Happy New Year to you all! Or do you think it is too late to say that now we are two thirds of the way through January?
Well, from my point of view, if it’s still January then it’s never too late to say it – especially as it is such a warm and uplifting greeting that hints of good things to come. And I hope, from the bottom of my heart that 2014 is a great year for you and yours. It will be full of ups and downs I am sure of that, but with a positive attitude and stacks of gratitude it can be a good one.
Anyway, some of you may follow my Bouquets and Blooms on Facebook (you can find my page here) and will therefore know I lost my dad to dementia at the end of November last year. Yet despite our great sadness, as a family we are grateful for the long and full life that my dad lived and take comfort that he is now at peace. Anyone who has ever lost someone they love to dementia will know what a cruel disease it really is and so the end, whilst you can never really prepare yourself, comes as a blessing to both the sufferer and their family. And we are no exception.
So 2014 has started with equal amounts of excitement and reflection. My grief is still raw and can catch me unaware but I am full of hope and am looking forward to the future. Especially where Bouquets and Blooms is concerned.
Bouquets and Blooms started out as an online wedding flower service (which it still is and you can find my website here) offering bespoke wedding flowers and wedding workshops, but we have now blossomed into a lovely little flower shop too, selling beautiful blooms (both fresh and forever), a selection of floral gifts for you and your home and a generous helping of vintage finds and furniture.
I rented a small retail unit at Shedfield Equestrian Centre just outside of Wickham (you can find a map here) and Bouquets and Blooms opened its’ doors for a few weeks in December, offering all sorts of Christmas goodness and floral gifts.Located within a short distance from the Marriott Meon Valley Hotel and the DeVere New Place (both wonderful wedding venues), we still offer our bespoke wedding flower service and wedding workshops - but now you have somewhere rather lovely to visit in person! I took a break over the festive season but am now ready to re-open my doors, as from next Wednesday 22nd January 2014.
The unit is what I would call small, compact and bijoux and may only be a temporary home for Bouquets and Blooms for now (I am currently in discussions to move somewhere more suitable), but I would love to see you - we're open Wednesday's to Saturday's, from about 10am ish till about 3pm ish
Love and blue skies
Words: Louise Bowditch, Bouquets and Blooms
Photos: BlueCloud Photography