Saturday, 31 December 2011


Where did the time go? It's already the last day of 2011...
We've had our first Valentines Day, Mothers Day, our first anniversary and our second Christmas this year.
Our Floral Courses have been a great success and we we are already designing and planning the new line-up for 2012!

May we thank all our customers and blog readers, Twitter followers and Facebook friends, for all your custom and support in the last year!

We wish you all a very happy, prosperous New Year full of health and love!

See you in 2012!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

twenty one days and counting....

life over here is just a whirl of spruce, berries, coffee and food eaten on the hoof!!....
all the mini christmas trees are gone

 flowers ready for on site arrangements at the weekend where miss and ma magpie tried the novel art of flower arranging in the dark...not to be recommended...we arrived at the venue to find the tables not up and the plastic sheeting on the floor.. undeterred we carried on while a army type operation by the crew from 'rhubarb' worked around us...

..eventually it all worked out as it usually does
 the usual garb of floristry in winter..twenty layers of clothing..miss magpie has the added bonus of her baby bump
 to keep her warm!
 ..also this week the biggest wreath challenge..spruce, scots pine, eucalyptus, euco pods, berried ivy, something which looks like a cross between seaweed and a protea which i have forgotten the name of ( shame on me)...thistles,twigs all on a mossed copper pipe affair..there may be a partridge and a couple of french hens in there too....but as usual Martin had to try it on for size...whew!!
ALSO!!! just to let you know we won THIRD prize for our window in the town competition and we have a certificate...we were so excited about that...little things and all that..
We are on the final count down now and hope to surface about 6pm christmas eve in the pub. x

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Christmas Opening Hours

Here are our extended opening hours for the coming period!

Sunday 18th Dec 10AM - 4PM
Monday 19th Dec 9AM - 5PM
Tuesday 20th Dec 9AM - 6PM
Wednesday 21st Dec 9AM - 6PM
Thursday 22nd Dec 9AM - 8PM
Friday 23rd Dec 9AM -8PM
Christmas Eve 8AM - 3PM

Christmas Day - CLOSED
Boxing Day - CLOSED
Tuesday 27th Dec - CLOSED

Wednesday 28th Dec 9AM - 5PM
Thursday 29th Dec 9AM - 5PM
Friday 30th Dec 9AM - 5PM
Saturday 31st Dec 8AM - 3PM

New Years Day - CLOSED
Monday 2nd January 2012 - CLOSED

We're back to normal on Tuesday the 3rd of January!!!!

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2012!!!!

Monday, 12 December 2011

Christmas Course 2011

Sunday was the last of this years Magpie Academy Courses
A seasonal look and play with all things Christmassy

Martin demonstrated how to make door wreaths, garlands and an arrangement for your Christmas table

 the wreaths were the undoubtable favorite with a scratch start of wire rings, moss and then lots of different foliage to choose from, adding the embellishments was a fun part...our youngest student wanted to try a garland and boy did she do it well....this is Martin staggering under the weight of her amazing first go!!

Well done to all the lovely people who have attended one of our courses this year, we have had  really enjoyed them and watch out for the 2012 timetable which we will finalize after the madness of Christmas is over and we sit down with a lovely glass of something chilled.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Winter wedding

Last week saw our last wedding of the year
Candlelight in a castle
log fires and the smell of pine
a crisp blue skied winter day
how romantic is that??

Today we had our delivery of mistletoe
so the romance may continue!!

Monday, 5 December 2011

the weird and the wacky!!

 Our little shop is sometimes a little quirky...we like the different....the unusual...the one off...sometimes people come in and can't quite make up their minds as to what exactly we are....sometimes you either get it or you don't.

I am experimenting as to whether poinsettias work as a cut flower, lets face it they are so damned temperamental, a puff of a breeze and they 
1) keel over
2) break their stems
3) shrivel up if slightly cold
Watch this space.

gorgeous turquoise pottery, plus our best sellers at the moment, hurrah for hyacinths!!!

 a new member of the team...we love him with his long eyelashes and curly mane, i expect he'll gallop off soon.

photographing our window is never a will have to come and see it for includes a french angel, an Irish dolls house...a vintage sledge.....a pair of american children's winter white boots, a covering of moss and some twigs, it is our attempt at winning the 'best dressed window' competition on Victorian Extravaganza night this friday...keep your fingers crossed.

finally a rusty metal  urn with a rusty painted horse....and a cyclamen just to show we do sell plants sometimes!!
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