Kind a’ floating along

I was going to write about a really strange earworm I had for the first half of last week and tie that into other music and perfume but it didn’t happen (earworm was Uptown Funk – the best line in this is “Got Chucks on with St Laurent, Gotta Kiss Myself I’m So Pretty”). Just sort of got lost in everything else that happened later in the week.

So, apologies, but I’ve just got random thoughts today.

Took my son to the train this afternoon for his return to university after three months at home. So, it’s me and the dog in the house now again. I can’t ‘bubble’ with anyone else as I have health issues. Hoping for first vaccine jab by mid-March. It won’t change much for me but I want it to happen nonetheless. Vacuumed, got laundry going – trying to gear myself up for Monday and Tuesday with the clients I don’t like.

So, it’s going to be work, dog walks, Zoom yoga (maybe adding in Pilates once a week – and my yoga teacher has added in Nidra sessions every other week – I’ve never been a great sleeper – hoping these will help), visits to farm shop and bakery. Almost everything else will come into my life via delivery.

However, my DIY guy is visiting Tuesday (window open, everyone masked up) to look at laying down a path in the garden and sorting my front gate which has scraped for the whole time I’ve lived in this house. I have a load of plants coming end-February to end-March so I need the path sorted fairly soon and I’ve come to conclusion, after digging out the stepping stones, that I just don’t have the oomph for doing a path properly. So, he can do it. I’m obsessing a bit about buying a small Philadelphus for the pot as I love the fragrance (why has no perfume house tried to do a really proper mock orange fragrance? Or have I missed something?), but as I already have a dwarf fig coming in May I thinking this might be overdoing things. It’s not a huge garden.

I received the small bottle of Le Labo Ylang 49 I ordered (had a panic after I’d ordered that it would come from the EU and I’ll have to pay duty; it came from London, so all good). This smells of summer evenings to me. I need to have that in my life right now.

I’m still working my way through the Wesley Peterson police procedurals but will pause them end of this week to pick up the next Ruth Galloway book and then I’ve got the next James Oswald Inspector McLean to look forward to. I’m in the middle of series 4 of Spiral. I feel like any things that pull me out of my head and keep me from contemplating our grey, damp weather are helpful.

Finally, it’s also Groundhog Day Tuesday. Fingers crossed he or she sees an early spring for us (and a hot summer).

Sorries again. I promise next Monday’s post will have a focus. Oh, and can anyone tell me when Gardeners’ World starts up again? I haven’t been able to find that information.

  • March says:

    Anita and I share a Britbox subscription. She’s watching endless Gardeners World (I think) and I’m re-watching Vera, which I love — gorgeous part of the country I’ve never been to, not too dark or gory. Just realized last night that Brenda Blethyn is Mrs Bennet in my favorite version of Pride & Prejudice! I love reading about your garden and everything you’re up to, it’s a little lifeline to the outside world, so thanks.

  • Musette says:

    LOL! No apologies necessary – this reads like fully half the posts I write! I love that you are having the path done – I was wondering what you were about, trying to do it yourself. You’ve got a Guy. Let him do it.

    I’ve seen photos of your garden and am of the opinion that you could have both the fig and the philadelphus, easily. Then again… I have 78 lilies. So probably my opinion is marginally unsound.


    • Cinnamon says:

      No, your posts have a beginning middle and end. This was just sort of what shall I do??? I kept thinking I would be able to do the path, but finally realised while I am capable of digging out big rocks making a straight, flat path is really beyond my current talents. I keep telling myself I can smell Philadelphus from the neighbour’s tree so really I don’t need one myself. we shall see. That’s a lot of lilies. Is the Girl well behaved and doesn’t eat garden stuff? Joe is not, so there are no problematic plants for dogs in garden.

      • Musette says:

        she doesn’t eat flowers, thank Floyd, but she did nearly kill herself by eating compost detritus, thus costing me a fortune in treatment (which I do not begrudge) and now a new composter (which I guess I also don’t begrudge) –

        but she is Hell on Earth on tomatoes, much like one of my Rotties was. If I leave the kitchen garden gate open, all is lost. xoxoxo

  • Portia says:

    NO WAY Cinnamon, no apologies please.
    I love this kind of post.
    In Sydney we plant Murraya instead of Philadelphus and so I’ve only just learned of it. Is it something you can have in a large pot? If so you could put it in from instead of out back and everyone wandering past could enjoy its scent too.
    It’s cool that you’ve maintained your exercise routine so well in lock down. Wish I was as focussed.
    Found a decant of Lys 48 and have worn it a couple of times lately, very pretty.
    Portia xx

    • Cinnamon says:

      It’s just that my brain and imagination had gone on holiday — nothing was gelling. I will look up Murraya. Can’t put much in front of house as it’s west facing, meaning in autumn through winter there’s not a lot of light in front. I have a climbing hydrangea there which was very unhappy while the work of the house was being done as no one watered it regularly. It’s coming back slowly.

    • Musette says:

      Portia – just looked up Murraya, what a gorgeous genus! I need a conservatory to grow ALL THE BEAUTY! xoxoxo

      • Portia says:

        Murraya grows like wildfire here in Sydney and it flowers a few times each year. Walking the dogs at night the scent is intoxicating. Good for hedges and small trees.

  • filomena813 says:

    Enjoy your new bottle of Ylang 49. I have a bottle of it and think it is one of my favorite Le Labo fragrances.

    • Cinnamon says:

      I was working my way through the sample and just thought “I need to have this around” so got the smallest size bottle. I like the Iris as well, but I don’t think I like it enough to invest in a bottle.

  • MizChris says:

    I just emailed a friend of mine (who I have not seen face to face since February of 2020) that I now no longer care that I wake up not knowing what day it is. It seems the pandemic is ushering me slowly and gently into the senility I have been fearing and dreading since I entered my 6th decade…

    For television, I’m savouring ‘Ice Cold Murders.’ It’s an Italian (subtitles) police procedural with Marco Giallini as the lead. Very good distraction for challenging times and what may be creeping dementia. Wearing Vintage Balmain Jolie Madame.

    • Musette says:

      if it’s any consolation, I woke up today convinced it was Monday and that I only had 45 minutes to organize before my project meeting. I would’ve fought you like a velociraptor, had you suggested that it might be… um.. Sunday?

      March is calling this ‘Blursday’ and I think there’s a lot of it going on. I’m in my 6th decade as well and don’t think it’s dementia. Just.. ennui.


      • MizChris says:

        LOL! Oh Musette. One of my friends goes back and forth in emails with me as we refer to every week day as ‘Blursday.’ Friday, Saturday and Sunday are ‘Blursenday.’ The up coming month is Janfebember.

        This work/stay home feels more like the movie Ground Hog Day than ennui. Thank Hera for perfume.

        XO : )

    • Cinnamon says:

      It is really really hard to keep track of time right now. I have to look on the calendar or on the computer screen to remind myself. I have actually never smelled Jolie Madame. Once we’re back to some sort of normal I’m going to start trawling charity shops here to see if I can find vintage stuff.