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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday - the last weekend shopping day before Christmas

Well, today was the last weekend trading day before Christmas .... Sunday was brisk and busy at Peony - we had Christmas carols playing as our customers enjoyed (yes, enjoyed!) completing their shopping..... Above - one of the flower arrangements in the shop this week... - pretty lilies and a little touch of red with the red roses...

Another little dash of red (above) in these gorgeous glass hand-blown containers for the Cire Trudon special Christmas candle - it's called 'Nazareth' and has been selling really well... The fragrance is very festive - a mixture of clove, cinnamon and orange.

Lastly above my personal favourite - Diptyque's 'coffret' for Christmas - 3 mini candles - Oranger, Feu De Bois and Pine Sylvestris.... The orange and woodsmoke (feu du bois) are just wonderful burned at the same time .

Just thought I would also share a little story with you from Friday..... We were so very busy that day - amazing really - we did not stop , but I digress...! First thing in the morning Jill (owner of Peony) had taken a call from a man in London who was looking for a Diptyque special limited edition Christmas candle - the Evergreen - Sapin one.. (actually you can just see the corner of it in the photograph above, far left of the photo).
Apparently he could not find it anywhere in London as they had all sold out completely and was asking us if we could ship him one from Australia!! Well, Jill said that we would but surely it would be better for him to try and get in from France (and obviously have a better chance of it getting to UK for Christmas day too!)... He replied that France was not keen on helping him - they did not have a website and he would rather buy it from us! I went to the local post office and got prices for him and then spoke with him when he rang back later in the morning. To send it Airmail Express Post was going to cost almost as much as the candle - did he definitely want us to send it? Well the answer was in the positive so that is just what we did- packing it ultra carefully and off it has gone and we have emailed him the 'tracking' number - again, all part of the service ! Now just hope that it arrives there in time.
And whoever the final recipient is appreciates the effort he has gone to!


  1. I am sure that the recpient will appreciate the lovely and very thoughtful gift and the effort that was involved in getting the gift. Must admit that it does not surprise me as the french at times are not good at helping others :-)

    Bon courage, Leeann x

  2. Those candles sound amazing and what a great story about the candle! I am sure it will arrive safely.

    It sounds like you have been very busy at Peony-you will need a good rest on Friday!

    I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas with your friends and family and that your New Year is full of love and happiness.

    Blessings and best wishes, Natasha.

  3. I hope the recipient (surely a she?) appreciates him! What a sweetie.

  4. Hi Sarah - yes, most definitely a lucky lady...!Another downside to being in the freezing north is that everything sells out and the resulting panic to find the thing you have set your heart on only adds to the already mounting Christmas stress!! Have a happy week & enjoy the more relaxed Christmas approach which seems to prevail down under!! Love Susie x

  5. Great story..the things we do for love! I have a favourite candle this time of year Thyme Frasier Fir from USA and Christmas just isn't the same without it. I have a feeling your purchaser heard a similar story! Lucky for me I noticed an order placed in Amazon earlier in the year!
    What a lovely shop to work in, filled with beautiful things. Let me know if you have coffee under that chandelier someday...be sure to stand under and look up..must be beautiful. Sending you warm wishes for a wonderful holiday Jeanne :)

  6. UPDATE.... He received the candle in time for Christmas - it arrived on Tuesday 22nd and was of course totally delighted!! xxx

  7. Hmmmmm....Oh dear...Im looking at those candles and thinking...my life will be in tatters if I dont get one soon...must resist...must resist..lol

    Happy New Year to you lovely...hope you had a great time celebrating it x

  8. Wish you all a Merry and Happy Christmas. Let this new year bring you all great joy and harmony in your life for your future. Wonderful & happy Christmas greetings and wishes of the season…


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