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Geoffrey Mottart – Inspiring Outdoor Installations

Many florists choose the industry as they have a natural creative ability and long to share that with the world. A lot of the time though like in any creative industry I suppose, working in commercial floristry can remove all sense of artistry and creativity in a bid to be profitable, efficient and also meet expectations. Think about it….when you see a picture of a fresh flower arrangement online and decide to order it….you expect it will look exactly the same. In a world of instant gratification, we have come to rely on seeing what we purchase immediately. Same Day flower delivery is incredibly convenient but will mean that on occasion, the flowers that are pictured will not be available. Trained floral designers are equipped to make suitable substitutions in order to fulfil your order requirements. This may mean changing the flowers yet keeping the same colour scheme, or this may mean the correct flowers can be used, but in different colour tones.

We often discuss the fact that florists work in a weather dependant industry, at the mercy of Mother Nature, and for the most part people do understand that sometimes things are beyond our control…..that is until it is their major event or wedding day…..then, well then, they can be a little less understanding.

So as an artist, what can you do when you want to get back to your creative roots and simply be inspired? Well, you could take a page out of Geoffroy Mottart’s book, and beautify your city.

No design brief, no budget, no particular date….basically just show up and create whatever you want, when you want. Be inspired.

He is not the first artist to bring his projects into the public domain, but I think you will agree, that his designs are both beautiful and eye catching.

Léopold II decorated with a beautiful floral beard, moustache and head piece
Léopold II decorated with a beautiful floral beard, moustache and head piece
A stunning statue of the female l form complete with headpiece and accessories by Geoffroy Mottart
A stunning statue of the female form complete with headpiece and accessories by Geoffroy Mottart
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The back view of the same statue
Brightly colour floral head pieces are available to order
I love Mottart’s use of bright warm colour tones to reinvigorate this drab figure with his matching headpiece and ‘tache.

Geoffroy adorns famous statues and monuments with floral arrangements which transform them from drab to fab. The infusion of colour immediately draws your eye to these monuments which unlikely garner the same level of attention and admiration ordinarily, despite their historical significance.

I love the avante garde floral beards and flower crowns that Mottart often uses to decorate the statues. He uses a variety of materials, both fresh and dried to create the installations.

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Mottart decorates spaces as well as faces like this example, using branches that weave in and around the space and encourage curiosity and investigation.
Stunning cap created from fresh flowers
Another beautiful headpiece by Geoffroy Mottart
Fresh floral headpieces available for order
The gorgeous childlike figure is decorated with a floral wig by Mottart

For creative spirits, being inspired is essential to feeling fulfilled. Inspiration can, and does come in many forms….trick is to live in the moment and truly see what is going on around you.

Fwf x

 

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What if you missed out on Valentine’s Day?

So Valentine’s Day has been and gone for another year, but believe it or not, a florists work is still not done.

Some people will have arrived home to a pretty unimpressed partner, angry or disappointed that they were not remembered on the day of love. What does that say, they think? How does that look, they ask.

So in a quest to right any wrongs, February 15th can quickly turn into another busy day. But on February 15th, things tend to return to normal. The flower shop will be stocked with a wide variety of stock, perhaps just not as full to the brim as in the days preceding.

Many florists have perfected their ordering systems, using a combination of examining previous figures and forecasting their needs based on pre-orders as Valentine’s Day approaches. This is great news for everyone as it means there is less wastage and that the stock is fresh post Valentine’s Day too. What it may mean however is that red roses are not as readily available. After all, if you were a rose grower, would you prefer to sell your roses at premium prices leading up to the day of love, or cut prices once the day has been and gone? Growers plant their roses with the hope that they will be perfectly timed with Valentine’s Day. Stock that blooms perfectly the week after could have devastating consequences for our local growers.

If you are one of the people who needs to order flowers for a loved one on February 15, use it as a real opportunity. What do I mean?

Instead of just going ahead and getting the red roses you were supposed to get, choose something totally unique, and something totally beautiful. Given that we are still enjoying the heat of summer and all that comes with it why not consider something that is unique to this time of year?

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Garden roses are gorgeous

Garden roses are a rose of course, but rather than being grown for their perfect head, or the length of their stem, garden roses are perfectly imperfect and have a scent that is unforgettable.

Garden roses will truly open up, revealing the gorgeous centre of the bloom, with gorgeous prickly foliage running up and down the stem. They will evoke all 5 senses. Believe it or not, the scent is so intense, you can taste it!

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Pretty Proteas are endemic to South Africa so enjoy our warm climate

If you are looking for an alternative to roses (and perhaps intentionally avoided buying them on Valentine’s Day) you could consider blooms that will handle the heat with ease. Tropical blooms are made for these conditions as are many native flowers.

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Send Flowers to your Loved One on Valentine’s Day with Some of the Best Flower Delivery Services in Sydney

The, “day of hearts”, is that time in a year when people can eagerly show their loved ones how much they care — something that you may not have given much thought to for most of the year. Most people would agree that there is no better way to do just that than to send your beloved Valentine’s Day flowers in Sydney.

Whether you are near or currently apart from each other, there is no reason for you to pass up the opportunity to make your beloved feel special on Valentine’s Day. Nowadays, you can get in touch with a florist in Sydney over the Internet and arrange for delivery no matter where you are in the country. You do not even have to leave the house or go out of your way as you can make the necessary arrangements online and have the flowers delivered to your preferred address. In doing so, you show your beloved how much you care and that you have not forgotten to make them feel like they are on top of the world.

What to expect when ordering flowers from a Sydney florist online

Keep in mind that Valentine’s day is perhaps the most hectic day for florists and flower delivery services, as they have a rush of orders to fulfill. That is hardly surprising as just about everyone is looking to send flowers to people they care about. You can expect a reputable florist to help you pick out the right colours for your loved one and have them delivered on time. Some even offer free flower delivery services and discounts for a particular purchase amount.

Of course, you also have an essential part to play if you want to make sure that the day goes smoothly. Knowing that it is going to be a bustling day for florists all over the country, you would want to place your orders and make arrangements several days in advance. Failure to do so might bring disappointment and embarrassment on the day as the flowers you need may no longer be available.

To ensure successful and timely delivery, make sure that you provide all the necessary details which include among other things, the full name of the recipient, delivery address and contact information. Moreover, you would want to make sure that you verify and pay for your order several days in advance.

 

Are you ready to get started with a reliable florist with a proven track record of delivering Valentine’s Day flowers on time and at reasonable costs? You can expect no less out of “Florist with Flowers”! Check out our Valentines Selection online or call us today on 02 9871 1666 for any questions or concerns.

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Communicate Your Affection this Valentine’s Day with Roses Delivery in Sydney

In case you have not noticed, this year’s, “day of hearts”, falls on a Wednesday which is the middle of the week.  There is not much time to make arrangements and most people find that they have to go out of their way just to make sure that they get flowers for their loved ones. Fortunately, that does not have to be the case with the help of some of the best flower delivery services in Sydney!

Not only is it convenient, discounts and roses only promo codes are plentiful at this time of the year.  You should have no trouble finding some great deals out there. A good florist might even give you ideas and insights on what roses you should choose to express your feelings and intentions.

Your options for Valentine’s Day roses

You might be wondering — what flowers should you get for your beloved? You may not have thought about it, but choosing the right ones can be difficult especially when your florist has a ton of options available. In any case, you can never go wrong with roses when making arrangements for Valentine’s Day Delivery in Sydney, but have you considered what colours to get and what they mean? This knowledge can help you strike a romantic dinner conversation later that night and shows that you have put much effort into the act.

So what do the different colours of roses mean?

  • Red roses have long been a symbol of passionate love and romance. There is no better way to say “I love you” than a bouquet of red roses.
  • Pink roses signify happiness and contentment. You can use these roses to tell your partner that you are happy with your relationship.
  • White roses represent sincerity and honesty. You can combine them with red roses to express that your love is true — a good message to send this Valentines.
  • Lavender roses express that you are falling in love or you have fallen in love with the person.
  • Orange roses represent a strong desire. You can send these roses as a symbol that you are eager to get to know the person better.
  • Blue roses are remarkably rare and can be used to symbolise mystery and uniqueness or rarity.

If you want to be creative, you can combine the colour of the roses to send a heartfelt message to your loved one. For example, red and white roses can be a symbol of your affinity and union with the person as well as your desire to be always together. Orange and lavender roses can be your way of saying that you are falling in love with the girl and that you wish to know her better. You can also buy a dozen roses with one in the centre being a different colour to say that you think she is unique and that you adore her because of it.

 

Are you ready to get started with a reputable florist who can help you put together the perfect Valentine’s day message and you can rely on to deliver your flowers on that particular day? You can expect no less out of “Florist with Flowers”! Check out our Valentine’s Day selections online or phone us today on 02 9871 1666!

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A Good Look at the Advantages of Same Day Flower Delivery in Sydney

If you are looking to get inexpensive flowers delivered, then same day flower delivery service is probably not one of the first things that may come to mind. However, such services undoubtedly have their merits and do not necessarily cost a lot more than ordering your flowers in advance and have them delivered at a later date (although availability can be an issue).

Of course, there are many circumstances wherein same day flower delivery services can prove incredibly helpful. Let us say you are in a situation where you forgot to get Valentine’s Day flowers in Sydney and do not want to deal with the fallout. Perhaps you have work on that day and going out of your way to buy and deliver the flowers yourself is out of the question. There is no need to fret — it is still possible to send flowers to your beloved that very same day despite waiting for the last minute to do so.

What can some of the best flower delivery services in Australia do for you?

Many of the most reputable florists in the country cater to people looking to make arrangements for flower delivery the same day through some form of rapid online order processing system. Hence there is hardly any reason to fail to send flowers to your loved ones on Valentines Day or any equally significant occasion such as birthdays and anniversaries. The services of reputable florists online make life convenient and can help make things right for you and your loved one. As long as they have the flowers in stock and you make it to the cut off time (usually 3 or 4 pm), you can expect your florist to do what they can to make it happen.

Of course, there are a couple of things that you need to keep in mind before making arrangements for same day flower delivery service.  For one thing, you may want to make sure that your review the delivery charges. In some cases, people may qualify for free delivery services from their florist for a particular order amount, or if the delivery address is nearby. In any case, a reputable florist ought to have the pertinent information on their website so that customers are made aware of any additional charges relevant to the service.

 

Do not feel bad about forgetting or waiting until the last minute to send flowers to your beloved — these things can happen and it does not necessarily mean you care less. It would make better sense to focus your time and energy looking for ways to rectify the situation. We at “Florist with Flowers” can help you do just that! Phone us today on 02 9871 1666 or check out our excellent selection of beautiful flowers online, fit for any occasion.

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Loving Valentine’s Day

Although the concept of Valentine’s Day is to ensure people feel loved, it is sometimes impossible to get caught up in comparing how much you are loved when you look at what others are sending or receiving.

Like much of our lives these days, our Valentine’s Day gifts are yet another opportunity to show others how well we are doing, or how much we are admired…As a result, sometimes Valentine’s Day can be a bit of a downer for some. Valentine’s Day can be both a day of celebration and a day of commiseration, a day full of hope, and a day full of disappointment.  BUT Valentine’s Day does provide the perfect opportunity to let those around you know that you love them, romantically, or otherwise.

Florist with Flowers is creating and delivering bouquets of 50 or 100 fresh red roses
Florist with Flowers is creating and delivering bouquets of 50 or 100 fresh red roses

Whether you are able to send a single rose, or 100 roses to the object of your affection, remember that the mere fact that you have taken the time to organise your flower delivery will win you points. Write a heartfelt card message to accompany your fresh flowers, BONUS POINTS to you!!! If you have booked a favourite restaurant, a special place for you as a couple, or created a menu that you will execute in the kitchen yourself…well, you are going to have a hard time topping this next year  🤣 Pace yourself!

A single rose- a classic Valentine's Day delivery
A single rose- a classic Valentine’s Day delivery

We’ve created a Valentine’s Day menu that has something for everyone. All the Floral arrangements are available for delivery throughout our local Carlingford area as well as Greater Sydney. We offer a range of gifts from simple boxed single roses, to elaborate floral arrangements of long stemmed red roses, or mixed flowers too.

High School aged children often like to organise single flowers for their circle of friends, and in this case, we would recommend something bright and fun rather than a rose- perhaps a gerbera?

Arrangement of long stemmed red roses in a ceramic pot delivered by local Sydney florist
Arrangement of long stemmed red roses in a ceramic pot delivered by local Sydney florist

In my experience, people don’t struggle too much with choosing flowers on Valentine’s Day. There is a level of expectation that they will get red roses in some form or another. IF their partner has let it be known that red roses are not going to cut it, then they are also pretty sure on what will. The area most people have difficulty with is those all important heartfelt messages written inside the card. You are not alone if you are struggling to find the words you need to express yourself. For this reason, we have previously written a blog post with some inspiration for your card messages – click here to check it out 

Remember, if you have something special in mind, do not hesitate to speak to one of our floral designers on the phone on 02 9871 1666 or come in store and put something together with us.

Fwf x

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Our 5 Tips For Getting Flowers Delivered on Valentine’s Day

I can hardly believe that we have already finished the first month of the new year already. And every florist in the world knows that means one thing….Valentine’s day is less than a fortnight away. Yikes!

Classic presentation box of a dozen long stemmed roses by Florist with Flowers
A presentation box of a dozen long stemmed roses is a classic Valentine’s Day gift by Florist with Flowers

If you don’t live under a rock, you would know that February = Valentine’s Day. And whether you celebrate or commiserate on February 14th, one question remains, who doesn’t love the feeling of being loved?

Now, there are certainly some hurdles in the quest to find love….BUT we want to ensure that ordering flowers for your beloved isn’t one of them.

Here are our 5 tips to get you on the right track for lurve 😍

  1. Provide the correct address.

Sounds simple right, but believe it or not, this is where most problems occur. Provide your florist with the correct company name, and full street address, including the unit or suite number, and even the floor that the recipient works on. While the courier may not be able to hand deliver in some buildings for security reasons, this will ensure the flower delivery is made in a timely fashion internally.

Similarly, home address deliveries will require street names, numbers and apartment numbers if applicable. Do not provide descriptions of how to get there in lieu of this information.

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Florist with Flowers will be making deliveries all day on Valentine’s Day. Please ensure you provide the recipients full name and address to ensure the arrangement ends up in the right hands.

2. Provide the recipients full name

Again, this probably sounds obvious but on many occasions, secret admirers do not have the correct details for their delivery. This results in deliveries being left unclaimed or returned. First names alone are usually not adequate either if you are delivering to a business. If you want to make someone feel special make sure you have all their details so we can make sure our gorgeous arrangement ends up in the right hands. Alternatively, have you thought about hand delivering something yourself? Sure, it requires some bravery, but what a great way to start a conversation with the object of your affection.

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Single red roses are an incredibly romantic gesture, especially if you are admiring someone from afar.

3. Be realistic with your expectations on delivery times

We understand that your delivery is the most important delivery to you, but please understand that every single customer feels this way…on everyday of the year. The difference with Valentine’s Day is that we have such a high volume of orders that our delivery runs have to be organised in a logical fashion. For this reason we are unable to promise specific time frames. What we can do is ensure all business deliveries are made within business hours (9am-5pm) and home deliveries will be made throughout the whole day according to area/region. As your local Carlingford Florist we will be organising several delivery runs in the area, but will also deliver flowers throughout Greater Sydney. We can also assist with interstate and international flower deliveries.

4. Be guided by your professional florist

There is nothing like fresh roses on Valentine’s Day, however if you are concerned about the longevity of your blooms, or want something a bit different, talk to your florist. Tropical blooms are a unique choice but will last well in hot and humid conditions as will native blooms.

Don’t want to send red roses as you feel like that may make too big of a statement? Did you know that different colours of roses symbolises different feelings? Your florist will be able to guide you in the best way to express yourself using the language of flowers.

Try ordering something unique and long lasting for Valentine's Day
Try ordering something unique and long lasting this Valentine’s Day like our Arrangement of Pink Charming flowers

5. Order online or in store ahead of time.

Ordering two weeks in advance will not guarantee you a 7am delivery with bonus singing telegram, however it will ensure you will avoid disappointment by missing our delivery cut offs. We have extra drivers on for the large volume of deliveries however they still have their limitations. For this reason we do have to restrict the amount of deliveries we take on to ensure we can complete our service.

Why not check out our Valentine’s Day menu now, and tick flowers ✅ off your list straight away? You can check it out here.

Fwf x

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Gorgeous Summer Flowers – Add Pineapple Lilies to Your Floral Arrangements NOW!

If you want to create an instantly eye catching, dramatic and long lasting arrangement throughout summer, here’s a hot tip…

Pineapple Lilies.

Never heard of them? You are probably not alone…these striking bulb plants have not always been a popular cut flower, although I do not know why. Aside from being aesthetically beautiful, they prove to be amazing value as they are reasonably priced AND long lasting. Pineapple lilies can give you WEEKS of viewing pleasure!

Pineapple Lilies (which are not at all related to Pineapple fruit plants) are a seriously interesting addition to your flower arrangements. Pineapple Lilies (Eucomis) are like a floral representation of the tropical fruit, a long central stem with miniature flowers closely clustered together beneath a leafy top. They are a bulb plant, native to South Africa, and as they are endemic to a similar climate to Australia’s growing conditions, they grow well here and make a fantastic cut flower.

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Image; Gorgeous close up picture of the Pineapple lilies flowers via Top Tropicals
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Image; Pineapple lilies are available in a variety of colour tones like this gorgeous specimen via Easy to Grow Bulbs

Pineapple lilies come in a variety of colours including a white and green variety that works well within neutral colour schemes as well as bright colour schemes. They also come in a gorgeous burgundy variety which looks absolutely divine with rich and romantic colour tones (think pinks, reds, chocolate, plums, purples etc…) While some varieties are harder to come by commercially as a cut flower, the varieties that are available are very versatile.

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Image; Pineapple lilies come in stunning rich tones too, like this plum bloom via Longfield Gardens
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Image; Pineapple lilies make fantastic pot plant too like this example via  Longfield Gardens

These flowers can also be allowed to ‘go to seed’ before being cut which means that the centre of the bloom is allowed to become enlarged and firm. It gives the bloom a unique look, and the cut flower still last extremely well. This is one way that growers get creative, essentially creating a new line that may allow them to build on their business by extending the plant season (cutting the crop later than usual) or attracting new customers (by offering something totally unique). It also gives florists different textures to work with, allowing us to be more inspired when we create floral arrangements.

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Image; This pineapple lily has gone to seed, resulting in a plump berry like centre to each bloom via Top Tropicals

Pineapple lilies are grown locally which is beneficial because the cut flowers have not spent extended periods of time out of water or in unfavorable transit conditions. Buying local ensures you know the age of the produce, the conditions that they have been grown in and also provides jobs in the community.

Our staff are very knowledgeable, so ask us what flowers are grown locally if you want to continue supporting small business. By choosing this Carlingford Florist for flowers for home or deliveries throughout Sydney you are supporting a family business that actually care about it’s customers, and cares about it’s community.

Fwf x

 

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What You Need to Know about Buying Roses in Sydney Online for Valentines Day

Most people would agree that everyone loves flowers and more so during Valentine’s day. You would want to make to make a good impression on your loved ones and what better way to express your affection than to send them a bouquet of roses? You will find that most people are delighted to receive them and you don’t even have to visit a florist, thanks to online shopping.. How is this so?

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Only Roses will do on Valentine’s day

Roses have long become symbolic for people looking to celebrate love on Valentines Day. Hence it is essential to find a florist who can offer you the right bouquet of roses. Classic red roses are universally seen as a passionate symbol of love. White roses, on the other hand, instil purity while yellow roses signify gentleness and affection.

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Where to buy your roses?

The fastest and easiest way to buy roses is on the Internet. You can not only look for a competitive price but it’s convenient as well. There are florists from all over the country eager to provide you with quality flower bouquets and arrangements at reasonable costs. Not to mention the added convenience of getting what you need online.

Of course, roses tend to be expensive when Valentines is just around the corner, so it is a good idea to pay and reserve your flowers well in advance. You can also make use of rose only promo codes whenever available and opt for a reputable florist near the area of your intended recipient.

Are you looking to buy roses and arrange for flower delivery with a proven and highly reputable florist? You can expect no less out of “Florist with Flowers”! Check out our fine selection of roses online or phone us today on 02 9871 1666 for any inquiries or concerns you might have.

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Taste of Summer – Pineapples

In winter, I like things cosy; warm lighting, textured fabrics, and throws, rich colour tones. Autumn calls for warm, rustic tones and layering, and Spring with it’s new growth sprouting, beckons for fresh, light colour tones, light layers and bright open spaces.

For me, Summer has a different feeling….or flavour if you like. Australian summers can be anything from hot and dry, to wet and sticky….but regardless, the longer days call us outside and give us a special kind of motivation.

Summer fruit bowls are full of colour and offer so much vareiety; lychees, melons, grapes, mangoes and pineapples….just to name a few.

Did you know that the pineapple is part of the bromeliaceae family? In fact, the pineapple is the only bromeliad that is a commercially important food. Most other bromeliads are popular as ornamental plants, whether grown in a garden or kept as a indoor house plant. The popular tropical fruit is the single most economically significant bromeliad. Pineapples can be enjoyed raw, cooked or juiced, and ornamental pineapples are just as versatile.

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If the latest news is anything to go by, this year has been a bumper year for pineapple production, so much so, that hundreds of tonnes of the fruit were left to rot in North Queensland. Like all fresh grown produce, timing your crop is especially important. This year however, due to higher temperatures and early rain, the glut in supply coincided with the Golden Circle cannery’s annual holiday closure period. Ouch…They warn that this will affect the availability of Australian canned pineapple in the months to come.

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Image: Bakker

For florists, Pineapples provide an interesting textured focal. Ornamental pineapples can create an exotic, and glamorous display paired with other tropical blooms or simple foliage. They can be the traditional green and gold varieties, and also come with a beautiful pink blush to them with rich burgundy foliage. This makes the creative possibilities almost endless!!! Fruit has been used within flower arrangements for an eternity, that is nothing new, but the way we use materials these days differs. If you are aiming to create tropical themed nuptials, the humble pineapple could certainly provide a dramatic answer, check out some of the inspiration below!

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I love the way the pineapples have been used in the tablescape above.  It is the kind of idea that can be easily adapted for use at home or parties, and the best thing about it is it can be enjoyed later too!

But, if fruit in your flower arrangements really isn’t your thing, you can always combine your pineapple with a touch of white rum, coconut milk, ice and a fancy paper umbrella for the true taste of summer! 🍹 🍍 🌴  It’d be a shame for any more of these glorious specimans to go to waste… 😂

Fwf x

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