Time off

Happy September? I’m emerging from a week’s holiday at home. As I said last week, it’s been more than a year since I’ve had time off. So, this past week was really really necessary.

About half way through it I received my Eris Perfumes samples, a purchase precipitated by Portia’s recent post on Bell de Jour. These were purchased from another new-to-me website here, this one called Sainte Cellier. Interesting offering and very good CS.

One of the fragrances I got was Delta of Venus (2023). That’s what I wore for the rest of the week.

It is luscious. Per the website (the guff for once isn’t half bad): “… guava-centric that reimagines the Garden of Eden’s Forbidden Fruit”.  Notes are bergamot, grapefruit, guava, violet leaf, galbanum, jasmine sambac, vetiver and sandalwood.

The opening of this. Good Golly Miss Molly! Totally gorgeous fruit bowl, clear and defined, juicy, with a green undercurrent. I definitely get grapefruit and guava, sharp and slightly tropical, with a whisper of pong. Incredibly, incredibly attractive.

As it opens up, I get a softer grapefruit plus violet leaf. It’s still a bit tropical but really more green-citrus. It’s quite soft and close to the skin at this point. Maybe jasmine in a very gentle way.

The drydown is soft and gentle, with a hint of vetiver and some wood. The longevity is ok.

This is a lot more than pleasant, but the most intriguing and attractive part is that fruit bowl opening. I plan to try this on fabric to see what happens with the opening.

So, what did I get up to? A fair bit of eating out. Holidays are meant for little cooking.

Had a great lunch at a pub on an isthmus near the town with my favourite bakery. To get there you either drive right round the estuary, park a half hour away and walk; have your own boat and dock there; or take the local ferry. We did the ferry. Joe the lab came along. He decidedly did not like the ferry, having to be lifted in and out (no little gate – this is a very small boat, taking no more than 12 people). Once we got there though he was happy with being outdoors, having a burger and taking a walk on the tow path. For people, it’s a lovely location with really good food.

Another lunch where he came along was a fish place on the Atlantic coast. That entailed a car ride and walk. A much happier dog. Plus, there were three other labs on the covered terrace when we were there. Food was nice – ie, good fish. I want a house with that kind of covered but also open terrace overlooking the water.

One day was spent sorting family papers and painting areas of the house where there had been leaks that had been fixed.

There was a dinner at the Turkish café in the nearest big town. Also got my hair cut that day and it rained cats and dogs till late afternoon, which wasn’t fun. But food was great. This place has been around for donkeys years and offers lovely baklawa. Oddly, however, they are now understaffed and food took a long time.

Final meal out was a lunch at a local farm to table place that gets really good reviews but felt really odd. The food was fine but in mid-middle age I was one of the youngest people there. Plus, the evening dining room, which I passed on way to toilet, smelled like boiled cabbage – ie, like a 1960s place in the Catskills. Won’t be returning there.

Otherwise, time was spent doing not much beyond gardening, listening to the third segment in my current book series (book is too expensive in book form – oddly, audiobook was much cheaper), wandering vaguely around local villages, and I rewatched the 1999 version of The Thomas Crown Affair with Pierce Brosnan and Renee Russo which was incredibly enjoyable – and her wardrobe is to die for. I actually wish I’d booked two weeks off. But, I didn’t.

So, back to normal life tomorrow.

Hope US peeps are enjoying Labor Day. Have a good week.

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  • March says:

    That’s weird, where did my comment go? Oh, well! I love the glimpses into life where you live (so different in natural features than where I’m living now) and I really think I need to try this fragrance, I bet I’d love it. Glad you got a bit of a break.

    • cinnamon says:

      The system was grumpy? My parents lived for a period on the Atlantic coast of New Hampshire. This area is similar. I love your Santa Fe stories. It seems like such an unusual area. Have you read the Chee/Leaphorn/etc books? The fragrance is definitely worth a look. I wish the break had been longer. Sigh.

  • Dina C. says:

    That sounds like a great week off! I always enjoy a break from cooking, too. Eris Bell de Jour sounds like a Must Sample — what a great find!

    • Dina C. says:

      Whoops, meant to say Delta of Venus! Sorry.

    • cinnamon says:

      This week is going to be much warmer so it was actually better to be doing things last week. I’m working my way through the Eris scents. I find Delta of Venus easier to wear than Belle de Jour (the dry down is very pongy on me).

  • Tom says:

    It going to be Eris cubed at the Posse: Portia inspired me to order samps from Surrender to Chance. Can’t remember if it’s scheduled for this week or next..

    Glad to read you had a great staycation, and it sounds wonderful. Saturday was rainy so I stayed in and watched old movies: “Queen Bee” and “Harriet Craig,” two Crawford camp-fests and a couple of Dirty Harry’s.

    It’s funny how dogs react to water. Some just hate it. My exes Poodle wanted nothing to do with the pool and would run around and bark at us when we got in it.

    Thanks for the great read- I feel like I was there!

    • cinnamon says:

      It’s funny how these houses pop up and then we wonder how we missed them.

      Joe the lab likes water — he just didn’t like being lifted on and off the ferry. I think it made him uneasy for whatever dog reason.

  • Portia says:

    Hey rested Cinnamon! Glad to read you took a little time to unwind.
    Delta of Venus! What an excellent name. You’ve spawned a lemming.
    Nice that there’s a new-2-U sample spot in the UK. I hope they do well. Do you ever think of re-creating yours?

    EVERYBODY wants one of those large covered terraces looking over the water I think. You’re definitely not alone anyways.

    HA! Cabbage scented restaurant!! EW!
    Portia x

    • cinnamon says:

      Def no on re-starting a retail operation. For all too many reasons, one being you really need a lot of capital to sink in and then maintain.

      Delta of Venus is well worth a look.

      Indeed, the cabbage thing was quite unsettling. Like, where did that come from.

  • alityke says:

    I also watched Fred Siriex & Angela Hartnett doing Extraordinary Places to Eat last night. They were in your neck of the woods. They visited a fabulous pub serving seafood called The Seahorse, a floating eatery in the Exe estuary & a restaurant called Gather serving foraged food. I wondered if you knew them

    • cinnamon says:

      I think I’ve been to the floating barge but years ago. I used to be all seafood and a real destination, as it wasn’t that well-known. Looks like they changed the menu in the past few years to attract more tourist traffic. Will have to look at the others. A fair number of interesting places have popped up in this area in the past few years but most of them don’t last as what local people who can still spend want is reasonably cheap food and fancy cocktails which you get from outposts of chains.

  • alityke says:

    Brooke is fabulous. She runs Sainte Cellier by herself I believe. If you joined the mailing list she does some very special offers.
    I have a few Eris samples that I’m yet to try. I really haven’t the mental energy at present

    • cinnamon says:

      I do wonder if she has a side thing to bring in money as well. Having done this sort of gig it seemed like either you needed investors, family money or something else bringing in money to keep going.

      I’m sorry to hear about lack of mental energy. I hope things smooth out a bit.

  • Maya says:

    Your staycation sounds lovely. Sometimes those are the best ones and you actually get to rest. Delta of Venus sounds like one that I would enjoy and will add it along with Night Flower to an order that I have planned.

    • cinnamon says:

      It was nice — but this Monday morning I’m really feeling like I needed more time off. Delta of Venus is well worth a look, IMHO. I’m looking forward to getting through the others I ordered.