I am feeling settled in the new studio. Working so close to home has freed up so much time, I hardly know myself. My two minute commute has changed everything. Remy doesn’t come to work as often now until he learns how to behave with clients. I think he’s misunderstood. Training is on the cards but until then he will be spending a little more time at home with Paddy. I found these pictures of him from last summer. Remember how summer feels?

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There has been much flowering lately. Some flowers were for royalty visiting the North East. Some were for weddings.

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And then there was magnolia. Naked branches with buds that after three weeks finally started to burst open.

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It joins the list of things I would never promise to a bride, given it’s reluctance to open. This is a flower that will not be rushed and the thought of timing it’s bloom down to a specific day makes me feel nervous. But I will always buy it when I see it and keep my fingers crossed that someone will enjoy it as much as I do.

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The witch hazel has also made an appearance but nothing brought me quite as much happiness as the return of spiraea. Cheap, no. Beautiful, yes. It was royalty after all.