The love of 41 love days, of 41 beautiful couples, 82 amazing individuals – all in me. Not one couple becomes part of another couples love day. No blurs are very important. Always unique, always a different story, always about their love story. It’s massive. No wedding is just run of the mill. No two the same. There are some things I just don’t want to ever change. Here are just a few…
Tribute and remembrance work that has rested in my heart in such blessed ways. A depth of love. Of connection. A part of life that none of us know enough about to feel okay about . To share just a little of what scares us all but is real… it’s special. Never to be taken for granted.
A range of community events, workshops, children’s activities, families, isolated people, older people… people and flowers. It’s been all these things and much more than words can say. Flowers do it better!
I feel more determined. More steadfast. More decided. More learned. Heart strong. More sure of what I want to lay ahead. I stay well when I don’t fragment myself so Floriography has to stay true to what my heart and soul need to travel all these days. It’s risky, more exposing; an extension of me where any criticism constructive or not feels like a pin in my heart. But I can hold that much better than the hammer that will just kill my soul in a few hits if I were to compromise my ethos and beliefs.
I have been thinking and doing so much that I have not always had time to communicate as I would like to. I know that’s important. And it’s been making me a bit anxious. In order for me to be doing the things you seem to like well, we will be doing a little less of some of the other things. We want to create as much as we can ourselves, using as much natural and kind stuff as possible. This will mean a little stripping back and adding in different places.
I haven’t seen some of you as much as I’d like. I like to come along and create a few edges, add some layers. Love it all and you. This is important to me but there is so much to do when you run your own business…. and you are a control freak, which clearly I am. Maybe I can’t do as much as I think I should, and in the long run it isn’t helpful. I am trying to address this by breaking up and organising my time a little differently. Times when I am available. Times when I am getting on with what I must do. I think really concentrating on doing what we do well and defining that a little more for you and for us is the way forward. We all need just a little more time. Both Alice and Amber work other jobs to pay bills and then do like full time jobs here. Jan works here but gives at least a day for love and often more. A few others are also giving time for love, and without them it wouldn’t work – well it would – but not at the core of what it is meant to be. Their support never fades. I want to show I see that the pace has to be a little different so we get to be making, creating, exploring in ways we want to with a little less time-pressure. Maybe it won’t work like this but I am determined to try.
I want the layers to grow in 2017, showing you more deeply what is at the core of Floriography. The love. The creativity. The friendship. The choice to do this. The absolute love and dislike of the world. The languages flowers talk. The stories they tell. The depths they can go. Their healing abilities, magic, scents; their telling and seeing abilities. We want to celebrate the love of flowers…more…and how they can be used to help us be a little more like the person we want to be. We want to share with you a deeper sense of connection and understanding through flowers. We want to share and talk to you about the things and people, the hearts and souls in Floriography. The art, the music – the things that inspire us. We want you to feel warm and a little loved when you think of Floriography, but not ‘cause I say it ‘cause it is how it is. That’s the overall mission. To not think of it as a flower shop, but as a way of feeling. That you are welcome without judgement – a place where you are seen. That you are part of something. We showed you glimpses of this in 2016, and this year we hope to grow these flower stories and connections with you.
Doing a newsletter each month wasn’t practical. So it will be quarterly but we will be blogging and using social media more often, sharing stuff with you that way. Look out for a little more flower story in the shop too.
Getting to the core of it all… We want Floriography to be a celebration of what we can do of life in all its colours and forms. I am hoping you feel at least some of it. I hope you know none of this is taken for granted. Not one single bit of it. That I will keep doing my best. That it won’t stand still, but it won’t change so much that no one recognises it. Never. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for what Floriography is and can be. With love. Always xxx
And thank you to all those who have held me up when I have felt like falling down. You should know who you are. Xxx