Too hot for much

We’re in the midst of heat wave number 2 (well, it’s promised it will finish tomorrow – we’ll see). Also, Environment Agency has declared drought conditions in this area. This is an area that floods each autumn into winter. Or at least it has for as long as I’ve lived here.

You can see what the dog thinks he should be doing.

I also found him this great frozen chicken water (ie, a chicken pop sickle but in a tub – see below) at the farm shop. He gets to lick that many times during the day.

The only thing I’ve been spraying on the past few days is the Agrumi di Sicilia I got for the last heat wave. It definitely does the trick.

We may see thunderstorms from Monday. Please, please. But gently, as the ground is so dry at this point heavy ran would just run off and cause flooding.

Anyway, my son is working on his plans to go to NYC next month. As our visits when my father was alive were fairly constrained in terms of tourist stuff, he’s planning a lot of that (eg, Liberty Island and the 911 Memorial) plus a nostalgia day in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where my Dad lived.

I was thinking about what I might want him to bring back for me (the last time I was in NYC was 2018 for estate stuff) and had one of those a ha moments (don’t get too excited). Every time I smell the fruit bowl in the kitchen full of peaches and nectarines I think that’s wonderful and I need something with that smell.

And then Bond No 9 Chinatown popped into my head. It’s the only Bond I like (of the few I’ve smelled – and it seems an anomaly anyway given its weirdness, and the only extraordinary thing Bond released). Wowser. Perfect. I’ve wanted a bottle for ages.


Then I looked at prices in the US, and then prices here. Which put paid to that desire, sadly. 1) It’s more expensive in the 50ml in NY than it is here and 2) the pricing is outrageous. Like seriously ridiculous for 50ml of juice. Totally can’t be justified – even as a combined birthday and holiday self gift.

So, sadly, that went out the window – ie, a bottle. But then it occurred to me that maybe Surrender to Chance would have it. But, no, no Bonds at all. So, I’ll look here for decants and have returned to my original idea, which was a small Statue of Liberty statuette.

In any case, I am very excited for him and if you have any ideas for what he might do or where he might eat suggest away, please.

The plan is he goes for 10 days, arriving back the day before I go up to London for three days (trip, as ever, arranged around an appointment) so the dog is looked after.

And as to that, I’m staying at a friend’s house with her kids (who are both lovely – she’s away) not that I’ll be there much except to sleep.

The day I travel up I plan to do Covent Garden (ie, central London things). The following day is the appointment and life revolves around that (ie, getting myself into central London early for breakfast so I can be anxious close to lot of different transport to get to appointment location). After appointment plan is to go to a museum to try and calm myself down before dinner with a friend I haven’t seen in almost three years. Friday is an early visit with another friend I haven’t seen in years (thank you, Covid) and lunch with another who I haven’t seen in ages before taking myself somewhere for a couple of hours before train back home.

So, in any case, what should I smell when I’m up-country? Liberty is probably where I’ll end up. I thought about Harrods, but Liberty is nicer and more central. Its stock is mostly well-known niche (eg, Malle, Le Labo, Comme de Garçons, Byredo), but also some more esoteric stuff (eg, something called Ellis Brooklyn).

I’m looking forward to seeing people, train travel, and having a mooch around London.

(pics: lizard pexels; others me)

  • Tom says:

    I hope your heat breaks soon.

    It’s been a while since I was in NYC but I’d add going to the Guggenheim (for both the art and the experience), the High Line and all the new stuff in the old meatpacking district. I’m sure he will have a great time!

    • cinnamon says:

      Heat wave broke yesterday, thank goodness. Thunder and lightening (very very frightening) and (mostly) gentle rain now on and off. He’s planning on doing the High Line (so wonderful) but only museum he’s really interested in (nostalgia) is Natural History, which is far better than the one in London.

  • Dina C. says:

    Sorry about your heat wave, Cinnamon. Ours finally broke, and we’re enjoying much more humane temps right now. In 2008 our family did a big trip to NYC and saw all the sights. (I exaggerate!) Depending on your son’s interests, there are great museums. The Cloisters way uptown has a famous tapestry of Dianthus the unicorn, gardens, and beautiful architecture. MoMA (conveniently in midtown) has super famous paintings like Van Gogh and Monet, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has an awesome Ancient Egypt wing and an Arms & Armaments gallery full of gorgeous armor and battle axes, pikes, swords, etc. We spent a long time in those taking photos since that’s what my kids were into at the time. And going to the top of the Empire State Building for the view is iconic. Of course, since I am a theatre person and an actor, you know I’m gonna finish by saying he should see a Broadway show. A Strange Loop is the hottest ticket right now. I am told it’s a graphic tale of a gay man’s journey. A friend saw it and thought it was amazing.

    • cinnamon says:

      Tx, that’s an awesome list. Some things he’s done but it helps him think. A Broadway show is on the list but by getting tickets at the TKTS stand in Times Square. Things look soooo expensive.

  • Portia says:

    YAY for your son seeing NYC! What a fun adventure that will be.
    Jam packed London adventure for you too Cinnamon. I know Selfridge & Co is completely bonkers but I love their perfume lobby and hall. SO OTT!
    Portia xx

    • cinnamon says:

      Should be a busy holiday for him. Maybe Selfridges, but have to think about the other to-ing and fro-ing. Liberty is easier for getting to Covent Garden. It’s going to be a packed few days 🙂

  • March says:

    Oh, separate from the heat that sounds lovely! I hope you find some great sniffage and have wonderful meetups with old friends, that’s one of my favorite things to do. I don’t have any great advice about NYC but hopefully someone else will chime in!

    • cinnamon says:

      It’s raining gently today and temp is down at least 5 degrees Celsius. Rather thankful. It’s always fun to organise sniffage!

  • alityke says:

    It sounds like your son is going to have a great time in NYC. Is he going alone or with friends?
    I’ve been eyeing up this online at Liberty but suspect it will be gone fairly quickly.
    Enjoy your trip as best you can

    • cinnamon says:

      Hope things are ok. I think he will enjoy it (I hope). I did see that. Liberty appears to have some obscure brands that look interesting.

      • alityke says:

        Liberty did carry Alvarez Gomez Agua Colonia in store. Cheap as chips, lemon heaven morphing into orange blossom cologne. Tom fell for the lemons, I love the end of the day, after multiple cooling applications the smell of sun kissed skin & orange blossom. The happiest fragrance I know

        • cinnamon says:

          Hmmm… will have a look on their website. I’m still in a bit of shock over the Chinatown pricing and don’t intend to buy anything larger than 10ml.

          • alityke says:

            The Agua isn’t on the website but did used to be stocked in store.
            I think the smallest size is 80mls though.
            I just bought a 750ml to use around the house instead of white vinegar. I Spain they use these Colonia’s diluted for laundry, cleaning sticky or greasy surfaces including windows. Thought I’d give it a go

          • cinnamon says:

            Ah, ok. I now have a list of some stuff I will try and gave in and bought two Chinatown bon buns off eBay because since it entered my head it hasn’t left.

          • alityke says:

            Perfume equivalent of an earworm?
            Hmm…. Would that be a nasal nit?