It’s a bit before 6 pm and it’s pitch dark. Time changed over night and here we are till early next year.
It’s been raining again. Not drenching but certainly not light pitter-patter. The lawn out back is a sponge and the creek into the village was at its banks last night so who knows what will happen over next day or so.
We’re decidedly in autumn and nearing my favourite holiday of the year.
It’s disappointing, however, how little decorating has been done in the village vs last year. There are signs up for the annual Halloween walkabout but who knows what that will mean. This village, bar my little area of cheapness, is very pricey now, with the result that fewer families with younger children can afford to move in. The teenagers go to parties – they don’t go trick or treating. Plus, it’s due to rain yet again on the 31st …
A friend who knows my fondness for Halloween sent a box this year which included holiday-specific candy (eye balls, chocolate pumpkins) to go with the candy corn hidden away.
She also included a grouping of velveteen pumpkins – to go with the velvet one I’d bought about a month ago. I’m still trying to figure out where the tableau of pumpkins will go – whether they stay together or get dotted around separately.
I got my proper pumpkin from the farm shop field. Was very pleased with myself until I noticed the other day that it’s damaged in one area. Which means it must quickly become pumpkin soup.
This October has been a very busy month workwise. That’s good – but it’s also been extremely tiring. It’s now the beginning of third-quarter company earnings reports, so should continue to be busy through mid-November. That is unless … I’m giving my notice on Wednesday and who knows how the guy I work for will react.
Also in the lovely box were some samples. I’ve been wearing Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan which seems to me a perfect Halloween fragrance (it’s a miniature size of the bottle, rather than a vial).
I tried this ages ago and really wanted to love it given all its hype. However, I couldn’t quite get there. I really like it – like really really really – but I don’t love it. However, I’m very happy to have some to hand to enjoy through the dark time (we’re down on the downslope towards the winter solstice, when it’s light here between 9 and 4).
Amber Sultan was released in 2000 which feels like a long time ago though it’s really not.
It’s a Chris Sheldrake and to me it gets sort of lumped in with things like my beloved Arabie and Chergui.
Notes include angelica, bay, oregano, incense resins, myrtle, myrrh, benzoin, amber, vanilla and patchouli. I get a lot of oregano through three-quarters of its development. I don’t mind that at all. It’s modified by the incense notes, and then in the dry-down by the vanilla and amber. As with most Lutens, it’s quite long-lived on my skin.
It seems to be available everywhere, including on Amazon. And the 50ml is a comparatively inexpensive £73 (elsewhere, the 50ml rises to £110).
It is definitely hibernation weather given the rain and the amount of work. When I’ve been able to grab time in front of the wood stove I’ve been working my way through Robert Crais’ Cole and Pike series (private detective in LA with very interesting mate who helps out).
Is Amber Sultan one of yours? Is there trick or treating round your way? Which perfume are you planning to wear on the 31st?
Pics: Pexels and mine