A New Way to Lonely Bouquet
Happy Monday, everyone!
I don’t know if Monday’s are “happy” days for you, or if you’d rather the weekend just last a little longer? I suppose my opinion of Monday falls somewhere in the middle. Don’t love it, don’t hate it. Nevertheless, I try to make the most of it!
During various outings on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, I dispersed a handful of Lonely Bouquets throughout both my own neighborhood and a village or two further away. It’s always fun leaving a little trail of flowers wherever I go!
Today, in combination with getting a few necessary errands taken care of, I brought a bag-full of bouquets to Maastricht. It was the perfect opportunity to try out a new tagging method that we’ve developed to make the whole Lonely Bouquet process more interactive and streamlined… so much fun!
From the local abbey to the local watering hole, flowers from the garden made the autumn landscape a bit brighter. I even saw a cute couple walking away with the bouquet of sunflowers and dahlias pictured above. I couldn’t help but smile as I tried to hide the other handful of flowers behind my back. They must have spotted the half-hidden flowers, though, because the lady smiled and said “thank you!” :)
A couple folks from Saturday evening sent nice messages after finding the bouquets, but I didn’t hear anything on Sunday. Funny how that goes sometimes. It’s really seems to be a hit or miss kind of thing. No biggy. As long as I know that the flowers found happy homes, I’m a happy camper!
Today, however, I printed out a whole new set of tags… outfitted with a nifty-looking QR code and adoption key, these tags make it easier for tech-savvy folks on the go to check in and report their adoption. It’s all part of the new website dedicated to the Lonely Bouquet. It’s still in its baby phase, but I thought that it would be fun to show you guys first!
I was a bit worried that the advanced technology might throw some people off or take away from the charm of finding the abandoned flowers. Pushing my fears aside, I decided to take the new tags for a test drive and see how the locals reacted…
Success!!! Out of the five bouquets I left around Maastricht this afternoon, four were officially “adopted” and two friendly finders even uploaded super cute pictures!
I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that the reaction rate was so high this time or if people actually prefer the new adoption process. Maybe some people don’t have facebook, or are wary of sharing their find on a social network? Maybe some people just like the spontaneity of sharing the good news on the go? Either way, it gave me a big smile to see so many happy faces!
Feel free to use the new site for your own bouquets (if you should want to spread some smiles of your own), and let me know how you like it! We’ll be making some tweaks here and there in order to ensure that everything is in proper working order, but it’s already ready to be used by any and all of my flower friends :)
Have a wonderful day, and I’ll see you tomorrow!