Not hibernation

Sunday dawned cold. So, maybe this is actually the ‘real’ start of autumn. We shall see. Lit woodstove for first time since last winter.

I had my Covid booster last week (flu jab several weeks ago).

We’re almost in corporate third-quarter earnings reports so work has been busy and should stay that way through mid-November.

Anyway, I like the ‘idea’ of autumn, of crisp, dry, cooler, bright days. But, that’s not the reality here. Instead, we mostly get damp and grey. Why did I move here, you ask? Well, it is beautiful, it’s near the ocean (which I missed about London), and at the time – around 15 years ago – it was semi-rural but still close to decent sized towns with a good clutch of independent shops etc (however, the amount of housing development over the last five years without any supporting infrastructure is mind-bogglingly stupid).

But autumn really isn’t my time of year – only preferred to winter. Last week, March mentioned autumn anxiety. Other things to dislike are the lack of light (ie, the move to more hours of dark vs light), the bare trees, the lack of fruit I like (apples are ok but I prefer them in crumble), and the largely shutting down of the garden (and the disappearance from television of the Gardeners’ World programme).

Would I hibernate if I could? Probably not, but there are things that make the change in weather and light more bearable (I do enjoy the change in my ‘fume wardrobe), one of which is even more reading because by mid-December it gets light at 9 am and dark at 4 pm.

I enjoy settling in front of the woodstove or under the duvet with a book. An engaging book makes the dark and grey less unpleasant. So, a few books I’m looking forward to over the next few months.

First is the release in early November of the fourth book in the August Snow series by Stephen Mack Jones. Twist on former cop, set in Detroit. Well written, interesting, surprising, great characters – well worth looking into the whole series.

Second is a new Dennis Lehane (of the Kenzie and Gennaro books – another series worth looking into) set in Boston (his stuff tends to be in Massachusetts), a thriller noted on amazon as “… a masterly psychological study of racism”. I whooshed through it in two days. Very well written, very unsettling. Set in Boston during the bus boycotts related to school integration in the early 1970s. Really strong main female character.

Finally, I recently finish the latest book in Craig Johnson’s Longmire series (sheriff set in Wyoming – well written, sometimes very surprising, a bit of magic, there must be close to or more than 15 of them and there’s only one that I felt was meh – and no, I’ve not watched the television series).

Perfumes continue to pop up that I want to try but I’m holding off on any sampling till I make it up to London – which should happen at some point in November.

I am deeply curious about the new Guerlain in the L’Art et La Matière collection, Tobacco Honey, two notes I really enjoy and enjoy together. Per the Guerlain website, “The wickedly sensual substance of raw tobacco reveals itself as an accord, unveiling its most beautiful facets when touched by honey”.

But no sample buying, as the Guerlain is silly money from the local sample websites. So, I’ll see what I can do when I’m up-country.

I recently discovered Jon Batiste, a musician but something of a Renaissance man.

I’m wearing Serge Lutens Arabie – first time since winter. Perfect for cold, leaves falling, etc. Am reminded each year how luscious this is.

Pics: Pexels and mine

  • March says:

    It’s been brilliant and sunny here, high around 70, low around 40, I’m enjoying it while it lasts. Lots of people in town, the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta has been going on. I’m doing some indoor plant maintenance. I’ve started on Donna Leon’s Brunetti mysteries set in modern Venice, haven’t reached a conclusion about those yet, I hope I like them because there are quite a few. Thanks for the other recommendations!

    • Musette says:

      I like Donna Leon’s work – it’s not quite cozy (in fact Sra Brunetti (lordt, I hope she doesn’t read this, as I don’t think she’d appreciate me using her married name 😉 is a bit of a Socialist, with less-than-cozy philosophies. They’re an interesting couple and the insight into Everyday Venetian life is intriguing.

    • cinnamon says:

      Balloon fiesta. That sounds fun and exciting. Like Agatha Christie, Donna Leon isn’t one who has floated my reading boat. Not sure why. For Venice, which I’ve never visited, Philip Gwynn Jones has written a good series. Your weather sounds lovely.

  • Dina C. says:

    I’m a big fan of the mystery genre; I like the cozy and/or historical ones. I’ve read and reread a lot of Agatha Christie this year, Jacqueline Winspear is a new favorite, Anna Lee Huber, and Alan Bradley. This time of year is my favorite: the temperatures, the beauty of the changing leaves, the peace before the holiday madness. I’ve started wearing my woodsy scents like Bois des Iles and VC &A Bois d’Iris.

    • cinnamon says:

      I could never get into Agatha Christie. Not sure why. Sandalwoods seem perfect this time of year.

  • Tom says:

    Arabie is a stunner.

    It keeps flirting with getting cold here, but then immediately heats up. It will be in the 80° ish (F) all this week. But it’s the loss of daylight that stinks for me..

    • cinnamon says:

      Arabie is totally perfect for right now here — and maybe even into winter. 80 degrees. well, wow. I’ve just started another detective series (Robert Crais Cole and Pike) set in LA. Indeed, the darker days are not fun.

  • Portia says:

    Hey Cinnamon,
    I hope the SADs don’t hit you too hard.
    Fortunately Sydney’s autumn is a very different kettle of fish. The sky is a perfect, deep, jacaranda blue mostly. We also have only a spattering of deciduous trees so their skeletal branches make interest rather than bleakness.
    You are reading up a STORM! Bravo. I’m reading Roald Dahl’s short stories. Perfect bite sized chunks that leave me with thoughts.
    Arabie! yum
    Portia xx

    • cinnamon says:

      I used to get SADs when younger. Does really affect me as much now except for the late December into very early January weeks when it is really really dark. Your autumn sounds very nice. We have a couple of pines in the village that smell incredible.

    • MzChrz says:

      Portia-do you subscribe to Netflix? Wes Anderson produced 4 short Roald Dahl stories for them recently.

  • Musette says:

    I’m fighting SAD already, dagNABBIT! but it’s been getting better these past few years, sans El O and a return to 2hrs/day in the gym… so (insert shrug) Hope Springs.
    Been wearing some lighter leathers, about which I touch on (very lightly) tomorrow. I was just thinking about vintage v. contemporary Femme last night – I keep the vint on my perfume tray but usually reach for the contemp, which is warmer and richer to me.
    Eagerly awaiting Shelley Laurenston’s latest in her Honey Badger series. Lordt, but I do love those Badgers!

  • alityke says:

    Arabie, vintage Femme’s bohemian daughter. Totally unrelated to current Femme though. So beautiful!
    I do have the hibernation instinct & SAD was a real problem when my office got no daylight at all & we were refused “daylight” lights due to cost. Much improved now I’m retired & can get outside.
    Good book recommendations, thank you.
    I’d suggest the Hugh de Singleton books by Mel Starr. Set in Oxfordshire in the14th century. The places are still there.

    • cinnamon says:

      I really wanted to love Femme but didn’t quite make it. I recall working in high rises in NYC decades ago where you couldn’t open the windows. I think that might be almost as bad no windows. Breathing the same stale air all the time. Oxfordshire 14th century. Hmmmm…