Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Surprise - 60 Days at Darvonda continues...

Here the Big Guy sets the scene to reveal the SURPRISE to Tamara in hopes a glass of WINE will soften the blow!

I purposely left y'all hanging with my last post, in case you didn't notice.  I decided that would be a cute little literary trick which you would appreciate for it's dramatic effect.  There is just nothing like a good story with a cliff hanger, is there?

So I guess you want to know WHAT surprise greeted us upon our return from Las Vegas as well as what is #2 on my list of what happened at Darvonda in the past 60 days.  So here it goes......

2.  We ran out of SPACE and had to rent MORE greenhouses!

Perhaps some of you are new to my blog and do not quite understand the significance of this SURPRISE.  Maybe even some of you are thinking to yourselves "What's the BIG DEAL about renting a couple of greenhouses Tamara? ".  If you are one of these people, let me fill you in on why this is a REALLY BIG DEAL.....


Please understand that building new greenhouses is a very big challenge.  Constructing 8 acres is an enormous feat to accomplish and it takes years of planning before you can even see a single truss go up.  So try to imagine my utter shock and awe upon hearing that our entire facility was full beyond capacity.......

and there were pictures to prove this astonishing reality!

I knew, of course, that things were looking a wee bit tight.  When we took photos for the upcoming DUMMEN Spring Catalogue in our new range, it was quite apparent that we had pretty much maxed out on floor space.

Mrs. Jansen and Mrs. Jansen Jr.

Every nook and cranny had some sort of pot or basket in it which made it difficult to find a good spot for the photo shoot.

Photo Credit Dragonflight Photography

I may be laughing in the photo but on the inside I was worried about how we were going to make it all work out this Spring.  Where do you put 100,000 hanging baskets when you only have space for 80,000?

Am I really THAT short?!

It's a good thing that we Jansen women are accustomed to dealing with NEW CHALLENGES and STRESSFUL SITUATIONS or we might just run off together to some exotic location and let the men deal with all the craziness that comes with being in our business!

So it came to be that Junior started driving around looking for empty greenhouses to rent which are close by our Head Office.  He found one just down the road......

in which we could place a whole lot of planter baskets.

Rental Greenhouse # 1

Then he went and found ANOTHER ONE where we stashed even more!

Rental Greenhouse #2
My personal favorite was the Second Rental greenhouse because it was a FUNKY JUNK paradise, what with old doo-dads and what-cha-ma-call-it's hanging from the rafters.

I am telling you, there is "gold in them thar hills!".  I just need time to mine through all those boxes to find the treasure.

These two extra greenhouses really helped us manage our over-flow product.  I have to give Junior all the credit for really pushing to find a solution for us.  The only other option would have been to hang another layer of baskets here.......

or squeeze more pots in HERE.....

or HERE.......

but that would have meant COMPROMISING QUALITY.  That's just too heart breaking to contemplate.

Now, the fact that we filled up ALL of our new ranges, old ranges and rental ranges brings me to my next great happening at Darvonda in the past 60 days.......

but you will need to wait for my next installment to find out all about it.

I'm not ashamed to tell you that this is just another cheap little writer's trick.  Leave 'em hangin' so they come back for more.  I learnt that in Literature 12 class from my favorite teacher, Mr. Koat.  However, blogging didn't exist back then so I never had the chance to truly show him my talent's full potential.  What a shame.

To be continued.

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One Response to “The Surprise - 60 Days at Darvonda continues...”

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I vote for the junk one myself! I mean, if I needed one and had a choice and all. :)

Great story telling!