What Type of Flower is Your Dad?
Sep06

What Type of Flower is Your Dad?

In every occasion, blossoms have always been present, so there should be no excuse for them to be missing on your father’s very special day. Gifts are only instruments to convey the real message of the giver. What other best way to express your love for your Dad, but through heartwarming flowers?

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Modern Day Parents – Total Respect!
Aug28

Modern Day Parents – Total Respect!

  Stale milk smell…puffy, red, bloodshot eyes… pallid skin the colour of a grey dawn – Yep – My friend is now a new Mummy! Despite the vision in front of me looking as though she would keel over from exhaustion, there was a glint in her eyes and her twist in her smile that said “This was all worth it!” Her husband,  dummy clenched in his mouth, running between kitchen and bathroom, simultaneously (allegedly!) working on heating up a bottle of milk whilst running a bath for  baby – shattered, but again the new “Daddy” exuded an aura of “ I wouldn’t change a thing”.  This, my dear readers is the start of “Parenthood”.   Let me just point out that I have yet to be “blessed” with the bliss of parenthood. I see children growing up way too fast these days! They make you laugh; they make you cry; they even make you want to hide in a cupboard and scream “What have I done to deserve this?”. There are many titles for these new Childhood developments: “Terrible Twos”, “Threenagers”, “F*#king Fours”, and the list goes on till they hit “The Rebellious Teenage Years” and the “Mooching Twenties”! But do you care?   Being a Parent is a fun, scary, emotional roller coaster of a ride, that no-one can predict.  Society, as a whole, has moved on from when I was a child. No longer is it accepted to threaten the Children to behave with a wooden spoon or a ruler. It’s now all about understanding...

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My woes of giving a perfect gift to my Dad!
Aug26

My woes of giving a perfect gift to my Dad!

It’s Father’s Day this coming 6th September and I am at a complete loss as to what gift to get my Dad! It’s the same every year! Only with Parents do you end up getting three gifts a year! Birthday, Mother’s/Father’s Day and Christmas!  Mums are easy – anything goes! Flowers, Perfume, Clothes, Food, Spa treatment, etcetera. The list is endless for Mothers! When I was younger, the classic Father’s Day gifts were Socks & Jocks, T-Shirts, Belts, Ties or Boxer Shorts. On the odd occasion whereby his Electric Razor was broken, (and that I’d saved enough from my pocket-money and scrounged the rest from my other sisters to make this a joint gift!) we’d get him something useful! There was no point in even wrapping the gifts as they were so obvious! Now that I am all grown up and working for a living, and my Dad having recently retired, I thought “This is my time to shine! This is when I can be inventive with my gifts!”. Little did I know that this was an even bigger task than I thought! Since retirement, my Dad has had very few hobbies. He likes to walk/go hiking, cooking and watch TV (mostly sport), sometimes read the odd classic book; but that’s about it! I tried to buy him hiking boots – he didn’t like the way they fitted (they’re still in a box under the staircase – because he is STILL a typical man and does not go back to shops to RETURN things! EVER!). I tried to buy him cookbooks – he said he likes to...

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Beautiful Gerberas Bring Cheer!
Jun17

Beautiful Gerberas Bring Cheer!

  An Overview of a Delightful Flower Since its discovery in a South African gold mining field slightly over a century ago, the Gerbera Jamesonii has contributed enormously to both gardens and floral arrangements. Sometimes called “the African Daisy” or “the Barberton Daisy” (in honour of the gold field outside Barberton, South Africa)” this vividly coloured perennial remains a popular gift item in floral bouquets. It represents just one attractive type of Gerbera. Today Gerberas come in many lovely forms. They rank fifth in popularity as a cut flower. You’ll find them in a pleasing variety of sizes and colours, including white, yellow, orange, red, light purple and even multi-coloured. The bright petals of this plant may appear slender and spiky, or rounder in shape; in some flowers, the blossom itself measures 7″ in diameter! Gerberas take their name from a man who did not discover them. However, he did contribute significantly to the world of flowers and botany. Dr. Traugott Gerber lived between 1710 and 1743, and for several years he helped manage a botanical garden in Russia. Today most of the 300 forms of Gerberas available on the flower market descend from just two cultivars: the Gerbera Jamesonii or the Gerbera vindfolia. People love to see these beautiful distant relatives of the Daisy, Sunflower and Aster families in floral arrangements and gift baskets. Their...

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Superheros Really Exist: Dads
Jun15

Superheros Really Exist: Dads

  Superheroes really do exist, and in everyday life we call them “Dads.” The contributions caring father make to the lives and well being of their children receives recognition in many locations around the world. Father’s Day In Australia, most people celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday in September. It’s a time of year to appreciate fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers and all of the joy they bring to our lives. September 6th, 2015 will find many of us sending a gift of roses to a beloved Dad this year. In other parts of the world, people designate different dates to honor fatherhood. For example, in the United States, the United Kingdom and many other countries, official Father’s Day festivities occur on the third Sunday in June. These types of celebrations share one thing in common; they offer everyone an opportunity to express gratitude for all the remarkable, heroic things Dads do in daily life. Sometimes these self-sacrificing actions do not always receive the attention they deserve. In fact, many dedicated, courageous Dads don’t even consider themselves remarkable. Father’s day offers the opportunity to express appreciation to these men who matter so much to us and to the community as a whole. A True Story to Share During Father’s Day One example of the significant positive impact fathers can make on the lives of their children emerged...

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Gift Ideas for Dad
Jun12

Gift Ideas for Dad

  Father’s Day is fast approaching in many countries, mainly in the Northern Hemisphere. Let us take a moment to think about our Dads – those special guys who taught us important life lessons we will remember forever. Selecting the perfect gift for your dad is a challenge as it needs to  show how much you appreciate and care for him. A pair of socks or a tie just doesn’t really work. Some standard options that come to mind are vintage whiskey, a BBQ utensil set, tools, kits for his favourite hobby and sports equipment. However, if Dad likes these items he would have probably chosen his own by now. More original ideas for the man who has everything might be event oriented, such as tickets to a game or show, a try-lesson to something he would like to try like windsurfing or hang gliding, or simply planning a family BBQ in the park. When you can’t be there for Father’s Day, a great option is to order online for direct delivery to Dad. While flowers may not have traditionally been for every Dad, in this modern day and age many will appreciate a bright selection of Gerberas, Carnations, Orchids or other fresh flowers. Ready Flowers offers a wide selection of Father’s Day flowers, plus a range of gifts including champagnes, wines and chocolates to turn his day into a celebration. Additionally, small gifts such as balloons and bears can be added so he has something in which he can look...

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