November 16th, 2013

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It's been a good long while but I think we're the kind of friends that can go MIA without feeling guilty. I've had some passing thoughts about just putting this place to bed, but I've come to terms with the fact that it doesn't have to be all or nothing. All you can do is the best you can do. Michael says this to me frequently.

Elmwood has been missed in the off season, and Michael too, now that he is living in California. Lots of changes but some things stay the same. My camera is still busted, I still don't have a car but I have been beyond blessed with work opportunities and the status quo has worked well this fall. My body no longer lets me sleep past 6am because so many flower market mornings have reset my clock. I'm dreaming of a warm winter with lots of orange blossoms and mornings spent in the sun. Wish me luck on that front.
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Have flowers lost their charm these days? Maybe. But then again maybe it's just November. (Most likely the latter.) It's a hard time to arrange flowers- no local product yet and nothing is really hitting its stride anywhere but Australia. I miss the days of throw some weeds in it and call it done. There are no weeds to cut, so we pay an arm and a leg to get weeds flown in from California because their growing season defies time and space.

I better buck up because I have 400 Chilean peonies with my name on them for a wedding next weekend- the last wedding of the year. When people come to you for beautiful flowers, you give them what they want, November or not. But what I really want is a late morning in bed, a piece of pumpkin pie and Michael home for Thanksgiving. Let the countdown begin.



28 comments:

  1. Yes, we are that kind of friends, but I do miss your posts...especially the ones of Elmwood. Which by the way, I'd be happy to be her caretaker in the off season! :)
    Your flowers are beautiful as always and your photos are always a treat. They make me want to jump right in them and start living that life!
    Hope you get all your wishes for Thanksgiving. xo

    Sarah

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  2. Lovely to hear from you, even if it's just once in a while! Love your posts and wait patiently for each one...glad to share the bits when they come : )

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  3. I'm with Eva Girl, I love coming here to read the latest chapter of your awesome blog. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. ... so wonderful to hear your sweet voice again. Many fond wishes to you for all the best at the close of the year. Many of us keep you in our thoughts all the time.

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  5. ... so wonderful to hear your sweet voice again. Many fond wishes to you for all the best at the close of the year. Many of us keep you in our thoughts all the time.

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  6. Your photos and posts are always a treat worth waiting for. I hope you get your sunny winter mornings arranging pretty vases with orange blossoms, and all your Thanksgiving wishes too!

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  7. Your photos and posts are always a treat worth waiting for. I hope you get many sunny winter mornings arranging pretty vases with orange blossoms,
    and all your Thanksgiving wishes too;-)

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  8. Even one post every couple of months is appreciated and cherished! I certainly don't mind the wait.
    <3Daniella

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  9. Blogs are definitely that kind of friend - best to not force yourself to write, only pick it up when you have something to say. I loved reading this one, happy November to you, and I hope you get your hard earned pie and time to spend however you'd like to (isn't that the nicest feeling after a long wedding season?)

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  10. happy to hear from you whenever :)

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  11. You are so right when it doesn't have to be all or nothing. I like hearing about the season of November from the flowers point of view. Here, in the PNW there's always one or two day arrangements to be made of salal or rosehips or snowberries. Thanks for sharing. Why is your sweetheart in CA might I ask?

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  12. I'm in the same place. Slowing down as fall turns into winter. Focusing on cozy comforts and forgetting the hectic pace of summer.

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  13. Please keep blogging, when you have the time! Your blog posts light up my day. I hope there will be a movie of your florist/ Emerson life

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  14. Please keep blogging, your posts light up my day! You write so beautifully.

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  15. Such a nice surprise to find you in my inbox! And, secretly, your more laissez-faire posting schedule allows me to take more ownership (ie. let go of the guilt) of my own radically rebellious lack of routine posting.

    Your photos are stunning, as always - proclaimed ennui or not. So glad you'll be getting what you want for Thanksgiving. Have a joyous one.

    And yes, we are oh-so-lucky in California to have never-ending flowers. We mark the change in seasons by the type of bloom rather than the color of leaves.

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  16. Such a nice surprise to find you in my inbox! And, secretly, your more laissez-faire posting schedule allows me to take more ownership (ie. let go of the guilt) of my own radically rebellious lack of routine posting.

    Your photos are stunning, as always - proclaimed ennui or not. So glad you'll be getting what you want for Thanksgiving. Have a joyous one.

    And yes, we are oh-so-lucky in California to have never-ending flowers. We mark the change in seasons by the type of bloom rather than the color of leaves.

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  17. I love seeing what you are creating whether you have time to write much or not. Your thoughtful well chosen words are worth waiting for.

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  18. loving the slowed down pace of this post....the simplicity of the pictures.....and coveting your milliners sign.....x

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  19. Hi there Amy....long time no speak as they say. Such a delight to check your blog after so many years have passed and to find your writing, photography, and take on the world still have that something that catches my breath. Someone new in your life...Michael. So happy for you. When I have a moment I hope to be able to see what you've been up to these last few years...I really hope your family is as I remember them, but time has a way of taking us by surprise.
    My best wishes to you as Christmas time approaches...stay well and happy. Your Austrtalian friend Whitedove x

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  20. always a pleasure finding one of your posts here. beautiful shots and i love your words.

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  21. These pictures are just a beauty! Keep on sharing, please!

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  22. Glad I checked your blog this morning! Your posts always bring a breath of fresh air. The vintage glass bottle with "Cream of FLOWERS" label on... perfection!

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  23. You capture the most beautiful photographs!

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  24. you could jaunt over to Australia! Lots of things to cut here. I hope all's well
    Jardine xo

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  25. Your photos are breathtaking. I can't remember the last time I was so moved by photographs. This home is everything I've always wanted. It brought a tear to my eye.

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