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Who's been sleeping in my Green Fountain Pen's bed?!

The problem with the new covers we are stocking for our PLOOMS fountain pens,
 is that others seem to be muscling in on them!
Green PLOOMS fountain pen
Green PLOOMS fountain pen
 The covers are made from leather and fit one PLOOM perfectly. 
Pink PLOOMS fountain pen
Pink PLOOMS fountain pen
 They also fit a few other things too!
Pink PLOOMS fountain pen
Pink PLOOMS fountain pen & cover
 The are on are website and cost £10 
Free P&P
Orange PLOOMS fountain pen
Each PLOOMS fountain pen comes in a presentation box, a felt cover and 2 cartridges
 Each PLOOM comes with a hand-made felt cover (for daywear)
Purple PLOOMS fountain pen
Purple PLOOMS fountain pen
 But you can treat your PLOOM to a smart leather cover for special occasions!
Red PLOOMS fountain pen
Red PLOOMS fountain pen
In the meantime, my PLOOMS are struggling to get a look in!
Orange PLOOMS fountain pen
Orange PLOOMS fountain pen

This Pink PLOOMS fountain pen is thinking of you

If I have flowers and fountain pens, I am a happy woman. 
Pink PLOOMS fountain pen
Happy Pink PLOOMS fountain pen 
So a day spent working at Sprout & Flower 
on Valentine's Day was my kind of day.

It was an early start, and digging out my thermals and stumbling around
 the bedroom in the dark reminded me of my days running a flower shop in London.
 Do I miss it? Yes in some ways, but not that bit!
 What I do miss is the window a flower shop gives you get into a community. 
As a florist you are privileged to be a part of someone's life for a few moments.
 It may be a bride who is receiving flowers from her VERY excited husband to be, 
or a man who is buying flowers for his wife who has just had her last chemotherapy treatment. Or the  woman who is having flowers delivered to her husband who is a chef and working flat out this Valentine's Day.


My favourite and most poignant job though, was to tie numbered tags to a dozen red roses. The girls in the shop had worked out that the customer had been sending his wife roses for 61 years and they counted them up for him. He thought it would be fun to number them. Sadly his wife is very ill and we are not sure how many more he will be able to send her, but it made these Ruby Rose blooms particularly special.
Red PLOOMS fountain pen

During the morning I over heard a phone call from a customer called 'Billy' - for a moment I did think it might be my husband but the girls talked about this Billy and his wife like old friends, - their family and dogs. Which fooled me completely. As I was leaving I was about to buy some flowers and Sarah, who runs Sprout & Flower, said you don't need flowers. When I started to protest (of course I needed flowers!) she said "No, I mean you REALLY don't need flowers",  and handed me a huge bouquet of pink roses, tulips and astrantia from Billy.

Perfect end to a perfect day.

A Red PLOOMS fountain pen is falling in love

Valentine's Day is nearly here, so what can a red fountain
 pen do but write a love letter?!
PLOOM fountain pen
If you are sat with fountain pen in hand, but are struggling to find the
 right words, here are some of my favourite lines from some of the best
 poets to inspire you.
 I love thee, I love thee,
Tis all that I can say.
It is my vision in the night, 
My dreaming in the day.
Thomas Hood
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book, 
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes once had, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace, 
And loved your beauty false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
WB Yeats 

 John Boyle-O'Reilly
 Louis MacNeice
Robert Creeley
Still I love they without art
Ancient person of my heart.
John Wilmot
Red PLOOMS fountain pen
Red PLOOMS fountain pen
And after all that I have to confess, 
I have a bit of a crush on my red fountain pen!
Red PLOOMS fountain pen
Red PLOOMS fountain pen