Hey there APJ Crew,
I really dreamed that this week would be a slow one. BLOODY HELL! Quite the opposite. What a week. Even got a three night holiday to Tasmania in with Jin, Kath and Alice.
Scent Diary: 25.11- 1.12.2019
Jin woke me. Off to Aquarobics. It was fun. First photo is a fence hedge of Star Jasmine on the way into the Sydney Olympic water Park. Smells heavenly in the mornings.
SOTMorning: Calypso by Robert Piguet
Home and clothes washing, dusting, bathroom cleaning. Things are getting OLD here. The sheet tore while taking it off the couch (so the dogs can sit with us). This Bath Sheet is the last surviving piece from a set that Mum bought me as a leaving home gift in 1986. It has been in almost constant use for all those years and I think it’s reached its last wash. One more week of use and it can go to its rest. It’s nearly T Shirt fabric thin in the middle and the edges are falling apart. Sentimentality has given it probably two or three more years of use than it should have had.
It’s 2.30pm and the carpet’s vacuumed and tiles washed, clothes washing finished and hung.
I’m nearly finished the TRVIA Q&A as well. Today has been very productive.
SOTAfternoon: New Tradition by ETRO
RIGHTO! Finished TRIVIA Q&A before 6pm. House done.
Making me laugh today
SOTEvening: Vintage Shalimar extrait by Guerlain. PHWOAR!!
Grabbed a bus and train to meet Jin and his friend YoonMi for dinner.
I thought it was just dinner but Jin had to do a little electrical work before we went. SHIT! I was SO hungry.
We had Chicken and Vegetables Korean BarBQ! It was delicious. I forgot to take pics, sorry.
Home. I’m bushed. Time for bed.
SOTBed: Eau My Soul by 4160 Tuesdays
Jin fell asleep on the couch and I slept like dead people till 9am. HEAVEN!
SOTMorning: Pichola by Neela Vermeire Creations
There were dumplings for breakfast and fresh squeezed orange juice (yeah, he puts it in an old OJ bottle). I feel so loved and spoiled.
Paid a bunch of bills. Finalised my Australian Christmas Card send out. Got the TRIVIA stuff together.
Got gorgeous and went to work.
SOTEvening: Divine EdP by Divine perfume. Had two lovely, out of the blue compliments on it too. Aldehydic floral done so beautifully.
Came home, got cleaned up.
Went grocery shopping. I should NEVER be let in there alone. Bought all the nuts, yoghurt, rice crackers and cheese. Grabbed little tomatoes, strawberries and a bunch of other stuff.
GRIMM! on Netflix.
SHIT! It’s 4am!!
SOTBed: Bohea Boheme by Mona di Orio. Weird assed green thing that has a hit of tomato leaf and some other green thing. It’s so beautiful but also slightly off kilter. LOVE IT!
It’s weird having the dogs away. I still get myself up in time to feed and walk them.
SOTMorning: Sancti by Liquides Imaginaires. A lovely soft incense that billows around me for hours.
Went to the Post Office to send my Australian Christmas Cards. PHEW! All done. There are packages there but I didn’t want to lug them all day.
Bus & train to town.
This is what the walk to Barangaroo looks like. Breathtaking on this perfectly blue day.
Arriving 30 minutes early at Barangaroo I texted my buddy Craig. He came down for a cuppa and chat but I forgot to take a photo. SOZ!
Tim joined us. He was my original catch up date. So much to talk about and we might have given each other some Xmas cheer.
Alice and Seb then came and met me. We walked around the corner and had lunch. VERY healthy bowl of chicken and veg.
For context Seb was the guy I was in love with directly before Jin. Isn’t he a honey? and amusing.
After lunch Alice went upstairs to work. Seb and I walked to Martin Place where he works. It was a really nice stroll in perfect weather. We had YEARS of catching up to do.
Evie works two doors up so we had ourselves a coffee and catch up too.
Train and bus home.
Popped into the Post Office to collect packages. YAY! Both for me. One pack had a pre-loved original bottle of Eau de Gloire by Parfum d’Empire that I bought from a friend on the FB Sale Docs.
Here are the new AussieBum undies I bought. The yellow and red pairs for NYE and NYDay. This is the first time in years that I’ve bought undies that aren’t in the black/blue/green colourways. I keep it like that so I only have one wash to do of them while on holidays. MUCH simpler. It’s nice to have some crazy colour back in my life though.
Home. Already done 7.5k steps!! Collapse.
Had an hour nap
SOTEvening: Midnight Oud by Juliette Has A Gun. Still one of my favourite rose/oudh combos.
Off to work at Greystanes Inn. It was a really good night. Loads of teams and laughs.
SOTNight: Eau de Gloire by Parfum d’Empire. So good.
I slept really poorly last night. No reason. Nothing running through my head. Kept waking up with a dry mouth and needed to wee. Shit, I’m old. Ha ha ha ha.
Jin was up and about making breakfast by the time I surfaced but instead of breakfast I stuck with coffee.
Watered all the plants. Emptied the bins. Packed up my backpack. Locked windows and doors.
Had a quick half bath.
SOTDay: Scent by Costume National
Jin and I are off to Tasmania today. TinaG won a couple of nights accommodation and gave them to us. SO COOL!
Bus & train to the airport.
Our flight was delayed by an hour or so. Thank everything we have cards for the lounge and could chill out there for a couple of hours with free food & drink and comfy leather lounges looking out over the airport. Very chill.
Arrived in Launceston, grabbed our hire car and headed out for Hobart. It’s a 2-3 hour drive and the skies were incredible, looked like a watercolour.
We had to stop on the way so I could do a wee. I’m looking at the tree I’m weeing on and thinking of a Cezanne painting that we had seen in the AGNSW exhibition of some treasures from St Petersburg Hermitage. Here they both are. I’m so glad that they are really similar and that I’m not going crazy.
Jin took me out for Italian! YUM! We shared garlic bread, pizza and pasta. SO YUMMY! I took a photo of the garlic bread to make Kath jealous and then forgot to take any of the real food.
Afterwards we hit Woolworths and grabbed some supplies, including tomorrow nights dinner.
Slept fitfully but well. We finally got out of bed around 9.30am. I diid a shit job of toast, ham and fried eggs. It was OK but not the delicious and grand breakfast I’d envisioned.
SOTDay: White Queen by 4160 Tuesdays. Jin wore MKK by Serge Lutens.
Jin drove us up to the Hobart Lookout on Mount Nelson at Signal Point. Wonderful views and the old Signallers Cottage has been turned into a cafe with a fabulous view. Very romantic.
We headed out to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. First we saw the countries only dedicated exhibition of the awful way the British treated out indigenous people. So shameful, I found myself crying in sympathy. It’s an open sore we seem unable or unwilling to help heal. There were also cases full of stuffed Tasmanian fauna, many extinct. My favourite is the Turbo Chicken, thinking it should become the new mascot of Turbo Trivia.
Here are Jin and my portraits of each other on the amazing spiral staircase in the gallery. That’s me at the very top, against the louvre lined skylight.
Then we met our tour guide Judith who captured us and took us on a riveting journey through the building and history of Tasmania (Hobart centric), all the way from the Dutch, French and British explorers to modern day in and outside the museum. Then she took a second tour into the gallery where we met an old friend John Glover, one of the earliest moved to Tasmanian painters who really tried to show the indigenous people as they were and our countryside as best he could. It’s a very interesting clash of cultures. This is a Bunny painting that I particularly love.
Afterwards we went across the road to the marina pier and had lunch with a view.
Home and napped a bit. Did some computer catching up.
Jin snoozed on the couch.
Went to the airport to grab Alice & Kath! YAY!
On the way home we saw a sign that the lights had now spelled how WE say this brand. Ha Ha Ha Ha ha!!
Up bright and early. We all showered and dressed.
SOTDay: White Queen by 4160 Tuesdays
Out to Salamanca Markets where we first brunched and then wandered the markets. So many fabulous things that I forgot to take many photos. We had a fantastic time though.
MONA Museum of Old and New Art was our next stop. Slightly annoyingly, they don’t have tours. You get a self drive tour iPod thing. It’s incredibly frustrating to not be given at least a small road map of the artists intent and I found myself riveted with the pieces but with no knowledgable response to them. VERY frustrating. So much incredible art and I won’t go back there again.
It was really exciting to see a Niki de Saint Phalle Black Nana among the works. I was able to give the guys a little run down on her and her art. That was cool.
We ended up down at the restaurant having a little brain restorative respite. It was so gorgeous and peaceful.
Then we drove up to Launceston to our beautiful old farmhouse turned Guest House. The roses were in full bloom and outstanding. Many of them with fabulous fragrances and heftily fed but more or less left to grow wild. No filter or colour grooming used here.
The four of us headed into town and had one of the best Indian meals of our lives. Spectacular food. Then we wandered around the docks of the marina and nearby parkland to settle our overfilled tummies. PERFECT night to be out with my besties.
Up and breakfasted with the girls.
SOTMorning: White Queen by 4160 Tuesdays THUNK
They had a later flight so we drove, filled the petrol in and returned the Hire Car.
Homeward bound on the 9.30am flight back to Sydney.
Train to Parramatta
Jin bought us Thai Food for lunch
STRAIGHT into a bath for me. Cleaned, shaved and readied for work tonight.
SOTEvening: Nuda by Nasomatto
Charlie brought the dogs to Austral Bowling Club after work tonight. Boy are they glad to see me and then to be home. YAY!
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