We love our job!
Each season we are invited to lots of events all over East Anglia - one of our favourites this summer was The Ely Cathedral Flower Festival. It was the first such event in the cathedral for fifteen years, over the four days attracted just under 20,000 visitors and was AMAZING!
The exhibits were designed by East Anglian designer Roger Woolnough - a gold medal winner both at Chelsea and Hampton Court and more than 220 arrangers from 38 clubs spent a year planning and executing the arrangements which depicted the creation of the world.
Follow this link to find some amazing photos of the event.
As one of the stands in The Shopping Area we were lucky enough to have our own 'almost' private viewing as we were allowed into the cathedral in the early morning when the flowers were being watered.
Socially the festival was fantastic too as we caught up with lots friends and customers - many of which were in some way involved in the festival. Artichoke Girls are not only (well dressed) pretty faces you know. Some are highly talented flower arrangers, others have incredible organisational skills and all are ready to live life to the full.
An unexpected pleasure at the festival was meeting Denise Barnes and her friend Gill who had travelled by steam train from kent with Cathedrals Express for the day. As you can see they entered into the spirit of the journey and their vintage look was fab.
I have found out since that Denise is a writer and you can out more about her and her adventures at her website