|Mitch, Julie and I at work|
This job we carried out last week in Poole was notable for several key reasons, and certainly quite memorable for all involved.
First it was a private house owned by a Dutch couple, whose other house - amusingly - is very close to where the plants and pots came from in Holland. Most of Stewarts' clients are businesses. In one of the pics you can see the dog, happily snoozing as we work round them.
Second, while we take photos of the finished product, rarely is the client snapping away as we work, meaning we have a great pictorial record of the work.
Third, as can be seen in the image to the left of Sandra and I working on the lovely balcony, the weather was somewhat against us!
Fourth, it was a four-storey house with no lift, so everything had to be carried in. For this balcony, the pots, plants and six large bags of compost had to be carried all the way to the top floor.
Fifth, as you can see the pots are very unusual. I go on about how most of our pots are made from fibreglass and painted in the colour of your choice. Not these "Mussel Shell" pots, which are formed from a mosaic of mother-of-pearl pieces glued onto a mould. They look fantastic, and at a not-unexpected price premium.
|Sandra poses with her handiwork|
Finally, as a consequence of all this complexity, it was a job that involved four of us in two vans, and consequently had a nice 'team effort' feeling to it. Though I think we all agreed we were a tired team at the end.
I put a lot of planning in to making it run smoothly, but it wouldn't have gone as well without the professionalism of Sandra, Mitch and Julie to help me out.
I'll let the rest of the pictures do the talking.
|The whole team at the end!|
|Trying to take a photo in a gale!|
|The completed rubber plant|
|One of the floor bowls|