Once a week I co-host a radio show on my home town’s community radio station, Calon FM (Calon means Heart in Welsh). Our show is called Chat & That, it’s on Mondays 6-8pm. This week we discuss my favourite book “Hope For The Flowers" By Trina Paulus. We also laugh a lot, play great music and do our very best not to swear.
I’m DJing again tonight, this time at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester. It’s a great bar, right on the canal, a gorgeous place to hang out. On Fridays at Telford’s there’s usually a band on at around 10.30pm. Tonight the band are Canterbury's Cocos Lovers, a band I’ve seen many times on my travels and one of my favourites. It’s a rarity for them to come so far north to play and a total bonus that I get to DJ at their show. Can’t wait for tonight. See you there.
I’m a DJ, well, I’m a glorified Jukebox really. I’ve got good taste in music and I can play one tune after another with reasonable elegance. I’m telling you this because my mate Steve and I have started a new club night in the basement of The Cellar Bar in Chester, and the launch is tonight, Friday the 13th, and it’s a full moon too.
I’ve been broadening my musical horizons so as to be in top form for the occasion and on my internet travels I discovered this little gem by Kate Tempest. And I cannot stop listening to it.
More music to come. Stay tuned.
Two days after my birthday and two days before Christmas, I made wedding flowers for Hannah & Ben, I remember the day so clearly, it was absolutely pissing down. My mum was home for Christmas so I popped round to her place so she could join in and give me advice. I scrumped three types of foliage from her garden; Variegated Holly, Ivy and Spruce. I had bought Roses, Eryngium and Leucadendron. I only had to make Hannah a bouquet and Ben a buttonhole and they put themselves together really, beautiful flowers do that. The difficulty came when it was time to deliver them. I had arranged to meet them at the Registry Office in town and I had a good twenty minutes before my deadline. Dad agreed to give me a lift, it was when we got in the car that the trouble began. It was the 23rd of December, it was raining heavily, everyone who was finishing their shopping had chosen to drive into town and the traffic just wasn’t moving. In the end I had to leave the car a few streets from the venue with only minutes to spare and make a run for it. When I got there, soaked, Hannah was looking round as if something was missing and when she saw me her look of panic subsided. I wasn’t late, I was exactly on time, she re-assured me. I gave Hannah her bouquet and attached Ben’s buttonhole to his lapel and they disappeared up the stairs to get married. They looked really beautiful, Hannah, Ben and the flowers. Phew, that was a close one.
The flowers had to be Christmassy, it was Christmas time and it’s good to stick with what’s in season but red being the most Christmassy of all the colours, prices on good quality red roses went through the roof, these Naomi Roses were £5 each! Per stem! That’s a lot but it’s not unusual at all for flower prices to fluctuate at busy times of year and it’s not the fault of the florist either; if everyone in the world wants red roses because it’s Christmas or Valentines for that matter, it drives the price up. It’s called supply and demand.
It’s worth mentioning that I only spent £25 on these flowers, which is a bargain especially considering the time of year. I was rewarded for my efforts with a stocking full of little gifts, which included things like really posh soaps, guitar strings and a harmonica, which actually turned out to be the most thoughtful gifts I received that year. I was really touched and so glad they’d asked me to help out. Thank you Mr & Mrs Candy!
I’m sure flowers can seem like a pointless artefact sometimes but it really doesn’t cost much to make something simple yet effective and really, very beautiful.
I’d like to tell you about a project that is happening in my home town, Incredible Edible “An informal network of self-organising individuals and groups who are creating spaces in Wrecsam where food is grown for anyone to access freely”
They were given access to a large flower bed on the edge of the town centre where the council usually plant hardy shrubs once in a blue moon, and planted a edible garden for the public to learn from and enjoy.
The transformation has been marvellous to watch and at this time of year it is in full bloom. Do you have an Incredible Edible garden where you live?
Read Wrecsam’s story here on their blog.