This is the first time I have worked since January of 2013; due to my heart valve problems and subsequent surgery. To say I had missed doing it misses the mark by leaps and bounds. I craved getting back into it. But three days full were enough to make me realize I am going to have to pack it in, so to speak. My age has caught up with me where working is concerned. I can no longer stand on my feet and work for hours, as I used to. It pains me to say that; but at 75 I must retire. But I will be forever grateful for the people who made it possible for me to arrange flowers and do weddings and Christmas decorating - it is the love of my work life - and I really hate giving it up. I suppose I will still make wreaths and silk arrangements from time to time - or fresh flowers when I have a need. From now on, I must rely on my memories of past weddings and Christmas decor, and what I have been allowed to do at our Governor's Mansion will remain among my favorite of all. This is my 13th or 14th year of doing it; I have been fortunate enough to work for 2 different florists there, and five different governors (both political parties). It is the best place in the city to work and I will certainly miss it in years to come. Now, here are the photos I have taken this year:
The gentlemen's parlour. Trustees do the
newel right, by Judy Carrino.
Foyer right, by Judy Carrino
Foyer left, by Pam Hartigan.
China closet top, by Pam Hartigan
Door wreaths, by Mel Day
Men's parlour mantel by Mel Day
Ladies' parlour tree with two volunteers
Library book case, by Pam Hartigan
Ladies' parlour mantel by Mel Day
I will post the rest another day - hope you enjoy seeing them.