to be full of action, street circuit, a bridge and the pits housed in an old fish market. Sadly it was all a bit of a damp squib. The McLaren failed to reach the pace of the Ferrari, which doesn't bode well for the rest of the season. We can only hope Ferrari's reliability issues continue - not very sportsman like I know, but after that stewards decision.........!
How to be a floral goddess
15th September or, 13th October or, 27th October £75
An Introduction to flowers, insider tips and handtied bouquets, vase types, conditioning etc.
You will make 2 bouquets, 1 large and 1 small.
Dinner party flowers
29th September or , 20th October £75
How to make wonderful table centres for soirees and full on banquets! 1 modern and one eclectic arrangement will be made.
The Christmas table
17th November £75
Ideas on how to decorate the table at Christmas, tablecentres, decorations and other lovely things. 2 arrangements will be made.
24th November £80
Making the perfect door wreath for your home. Each person will have the choice of materials to make a traditional, or modern wreath.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment and we will dispatch further information and a booking form.
I have polled several people who all say they like the blue, one architect said it reminded him of a fridge which he thought was a good thing in a flower shop. It is for precisely that reason that I want to change the colour, this shop is cold enough in the winter, without the decor suggesting the Arctic. Also, I think a taupe colour might be more flattering to my seriously pale skin tone. Farrow and Ball paint charts are covering the work area, and preventing any of the orders being made. Do people really paint their walls Drab or Dead mouse?
The books will be available to purchase from the shop, or by mail order next week. Although I must warn you that once purchased, you may wish to hand in your notice, buy an old camper van, and spend your days travelling the length and breadth of England, visiting all 12 shops.
Eventually we had to leave one anothers company, and head back, with book in hand we loaded the sparkly clean van with shoes.
My dear Mr Banks - how we missed you.
I don't profess to have my finger on the pulse of youth culture, but I do Facebook and have been known to watch Gossip girl (xoxo), having to enquire what "ska reggae" was, I fear has forever placed me in the group of adults that younger ones roll their eyes at.
Later a new policeman walked past the shop - he was 13.
I always buy books from second hand shops, it turns the book buying process into a literary treasure hunt. Sometimes you have to wait months to find a book, other times you find it straight away - The Oxfam bookshop on Portobello Road is fabulous for those who are impatient. I have been looking for "Love in the time of cholera" for a very long time, today I found it, albeit in French. Tonight an early night with "L'amour aux temps du cholera" by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, and a cup of Earl Grey. Perfume of the day has been Maitresse by Agent Provocateur.
All the 8's, lucky for some! and us. We made the flowers for "Possibly the most relaxed bride in the world" A Bouquet of roses with honeysuckle trails, myrtle and eucalyptus. The honeysuckle was cut from my own garden, checking on it everyday, sheltering it from the hard showers with some tarpaulin, and ensuring it opened to perfection was no mean feat. Cut on the morning of the wedding it looked and smelt divine.
I love the combination of deep burgundy, red and hot pink, a mix of roses in these colours with a hint of deep lilac makes a very beautiful wedding bouquet.