Scent Diary: 3.7 – 9.7.2017




Heya Fumies, Friends & Family,

This week was kind of unexpected. Stuff broke down at the Tasmania property so we had to go fix it. Sadly Jin was working so it was done without my personal tradie. He was missed.

A couple of things I forgot to put in last weeks Scent Diary from Sunday. Anna-Maria and Kim from the team Sluts United and me in full halo/God mode. Also Coffee Creme Brûlée with Cream and Ice-Cream. Hello heart failure, so worth it.

Scent Diary: 3.7 – 9.7.2017

Monday 3:

This morning I was up bright and early because my mate David asked me to speak to the seniors group from the RSL at their Church Hall. I was scared the whole thing was going to cave in around me. It was a lovely morning, the oldest in the group is 101 and they were all totally together and with it. Firstly I gave about a 15 minutes potted history of my life and family history which they loved and even laughed at my crap jokes, I even said bullshit and there were some hearty giggles. Then we did 12 Trivia Q&A and boy did they get into it. They were even giving me cheek! I was there around 40 minutes with them and enjoyed every moment. So sorry I didn’t take a picture of the group but I did get a shot outside.

I wore Divine EdP for the event and I smelled beautiful.

Then I was chained to the computer for the rest of the day with some quick breaks for four, dogs, washing some towels & mats and Jin was home so we had chats too.  Really good day. When life is this calm & good, it’s great to be alive.

Late in the evening I took some time to pack my bag for Tasmania with Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling, Guerlain Ambre Eternal, Hermès Muguet Porcelaine and Boucheron original parfum. A varied selection that should keep me interested over a three day stint.

Made some dinner and had a long hot soak in the tub.

Tuesday 4:

Up and walking the dogs in the very cool morning darkness of 4.20am. They were quite surprised at my early awakening. Me too.

Jin drove me to the airport on his way to work and we were both a bit bleary on the drive in. Met up with Johnny, the best plumber in town, and we hopped a 7am plane to Launceston, Tasmania. How cool is it that Sydney Airport runway is right next to the water, could not have asked for a more perfect winter day. Johnny and I both had windows so the views were spectacular till we hit the Tasmanian clouds, which were still lovely in their own way.

Once there we hired a car and drove up to George Town, there to fix an ailing kitchen and bring the laundry from the garage into the house.

It was a busy scramble and our tenant Dale worked solidly beside Johnny and the boys got loads done. We had a few conferences through the day and had to do some surprise shopping but so far we have only blown out the shopping budget by 15-20%. Not bad considering there were some surprises.

For dinner I had talked up the local burger joint. I was so excited to get back there and have one of the best burgers in my memory. Sadly the shop had been so quiet that they turned off the stoves 1.5 hours early and we had to make do with some very ordinary schnitzel sandwiches. BUMMER!

The cottage I rented us was super cute. 2 bedrooms and a beautifully comfortable living room. The bathroom was a bit weird though and not very private. We were fine and staggered our ablutions so it was all above board.

So it’s 9pm, I’ve been running on under 3 hours sleep all day and now I’m bushed.

Wednesday 5:

BLOODY HELL! Early morning, straight to it. I ran Johnny to the house then came back to our cottage and showered. It was lovely to have a moment of peace amongst the madness. After the shower I doused myself in Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling. So funny. Down here in Tasmania the air is so clean and clear that the fragrance was 100% huger. It was like I had done 20 sprays.

After the shower I went and bought some postcards and organised the mens lunches. In both shops I apologised to the shopkeepers for wearing so much perfume. Really it felt like I had 1980s amounts of scent on. Fortunately both women said they loved my fragrance and that I was wearing exactly the right amount (Sweet lies).

Johnny and our tenant Dale got so much done today and then we went to Bunnings in Launceston as a group with Katie (Dale’s wife) and their two kids. We had Bunnings Sausage Sandwiches, a total win. The men were like kids in a candy store and took hours to get their shit organised. Katie, the kids and I went through the garden section and then had coffees & cakes while one of the kids jumped around in the kids playground.

This is my new husband Craig, really Jin couldn’t complain if I brought home a tomboy, could he? I’m nice, I share my toys.

We came home at 6pm and Johnny cooked himself some bacon sandwiches. He was so freaking proud of himself and happy eating them. Then we had cream buns for dessert! Not my favourite bakeries ones but pretty good nonetheless.

Now it’s time for bed. Goodnight.

Thursday 6:

If you think yesterday was full then today was 150% more action packed. We had plumbing, electrician and helper doing the garage, kitchen, laundry and bathroom. We added extra things in all day long and still managed to finish 20 minutes early. It was a wonderful day, everyone working together and helping. Sure, I spent a bunch of money, basically a years rent but we expected to have big bills in the first year and these are them. Fingers crossed that we can leave the houses alone to rent peacefully for the next couple of years.

First we went to the Simpson house where the tenants are moving out Monday. They have left the house about 170% more beautiful than it was when we bought it. Even the gardens are pristine.

Johnny the plumber works fast, is clever and I trust him to go full steam ahead all day long. The extra it cost me to bring him was easily made up for in sheer hard work and the joy of having him around. Can’t praise hips work ethic enough. He knows all the tricks to shortcut expense yet end up with a perfect finished result. Calarco Plumbing if you need him.

We used Tasmanian Electrical Services for the sparky work because Jin was working. Greg came and he was a lovely man, full of fun and went to with gusto. Though he is a bit slower than Jin he did his best and got all our extras done in tidy and finished manner. I’d call him again.

The big surprise though was Dale, our tenant, who took three days off work and was the best supporter we could have asked for. Nothing was too hard, dirty or boring for him. He ran to the hardware to get extras, helped, joked, worked like a house elf and was excellent company.

I know, I’m raving but the three men got five days worth of jobs done in three, with a bit of time to spare.

Our cottage let us keep the room till 7pm for only a $50 extra charge and were very accommodating.

While Johnny took a last minute shower before we left I went and watched the sunset from the waterfront which is two streets away from the cottages. Heavenly. It was a serene moment and I probably shouldn’t have ruined the spell by clicking pics but I wanted to share the magic with you lot. No filters have been used to enhance these shots in any way. Not even cropped, this is how they came on the phone.

All in all a successful and productive adventure. Currently Johnny and I are at Launceston Airport ready to go home on the 8.40pm flight. I am bushed, and I hardly did anything except point, organise and pay. He must be shattered.

Can you believe it? We arrive at Sydney Airport and standing one taxi rank away from us is Andrew Denton. I told Johnny and he was so excited because he and Anna-Maria LOVE him. So I sent him off with my camera to take a selfie and tell Andrew how much his family love him. Watching it was beautiful, I think it made Johnny’s whole trip and Andrew Denton looked really pleased that someone had bothered to go thank him for all his hard work.

It was a really nice moment. Thank you Andrew Denton for treating Johnny with such affable respect.

Friday 7:

My head is not right today. I’m not sure what’s going on but my focus is bad. I’m going to rest for the day because we have a crew coming tonight. See you later. I’m going for a big long soak in the bath. Bath and Body Works Pretty As A Peach bubbles, Madonna Truth or Dare Naked lotion and Guerlain Mitsouko EdT. I am a peach princess.

Tonight was HUGE. A whole crew of us got together for Pumpkin Soup dinner at ours then we all went to Parramatta Winterlight. There was Ice Skating, Rides, Food, Fun and general mayhem aplenty. I’m not going to give you a blow by blow account but we had a ball then trundled off to McDonalds for a midnight snack before bed. Yes, I know. we’re disgusting, but it was really fun. Here’s some pics.

Saturday 8:

Lazy morning.

Tim came out to Parramatta for lunch. We sniffed and laughed but I bloody forgot to take pics. SORRY!

No, I tell a lie. We did take a pic of my newest new arrival. Arielle Shoshana EdP. WOW! It is the fruitiest damn thing EVAH! People are saying it loses its strength after a short time but I can smell it HOURS later.

Dinner with Hyun, Steve and Alice. I’d never had Hot Pot before and though it’s not going to bump Korean BarBQ, Pizza or KFC on my faves list it was fun and delicious. We had fun chattering and eating, conversation jumped all over the place.

From there we trotted off to Messina Ice Cream and went CRAZY! It was bloody delicious.

Caught the bus home and while walking from it noticed the moon was giving full rings like a circular rainbow. The picture hardly captures the magic but does give an idea.

Phew. Home now and bushed.

Jacomo Silences PdT was my evening frag choice because Mals86 was talking about it in her Scent Diary on Muse In Wooden Shoes. Its sharp green fuzz is beautiful in the cool of a Sydney winter. Crystaline.

Sunday 9:

Beautiful morning. The dog walk was lovely. I do wish other people with dogs would pick up the poo though. I picked up three not my dog poos this morning just left in the walkways. Some people are assholes.

It’s pretty cool here in Sydney but not really cool enough for the heater so we are both rugged up. Jin finishes nights tomorrow so I’ll get some quality time with him hopefully.

I went to a local barber today. Problem is I’m getting so blind that my beard is going in all directions. So I thought I’d get an expert in to do the shape and I can maintain. He did an OK job but really it’s not perfect. Once I dyed it and did a little bit of reshaping it seems to be nearly OK. Not a biggie but all I asked for was a reshape.

Used the last of my LUSH Rose Jam bubble bath (I’m going to miss it), Kiehl’s Original Musk lotion and Keiko Mecheri Un Jour d’Ete fragrance.


OK Crew! It’s your turn. What’s your week been like? Did you spritz, meet, hang or go anywhere? What about your family & friends, see them, do stuff? Maybe you read a book that we all need to know about.
Please comment and share something of yourself, we love it.
Feel free to comment respectfully on someone elses comment too. This is all about sharing ourselves and communication. Yours may be the only positive interaction that someone has all day, take the plunge.
Portia xx

24 thoughts on “Scent Diary: 3.7 – 9.7.2017

  1. You had a fun week but busy, renovating is full on!
    I am on mid year break so am walking dogs twice a day, Billy turned one today and we went swimming at the river. Got haircut and am reading a lot. I have a book about the history of smiling…apparently not done at the court of Louis 14 because of bad teeth and also to appear aloof and important.
    Clean sheets tonight, a small spray of Ambre Fetiche on pj’s and Sunday is done.
    Have a great week!


    • Hey JackieB,
      Isn’t walking the dogs nice. Even when they are not behaving perfectly I still enjoy our rambles.
      OOOOH! I love the sound of the smiling book.
      We have clean sheets too. Because I was away this week Jin got a second week out of ours (I swear he is a SCRUB made good-ish) and I couldn’t stand to wait till tomorrow. Last of my L’Occitane Lavande EdT on the sheets.
      Yeah, you have a great week too.
      Portia xx


  2. Looks like a fun week once again for you Portia. This was a very big week for me.

    My book reviewing hobby is going great guns. I am now in the top 40 Australian book reviewers on Goodreads. I also had a third review quoted by a publisher on NetGalley, so I’m also now a NetGalley Top Reviewer. On top of all that, I had a book review posted as the Saturday question on APJ, which was quite a pleasant surprise.

    Thursday was a biggie; the day I became a granddad. My son and his partner had a little boy. It was a pretty traumatic birth, taking almost two days in the hospital, and he had to be vacuumed out because he was facing the wrong way. Still he got there in the end, and everybody survived in pretty good shape.

    Friday my brother and his wife jetted home from Hong Kong to celebrate their 20th Anniversary with a big party at the pub they had their wedding reception in. Seems ironic that they’d leave China for their china anniversary, no? We took the opportunity to take him to lots of football, and we got to see my team Melbourne win a heart-stopper over his team, Carlton. His Collingwood-supporting wife and kids were even less thrilled but I think we all had fun.

    Seems almost inconsequential to talk scent after that news, but here’s what I wore through the week: Slumberhouse Zahd, Lorenzo Villoresi Yerbamate, Frederic Malle Dries van Noten, Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme (vintage on one wrist and modern on the other), Escentric Molecules Kinski, Amouage Memoir Man and Tom Ford Tobacco Oud.


    • O M G Greg! Your week was AWESOME!

      Congratulations on all the wonderful news. You are the Book Guru, I love it.
      I forgot to tell you that you scored the Saturday Question? Sorry Greg. Slipped my mind. X

      Babies, GRANDAD? Gawd, I had no idea you were in that league. For some reason I thought you were at least 15 years younger than me. I hope your Grandchild has a peaceful and productive life full of people who genuinely like him.

      20 years. It seems like so much.
      How did the vintage & modern VC&A Pour Homme differ?
      Portia xx


  3. I love your diaries. Rose Jam shower last night after too much big spray while sitting out on the deck after dinner.


    • Hiya KateSpritz,
      Rose Jam fixes EVERYTHING!
      Next year I’ll remember to buy a litre.
      Portia xx


  4. It was a tough week here in Ohio. My back was out and my horse colicked. So, I had a vet out and was at the barn walking him for five hours and three hours the next day monitoring. We both are better now but he needs to drink more water! You really can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.


  5. What a week you have all had!! It is by putting down into words what happens that I think the enormity of a single week can be best appreciated. Reading everyone’s comments is heart warming. I get a tiny glimpse into who you all are. Human stories are endlessly fascinating.

    The highlight of my week was catching up with Damien; a fellow frag head. He is such a joy. I keep telling him I have adopted him. We are so very similar in a lot of ways, though our lives appear polar opposites. I can be myself around him and not be judged. He also has marvellous taste in scents.

    I also discovered Hermes’ Brin de Reglisse. Oh my giddy aunt!! It has stunned me. I need a bottle STAT. Next week. I am going to get the 4 x 15 ml travel set. That way I get Cuir d’Ange too. I was so smitten and fuzzy brained I said no thanks to the offer of samples by the SA. I know…I am aware I have social issues…!

    I ventured into Van Cleef and Arpels. To ask if they stock the exclusives line. In short, no, but the security and weird service is other worldly. All for some tiny stones. I was happy to get back outside to feel fresh(ish) air, hear children laugh and be able to touch things around me.

    Another week at my wonderful work place. I am so fortunate to love my job and my work place.

    I hope you all have a week filled with good health, some happiness and friendships that warm your heart.


    • Hey there Kate,
      You know I never think my weeks are big till I read back all my adventures. I know none of them are groundbreaking or will be remembered in 100 years but still, it’s a full week.
      Hermès Brin de Reglisse is stellar. What a fabulous frag. YUM! I have a couple of the 15ml travel sets. They’re perfect for travelling but also good to have things you know you’ll never use 50ml of.
      VC&A in Sydney? How freaky is it? Someone needs to tell them it’s super intimidating having four people come at you with formal attitude. Also, I wish they had their fragrances in store, right now it smells sterile.
      Yeah, you have a good week too.
      Portia xx


  6. I have vintage Silences, It used to be super cheap in the US and may still be (Have not checked prices lately). It is well made but it is a bit too intense green for my comfort. But there is no doubt you immed. get the connection with other green icons such as Chanel No. 19. I like Chanel no. 19 but the best green fragrance I have smelled may still be vintage Vent Vert from 70s-80s or before that (I cannot exactly date my bottle).


    • I think Silences PdT is quite affordable. they must have made gallons of it before they were forced to change the formula Fazal.
      Vent Vert! Amazing.
      Portia x


  7. I recently purchased a sample of Arielle Shoshana EdP and I love, love, love it. I have enough perfume for umpteen zillion lives but I am considering a full bottle of this! I raved about this perfume to a local bar manager (she is interested in perfume so I share info and samples) and she just messaged me saying that they have a new passion fruit liqueur sample and hubbie and I need to try it! Wearing passion fruit perfume while drinking a passion fruit/rum cocktail – sounds pretty good to me 🙂


    • O M G !! ElizabethC, you have amalgamated so many of us perfumistas other vices. Booze and Scent! Heaven.
      Portia xx


  8. Love this of course Portia!
    I had the bed to myself for three days yayyyy.. but it was nice and warm when Johnny got back.
    I wore Carven Ma Griffe and My Burberry this week to work and I loved it.
    Also your sample of Guerlain Amber is so amazing wearing it today and am so impressed since this morning so beautiful…so wow cant explain it. xxx


    • Hey Anna-Maria,
      Johnny is a freaking gem. Thanks for lending him to me.
      You smell lovely in Ma Griffe, green chypre all the way. MMMMMM
      So happy you love the Guerlain, I had a feeling you would. Yeah, Ambre Eternal is really good.
      Portia xx


  9. Hi gorgeous.

    Busy busy busy you!
    Thank you for sharing a bit of your precious week with me. X
    Never feel like I’ve done much in my week but I can hardly find time to do things… The highlight of the week was seeing the George Michael tribute concert with Sydney Symphony Orchestra on Thursday night with one of my close girlfriends. It was fun but it was also sad to be reminded the huge talent we lost last Christmas.

    Fragrance wise I wore few of the AG Orientalist collection, Dzongkha and Fleur de Chine to Palms. I must drank too much over the week to remember what else I wore… Or maybe I didn’t drink enough. 🙂

    XXX… Tim


    • Hey tim,
      That George Michael show sounds like it was fabulous. A few of my mates went.
      Yes, spending time with you is lovely. MORE PLEASE.
      Portia xx


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