flowers + a tv interview!

26.2.12

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Yes indeed! I introduced a bit of summer to winter, an I think they are getting on. There are flowers everywhere in our workshop, mostly on top of the huge stone well in the middle. Some of these are the same as the ones from my wedding in fact. I love the clematis the best.

In other news, Nao has been interview for a Japanese TV program about the tsunami. If you've been reading my blog long enough, you'll know what happened to Nao's hometown in Miyagi Provence in the Tsunami of last year. To cut a long story short, because Nao uses twitter {a lot!} the mayor of Tokyo happened to respond to his twitter stating that his mum {along with a number of children} were stranded on top of the roof of the town hall. Amazingly the mayor dispatched a rescue helicopter in the morning to rescue them from the stricken town which was now engulfed by fire from the fuel tanks that had leaked from the ships. Its quite a modern wonder, how technology had made it possible to communicate to the other side of the world in emergency situations. We discovered that the rescue had happened when we google image searched for rescue in Kesennuma, and there was the helicopter plucking people to safety, what a relief!!

The TV reporters also talked to Nao about the £11000 we managed to raise via our jewellery company RUST. We made little silver necklaces stamped with the sakura {cherry blossom} symbol and 100% of the sale price and 30% of all Japanese online sales went to help rebuild the school for Autistic children that was swept away by the sea. Nao's Mum is the principle of the school, and the rebuild has already begun, with the brilliant help of Unicef.

So there you go, a funny old day it was yesterday! they even interviewed me, which was very embarrassing and I'm sure they wont use it ; ) Nao's mum has already been interviewed for the same documentary over in Kesennuma...I hope I can show you it when it has been broad casted next month I think.

Wo, I crammed alot it to this post, i hope it made sense?? Today the sun is shining, and we are going out to explore a hidden garden just down the road from us that we never knew about, cool!

Thanks for bearing with my blogging absence, we are so busy at work {which is good} and never get the chance to download my photos : ( xxx

32 comments:

  1. Well done on the amount you raised, that's brilliant.

    And now TV stars too! Good on ya.

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  2. Such beautiful ethereal photos. Well done on the fund raising, hope we get to see the documentary.

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  3. Fantastic effort from the both of you. I hope Nao's family,friends and community are coping ok, since the tragedy. Hopefully the documentary will be screened here in Australia.

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  4. Those pictures feels like a massive energy injection! The glorious scent of summer is literally seeping through the screen :)
    And what an amazing, inspiring story!! Totally made my day reading it. Thanks!

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  5. What a wonderful story, and what a fantastic achievement that you raised all that money. Are the little silver necklaces still on sale at Rust?

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  6. That is such a heartwarming story. I definitely wanna see the segment when it comes out!

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  7. Sarah26.2.12

    Hello Artémis!
    Thank you for this update on Kesenuma. I wear my sakura necklace everyday and I am glad I could contribute a little bit to the relief effort you and Nao organised. It is great to hear that the school is being rebuilt!I wish everybody in Tohoku well.
    Sarah (the potter)

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  8. A beautiful story! (I haven't been following you that long, so I hadn't heard it before.)

    The flowers are lovely! Hopefully spring will arrive soon!!

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  9. What a wonderful story! It makes us smile that the world can care and help from so far away.

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  10. Wow!! Sooo uplifting to read your words....Could smell those blooms too...This is when technology excells itself....xxxxLove reading your blog...

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  11. Wow you raised an amazing amount. glad you are so busy but we do miss your blgging. was doing a little sorting out of our camping stiff today & thought of you and the beautiful images you post when you go camping x

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  12. What an amazing story. And beautiful photographs of the flowers. Definitely one of my favourite posts.

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  13. Congratulations for your success for helping to tsunami affected children. And, maybe you can leave us some Plimsoll photos when you're away from the blog. Bests.

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  14. Brilliant fundraising and an amazing story. By the way loving the flower display!

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  15. That's an amazing amount of money you raised... and so good to hear that the school's rebuild is happening. Hope Nao wasn't too nervy – know I would be x p.s. love the flowers... the little daisy ones are so summery!

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  16. Well it's great to have you back! xx

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  17. You guys were amazing in the way you helped, I'd love to see the interview if you have a link to it after :-)

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  18. That really is an inspiring story..life is more fascinating than fiction and well done for raising so much money for the school...it warms my heart to have read this:)

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  19. Anonymous27.2.12

    Hi Artemis!

    I have been following your blog for some time now and Im never the kind to really leave comments or invade people's privacy, but I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your posts. Your creativity has inspired me so many times, and driven me to explore and express more of my own creativity!

    I am especially touched by this post; my husband and I are both doctors in South Africa and we work with a lot of poverty. We have big hearts for giving and blessing, and I just want to say well done for the money you raised and the time you put into it!* I know that you are a modest person, so thank you for posting this as I believe it will inspire many others to make a change on other people's lives.

    Wanted to ask you- what is the name of the big soft cream coloured flowers in the picture with you in the store? (They are in the foreground of the picture).

    Lots of warm South African cheer and greetings!
    Barbara

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  20. well done! so glad you are busy!

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  21. What a lovely, lovely post. I've only recently discovered your blog, so I was sad when you took a little break. You returned in a beautiful way. The tiny spring blossoms made my heart sing (we'll be under snow for a few more months here in the Idaho mountains in the U.S.) and your contribution to post tsunami rebuilding ismagnificent. You and Nao are a creative, compassionate, beautiful couple. The world needs more of you.

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  22. Great pictures. Flowers is a love affair...!

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  24. An amazing fund raising effort guys, well done! I wish Nao's mum and all those involved in the school rebuild the very best. The shop is looking gorgeous by the way - loving the spring flowers! Jx

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  25. what a lovely story! good happens. your flowers warm my winter heart along with the notion that karma does indeed exist.
    you are both wonderful!
    x

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  26. Gosh what an incredible amount you raised, just two of you - amazing! Well done, look forward to seeing some of the rebuild.

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  27. Anonymous27.2.12

    I love reading your Blog, and I wish Nao's family all the best out in Japan. And well done for raising so much money for a worthy cause!

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  28. What lovely flowers and the cute, little china teacups - darling! :) I can't wait to see the documentary. It's always nice to see people using their wonderful talent for good!

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  29. That's a really incredible story. I'd love to see the interview. And those flowers are so, so beautiful.

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  30. That is an amazing and quite wonderful story. I hope the documentary comes to Australia too. Congratulations to you all for accomplishing such positive work.

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  31. highlight of my day today! aren't little flowers just the best?

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  32. Many well done's for the sum you raised for the school. It's truly admirable.

    My mum, Oi Nuen Sprunt, is having an exhibition this coming week (March 12 - 17) at Asia House - she does Sumi-e ink painting and some of the profits will be going to schools in Minami Sanriku, a town affected by the tsunami, which my parents visited last year and was the inspiration behind the exhibiton. I'm sure she'd be interested to meet you if you have the time.

    x

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