I’m still not feeling 100% (though I’ve now gotten back most of the ‘investigations’ already done and they have all been ‘normal’ – awaiting one more and having bloods done this Friday) so I decided not to venture into that promised second perfume review from my recent sample order. Maybe next week…
Instead, I’ve been in the rather small garden in the rental house. Doing stuff. Lockdown has been relaxed a bit, but I have no intention of standing in line to visit Ikea — or any other shop for that matter. Nothing much is going to change for me in the foreseeable future beyond venturing to the farm shop, the house-house and doing pickup at the local wood-fired pizza van.
In any case, the garden’s got two enormous jasmines – one someone has formed into a bush (which is sort of weird); the other has space to climb. They are both starting to bloom. Interestingly, at least to me, the bush one has a softer, more innocent scent. Still jasminy, but not pongy. The climber, in contrast, is quite animalic. I prefer animalic jasmine – I just find it more interesting.
The garden also has a carnation plant. It’s mostly dried out (I’ve watered it and it’s rained here but that doesn’t seem to have had much effect), but there are green patches, and in one of these there’s one pink carnation bloom which has a proper peppery carnation scent. Makes me think of Caron Bellodgia which I quite like but which doesn’t do more than smell ‘nice’ on me. It isn’t supposed to be a pretty perfume – it’s meant to be a used knicker (sorry, TMI, but I got that from an article I have somewhere in a notebook in storage) scent – ie, very noir.
I re-potted the sunflower so it has more room as the now closed local plant nursery put out lots of pots for people to take (so I did).
Out in the world of the village there’s other stuff: really good honeysuckle and something I recall from childhood: a tree with shiny green leaves and white feathery flowers that smell both fresh and lightly floral. Very ‘pleasant’, but with good memories.
I made soft pretzels today. So, house smells of yeast and warm caraway seeds. Have to say that’s a really comforting and lovely smell.
Other than that, I’ve watched this past week’s Gardeners’ World and my yoga teacher, who also does holistic therapies, has sent me a couple of videos on stress and the brain to watch in an attempt to calm my being and start me thinking about how to shift away from my ‘to much going on’ being.
Apologies that I’m not more focused. What have you been up to that’s sort of nurturing and/or that’s made you feel grounded?
NB: Pics are my own from the garden. The featured one is what I think are thistle at the back.