Thursday, September 24, 2009

Leap of faith

image courtesy of here

This year has been a huge journey for me so far. I have started something I have wanted to do for a long time - floristry - which I am finding a passion in. It is exciting, challenging and stretching . I have also started this funny journey of blogging which I find so therapeutic. I love the way I can debrief my day and my life here for myself - some of you comment and I am getting to know you also through this medium. My world is changing and unleashing around me and I find myself embracing the change, I'm not afraid but excited about the opportunities.
I really do feel blessed somehow - things just happen. Sure there have been some heart aches but learning - wow. I am sure doing this also. It's only the start of this new journey. My children well they forever amaze me and so does my man. One of my babies is speeding towards manhood in a crazy whirlwind. This is scary, I'm not really ready for this milestone. He finishes his high school years next week. Graduation is here and I'm just not ready. Some days I do want the world to just slow down a little. I just need to catch my breath.
Time to naval gaze for just a moment - indulge me this

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Red skies in the morning

Photo in Sydney morning herald
This morning I woke up to the words of my son " what is going on??". He has reason to be alarmed. The morning skies were bright orange/ red. A phenomenon caused by the high winds this morning and red Aussie dust. It was quite uncanny and will be interesting as it plays havoc with the morning commute.
It is a wild country that we choose to live in.

Monday, September 21, 2009

dream job

Sometimes things happen and you don't realise that your "dream job " is just around the corner. Today was one of those days. I woke up to a phone call - it was from my "boss"
She was calling to welcome me to the team of Waterhouse designs and to say she hopes I have a wonderful first day as a "real florist". Oh my goodness. My heart skipped a beat and I realised I was doing this - I was living my dream. My leapt around the place - realising that this is what Ihad hoped for. No amazing $$ signs in the future but it really doesn't matter - I am getting paid for doing what I love and it is a good thing!!!
I talked to my son about this on the way to the train station and he really understood where I was coming from. My son is in year 12 and about to finish his high school years, his dream is to be a musician but there is a long road ahead. I encourage him constantly to keep on at his dream - it's hard though when the realities of life slip in to remind us of responsibilities.

I did work at my dream job today. I made the florist beautiful, it was brimming with blooms.
I took orders, I served customers. It was a perfect working day - and I made a $$ or two.
The bubbly was shared this evening - a celebration of sorts. I am doing this. It seems like a dream but it is happening. I know the process of learning is not always easy - I am not looking forward to my assessments at college this week but what is the worst that could happen ? I might not know how to do the perfect "kite" corsage yet. But someday I will....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


My work experience is now finished. It's been such a roller coaster of learning, hopefully this means a lead on to work placement - supposedly I start Monday and I get paid! wooohoo.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Beautiful distractions

all ready for the week

I am thankful for the fact that my life is too busy to wallow. Life just keeps chugging on and I am enjoying it so much. There is much to do in the life of a budding florist.
Sunday was a gorgeous wedding workshop - enjoying the idea of the natural bride. On Monday it was back to work. Organising the shop just so it could be exploding with bouquets.
Today it is assignments to be completed for college - Wednesday back to work and the sun has been shining all week!

a floor of industry
Soft pinks for the table
Blushing bouquet

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Post script

I went for the interview and it was a flop. I guess it's onwards and upwards. I am disappointed but will chalk it up to experience. Time to get on with this lovely weekend .

The real deal

Again the opportunity sign came knocking at my door. I find it amazing as I open one door another opens - wow. I am almost singing inside.
Today a friend at College told me about a Sutherland Florist who was looking for a florist part time or full time. Of course I nearly leapt out of my skin as this is exactly what I want. Somewhere local and not somewhere that I have to trek to. It would solve a thousand problems.
I took the brave step and called. I know I am not qualified yet but I am keen and have worked in the industry. I just need to hope she will take me on. My interview is tomorrow. Fingers toes and anything else crossed this will come to be. I can't quite believe it but I do believe that things happen for a reason, perhaps the timing was right. It almost seems as if I am a fraud somehow though doing this thing when I am not yet qualified - but I know I can do this.
I hope they think so.
So here goes I am leaping in with both feet. -- "splash!"

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

No Place like home

Cronulla Beach

I have been in Australia now for 5 1/2 years and I would say it does feel like home. This morning I walked along the Esplanade I thought how beautiful this place was. Guess what? I live here. It's right on my door step and with the business of life it is sometimes missed.
I have moved from God's own country NZ to God's own country in Sydney. It really is a lovely place to live. The Spring sun decided to grace us as we walked and it really was magnificent.
The water is so blue, somehow the cobwebs of the week are swept away and life seems to make sense again.
Someone told me once that the salt sea air is important for balance in our lives, the salt promotes positive ions to counteract the negative ones. I don't know if it is mumbo jumbo and really I don't care. It works for me.
Today the world seems at peace. Even the thought of the dentist doesn't seem to daunting. Apart from the fact that I do have the nicest dentist on the planet. Enjoy your days and if you can some sunshine today.

Monday, September 7, 2009


Today I made a mistake - a boo boo - I did something wrong. It could have been costly but luckily was saved in the nick of time. I feel stupid and there is nothing I can do about it - I guess i have proved I am not a robot. I make them - yes I admitted it - I make mistakes

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Father's day

It's Father's day today - Dad - you are in my thoughts and wishing I could be with you.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Friday flowers

This week it was wreaths- corsages and presentation bouquets. I do like this design a little more than the normal "funeral" wreath.
The box hedge was lovely to use and created that whimsical old english feel. I am loving berries and Berzilia ( the little green buds) at the moment and putting them in everything.
I am no longer cross with corsages - they are becoming my friend. This is a very traditional approach but I am learning that the process is important. I may stick to hand-tied button holes as I do love these - but if asked for a traditional Kite corsage for the mother of the bride I can deliver.

He cleaned!

I am aghast! As I was coming home from college this afternoon I talked to my 17 year old. He sounded bright and cheery and proceeded to tell me while I was out today he cleaned!
No asking - no nagging - he just did it. What a blessing. I was told very clearly when i came home - not to make a mess please. Priceless.