I never enter competitions, I never buy lotto tickets - I always feel the odds are always too highly stacked against me for it to be worth the effort. So why I went against this habit for the Tallulah Rose competition must demonstrate the appeal of the prize. I mean, three days in an amazing location, being taught by one of the best in the business surrounded by beautiful flowers - that would be the jackpot for me! Sparkford Hall Wedding Flower Course Retreat? This Cinderella was up for it!
So 200 words or less on why it should be me? Let's see...........
I'm a flower grower and florist.
I spend time with dirt filled fingernails willing seedlings to grow, cursing slugs and rabbits and celebrating when I get the blooms.
I spend time tweeting, facebooking, instagramming - spreading the word of British flowers.
I spend time talking 'jam-jar weddings' to brides and juggling quotes because they're on a 'budget'
I spend time studying Pinterest pictures, deciphering how to deliver bride's dream weddings
I spend silly-o'clock mornings in all weathers cutting and conditioning flowers
I spend time marketing my business - on my own tight budget
I spend time convincing my husband its a viable business
I spend time doing this with two preschool boys
I spend time doing all of this because I absolutely love flowers with a passion.
What I do not spend time doing, what I've never spent time doing, is learning how to arrange show-stopping flowers in a spectacular house by one of the best and having portfolio pictures to show for it.
For the experience, the confidence, the reassurance from fellow florists and, honestly, for the reward and touch of glamour the course would give me - I would love to 'spend time' at Sparkford Hall.
and guess what? I only went and won it!!!
Sparkford Hall here I come......