I've bought some new stationery, a binder and fresh pencils to be precise.
I need to go to the hardware store and purchase secateurs, needle nose pliers and
(if I can find it) a device called a rose stripper - which de-thorns them with minimum fuss.
I have a beginners kit containing a multitude of items that I will soon
be using, the most exciting (and frightening) being my new Swiss Army florist knife.
Thus far we've looked at compact versus light and airy symmetrical arrangements.
We've had a go at wiring, using the floral knife, prepping oasis, cut flower care,
product preservation, economising, design elements applicable to symmetry,
best practice, precautionary measures, the wholesale industry, time management
and last but not least... botanical names...... phew
Floristry is hard peoples! I mean really hard
Now don't misunderstand me.... I am not under any illusion that
the Hollywood version of this career actually exists.
You know the one I mean...standing around arranging stunning
blooms in a crystal vase ... whilst the birds tweet and the tea brews.
Early hours, quick decisions, fast paced work, grubby hands and very little glory.
Think about it...
When the man in your life hands you that gorgeous bouquet you don't ever say:
"Oh wow... who did this? I must ring him/her and tell them I love it"
However I've come to understand that it's very rarely about accolades
when you are arranging, designing and creating. Yes you want to know
it looks good, it's liked, loved... admired. Only because you'd obviously
suck at your job if it didn't. No - you do it because time just stands still.
Everything melts away... housework, bills, world issues, the kids, the duties...
I even forget to finish my tea.
I am not sure what other florists will say when they read this.
I have a friend who insists that even when she's run off her feet she
couldn't think of any other job that would give her the same satisfaction
and pleasure that working with flowers does.
I'm inclined to agree
It's a long weekend here in Perth.
Young Prince has a buddy staying over and they're in the pool role playing as their heroes.
Hubby has just arrived home from a great day at work and I've got "homemade fish and chips" cooking as we speak. The weekend consists of a whole bunch of paperwork, some study for moi ... (botanical names are something else peoples!) reading, swimming, markets and herbs... lots and lots of herbs. I hope wherever you are right now you're looking forward to some fun this weekend. See you on the flip side!