Archive for June 2012

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.....

WE JUST FINISHED BUILDING 8 ACRES OF GREENHOUSES!

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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Friday, June 22, 2012

60 Days at Darvonda

Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas

JUNE 22........J - U - N - E ........T - W - E - N - T - Y....... S - E - C - O - N - D ??????  How can it already by JUNE?!

I am so ashamed.

I have not posted a single thing in the last 60 days.

Do you have any IDEA what all goes on in 60 days of Tamara's life?!  People, a whole lifetime of problems, obstacles, blessings and fun occurs in a mere 2 months when you are me. Frankly, it's getting a bit ridiculous.  However it does make for some lively blog posts once in a while when I finally find the time to write.

As Martha would say "That's a good thing."

So, here is a short list of the things I must soon post about before they become a distant memory in my aging mind, never to be recalled for the rest of my days.

Note:  Forgetting what I did last month, last week or even yesterday is an enormous problem in my line of work and I have an unfortunately poor memory.  I take a lot of photos to keep me grounded in my past.  Without the ability to look back on my old pictures and blog posts I'm like a woman living with a bad case of amnesia.  If any of my readers has a cure for such a troubling malady, please let me know.  Otherwise I may just have to hire a videographer to follow me around for the rest of my life to document my brilliant ideas in real time.


1.  Went to the Hardware Show in Las Vegas

How do I know that I went to the Hardware Show in Las Vegas you ask?  I know because I found the following photos on my cell phone:




I think we did a lot of walking down the Strip.




It also appears that we indulged in some wine along the way......





According to my pictures, we attended CARNIVAL at the VENETIAN HOTEL......



where we probably stopped for some wine but since I didn't take a photo, I don't remember.




We must have spent a good portion of time by the pool as well......


Tamara sitting poolside


I know that because these are my TOES and......




The Big Guy sitting poolside
and this is my husband.  We appear to be poolside.


It is also apparent that we attended the HARDWARE SHOW but due to the secretive nature of my employment in PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT for Darvonda Nurseries, I am not at liberty to share those photos of next year's container line.  You will just have to wait till they hit the shelves in Spring 2013.


However, I can confirm that we did eat quite a lot.  Apparently we had a pizza and wine for dinner one evening.....




and we had croquette and more wine on another excursion......




followed by chandelier gazing......




CHANDELIER GAZING......




fountain gazing......




and MORE FOUNTAIN GAZING!




It appears that we rounded out our trip to Las Vegas with some very serious garden gazing as well......




which tends to make me feel a bit of garden ENVY......




since I never have time to really do ANY gardening at my place!


According to the photo's which I downloaded, we left Las Vegas and returned to the beautiful British Columbia to find a surprise waiting for us ........


TO BE CONTINUED.


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