This time last month we were in a pub (yes, I know, a p u b !!) in Stoke Newington, which is a rather nice part of north London, with almost all the other florists we have ever looked at on instagram/facebook. Ever. It was all a bit surreal because we hardly ever leave Cornwall and hardly ever leave our kids in the capable hands of their fathers, all by themselves, to eat chocolate at bedtime, and go the pub, (yes, I know, the p u b !!) on a school night, and loose their school shoes (under the kitchen table) and all sleep in a pile in the big bed like puppies ... Anyway, we were in London on our own!
Becca used to be a PA and is really good at organising 'stuff' ... (i'm not sure how she does it ...) ... and then ... we found ourselves at the Rose and Crown with all our floral idols!. It was just a little bit intimidating to be in the company of not only Nicolette Camille and Sarah 'Saipua' Ryanhen but Jo Flowers, Bare Blooms, Amanda Taffinder, The Blue Carrot, TB Florist, Rona of Flowerona, Pyrus, Rachel Tallulah Rose Flower School, Blue Poppy Florist, The Florist in the Forest ... I could go on! We had a really great evening talking all things flowers, its not often you get an eager audience for flower chat, and we totally had the best night in our respective flower based careers so far. Big thanks to Becca, florist gatherer extraordinaire. Becca also used this as an excuse to buy really pretty stationary. (See above xx). So on Tuesday morning we got our stuff together, notebook, camera, pen, shoes without mud on them, and walked through the pretty streets of Stoke Newington to 'The House Next door'. From the outside it looked a bit unimpressive, but inside it was all stately decay but with a nice kitchen and loo. This town house had, the previous day, seen The Little Flower School on its first London workshop, and today it was our turn.
At this point I was lost for words, and now a good few weeks later I am still stumped for something to say. Here are our pics, they can do the talking. It was a huge creative challenge, so it was: a challenge and a joy, we met some great people, saw some great work happen, had really useful chats and ate nice food. It didn't rain, we didn't get stuck in traffic, Becca used the old 'oh come on, come on' school of changing lane at the last minute technique and we took home not only great flowers, but a whole wealth of knowledge that we are now furiously working on putting into action. Thank you Little Flower School for being so generous with your know how. We absolutely enjoyed every minute of London Spring Riot and Revelry 2014.