My friends! Our lovely blogmistress Patty forgot to hit “publish” in our fancy new system when she’s done. Here is today’s, a little late.
So. Did my wilderness adventure first class this week. This is the mountain trekking class where they teach you how to use the compass and pack for anything so you don’t croak on a hike somewhere. And – the are teaching us to go off trail.
Despite my start as a farm girl for the first 17 years of my life, I am all city girl except my brief forays onto horses and gardening. I like cleanliness, running water, flushing toilets. I don’t like dirt in my food or bugs in my water or having to dig a hole to poop in. What am I doing in a class like this? Well. I like to take pictures, and the best pictures in Colorado are out there, off the beaten path. And for some strange reason, I just have this drive in the last year to get out of all the ruts I’ve made in my life and go off-path, literally and spiritually.
But the class was great, and I am totally jacked for doing the field days and planning some long hiking trips. For some reason, the fear of being out there, exposed in the world has just disappeared.
You know what really smells good? Balmoral, which is one of those Cire Trudon candles, and it is all outdoorsy green, but not overly green, just that rich meadow smell. Great throw on this, subtle scent, you don’t feel like someone stuffed an evergreen in your nose.
And you know what else smells good? I’ve been thinking about what scent I’ll probablly be wearing this summer, and my usual staples come to mine, Santa Maria Novella Eva, Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan, Chanel Eau de Cologne, but I’ve added a little sleeper beauty to that pile. Parfums de Nicolai Le Temps D’une Fete. Notes of galbanum, mastic, opoponax, narcissus, hyacinth, daffodil, styrax, oakmoss, and sandalwood make up this wondrous green floral stunner. It bursts into life with green, unfolding into the prettiest, and never sweet, spring bouquet, stirred up with some naughty narcissus, and all knitted together with incense and woods notes. That it takes a very deep bow to the classic scents from Dior makes it smart as well, but it’s not nearly as difficult to wear as some of those classic perfumes – easy on the nose, but complicated enough to keep me sniffing happily for hours.. Seriously, how did I have this laying around so long and never smell it? I”m truly ashamed of myself for missing out all this time. It’s not just perfect for spring, but for any time.
So either in life or perfumery, what is something you’ve been missing out on that surprised you most when you discovered it? We haven’t done a drawing in a while, so let’s do one. I’ll give out a samples of the D’une Fete to three commenters.