Things are now set up in the rental house and the landlord has had the hob/stove top replaced (it didn’t work at all). I wonder if the previous tenants cooked, or did they just throw ready meals into the microwave for months (a shanda* given the local farm shop delivers).
Work on the house has started (the project manager sent me pics of a gutted bathroom through the floor of which you can see into the gutted kitchen below). Did placement for electric sockets, light switches, etc, which is one of those dead boring things you really need to pay attention to.
When I ordered samples recently in order to do the Lemming post that was up a week or so ago, I threw a sample of Malle’s Carnal Flower into the mix. I’ve tried this a number of times and generally felt it wasn’t for me. Adore Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle mostly for the opening, which is just sublimely weird. But a bottle costs so much I just can’t see myself ever forking out for it. Anyway, this time with CF I was actually drawn in. Notes: bergamot, melon, eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, jasmine, salicylates (not worth explaining), tuberose, orange blossom, coconut and musk. Not wanton (I know many feel it is) or unnecessarily showy; rather, something far more unusual and compelling. Maybe throwing the melon and eucalyptus in moderates what would otherwise fall over into nauseatingly sweet and heavy. Anyway, it’s got the best aspects of tuberose (one of my favourite flowers – I recently received my tubers for pots here and they got planted today) – lush, heady and distinctive, but weird (a cardboardy green aspect). And while I have been good about avoiding the lockdown siren’s song of online shopping, I might have to cave for a travel size of this …
So, lockdown. I’ve pretty much settled into a rhythm that makes things bearable and largely keeps the sads at bay.
Dog walks twice a day. This village is bigger than ours and thus has a lot more walks to do – along roads, pedestrian paths, through fields – good for the soul and can be justified (not only for dog well-being) as acceptable activity (getting that exercise). One great field walk involves going through a number of stiles with ‘dog doors’ which Joe the Lab is slowly getting the hang of (one door requires the actual lifting of a sliding panel – a real canine portal).
Reading almost continuously when I’m not: working; cooking; discussing sentence structure with my son for the uni essays he still has to write; planning large and elaborate online food shops when I can get a delivery slot; and gardening in the titchy garden here (cleaned it up and moved pots around). I’m not a big television watcher – in fact, I divested the 10-year-old telly during the house move clearout – and watch the few things I’m interested in (eg, BBC’s Gardeners’ World) on the laptop. Be interesting to see if I want a telly when we move back to the house.
Doing yoga. I’ve finally managed to get myself to do my own weird session of yoga and pilates (build that core) and plan to return to the two classes I love soon (which have moved online). Here’s to mountain pose, downward-facing dog, plank, wild thing, and table top with toe taps.
And, of course, ‘talking’ to friends. Doing this is online, but it still reminds me that we’re all whole and managing which also combats the sads. Deep breath.
So, have you revisited anything recently, had an a-ha moment, and decided to enlarge your collection? What about the lure of online shopping – are you all in or resisting the want monster?
*Yiddish for something scandalously shameful.
PS This is the first post I’ve uploaded myself. I need to get the hang of text wrapping…