Hey there APJ Crew,
We FINALLY have rain. It’s good in Parramatta and has helped cool the bushfires elsewhere. Sadly it’s not enough. Also the ash being washed into the rivers has polluted them to the point of unlivability for the fish and other water creatures. The stories of dead, dying and injured wildlives are horrifying. BILLIONS of our native and feral creatures have died with many localised subspecies completely wiped out. A lot of it is due to poor governance and lack of resources for proper management.
Meanwhile, as the populace has been choking under a literal smokescreen the government rushes to put in new laws enacting religious rights to discriminate and giving the Adani mine unlimited water usage for the foreseeable future.
Scent Diary: 13.1-19.1.2020
January 13 is the anniversary of my Mum dying. I’m not surprised and aghast at the date anymore, she went on to the next great adventure in 2001. It does leave a yawning pit in my stomach though. In her honour I’m giving myself a midnight spritz of CHANEL No 5, her going out fragrance.
Did all the clothes washing. Couldn’t sleep. Finally hit the hay sometime between 4 & 5am.
Jin woke me to go to Aquarobics at 7.30am on his way home from work.
We went. I loved being there even though I was completely groggy till halfway through. Did a couple of laps.
We went and grabbed coffees, Jin got his lunch organised.
Home and I’m not quite right today. Yeah, it’s 19 years today since Mum died but the second thing I noticed when I woke up was a couple of close people’s messages of support BAM. Also, 5 years since we put Gucci, my beautiful blonde Greyhound down BAM. Australia is still burning, 147 fires in my state alone BAM. Now the Liberal National Youth are going to Drag Queen Story Time and spreading their homophobic hate BAM and it all feels like shit. A mountain of shit.
SOTMorning: I Am Trash by Etat Libre d’Orange
Cleaned the house
Had Chinese reheats for dinner. Delicious.
Watched some TV with Jin.
SOTEvening: Vol de Nuit vintage extrait by Guerlain.
Couldn’t concentrate. Went to bed.
SOTBed: Rahele by Neela Vermeire creations
Up early. Straight to TRIVIA Q&A
SOTMorning: #7 Plata by Loewe. A very pretty, lightly green, fruity floral with a soft resinous base. Love the 15ml size too.
Dogs fed & walked. Bumped into a few of the locals with their pups. The weather is lovely and smoke has dissipated from our city air.
Grabbed Anna Maria at Strathfield Station. We had a little time before lunch so I decided to go to the Barber Shop that used to be my Dad’s Jewellery, Watch and Gift Shop. I’ve never been back since 1976 when Dad sold it. The man that bought the shop, Theo, is still there. He cut my hair and we reminisced. Some of the things in his Barber Shop are remnants of my Dad. A glass display case, shelves along the walls and a set of built in drawers. He took us out back to the residence that he has made infinitely larger and more comfortable. It was a very happy trip down memory lane for us both.
After, I took Anna Maria for her first Peking Duck at my favourite Chinese Restaurant. It’s two doors down from Dad’s old shop. Liu Rose. We had such a grand meal. MAGIC! We always have so much to talk about and plan, laughs, friends, family and reminiscences. I love Anna Maria so much.
We headed to Parramatta Westfield where I had a few things to buy and we girls had a PEDI. We also went to Chemist Warehouse and tried about 10 or 12 perfumes each! Fully fragrant.
Rocco, Anna Maria’s son, joined us for coffee. We had a chatter filled 40 minutes and then they caught their train home.
I came home and watched some TV.
Jin came home and we hung for a while.
SOTEvening: Aftelier Rose Face Elixir. It smells so good that I need no extra fragrance for at least an hour. My skin drinks it up, leaving me looking glowing and fresh.
Watched TV. Fed & walked the dogs. Did some computer stuff.
1am SOTBed: Rose et Cuir by Frederic Malle
SOTMorning: Lipstick Rose by Frederic Malle. Seeing Tara had spritzed Une Rose on Monday sent me to the Malle box. MMMM
Remember this. A simple reminder. If you’re constantly chasing them, let it go.
Lunch with Karim. We went to a Vietnamese restaurant that Jin & I often visit. I had the Beef Noodle Soup. YUM!
Home and watched TV.
SOTEvening: Eau de Sud by Annick Goutal
Off to work. Greystanes Inn was heaving. Such a fun night. This is my new love Christian, so damn cute!
Home. Jin and I walked the dogs.
HOT! Sweating in the heat.
SOTNight: Granville by DIOR
SOTMorning: Cologne du Coq by Guerlain. Something light and bright to get the day started.
Fed & walked the dogs. Hung out with Jin for a while. It was a slow paced morning.
SOTDay: Dolce Patchouli by I Profumi de Firenze
Jumped a bus & train and headed into town to meet Alice, Michael and Lisa for lunch.
I completely stuffed up where we were meeting and by the time it all worked out, Michael already had to go back to work.
Alice was going back to work after lunch so Lisa and I walked with her down to Barangaroo and wandered the waterfront till we got to the Lindt cafe in Cockle Bay and spent a lovely hour chattering.
Then we wandered back up to the CBD and down to Circular Quay where we hot the Museum Of Contemporary Art for a while and then upstairs to the cafe to rehydrate.
We caught the brans new Sydney tram a couple of stops up to Town Hall.
We then went off to Mecca Strand Arcade and did some fashion shopping while we were there.
Afterwards, Lisa treated me to a McDonalds Grand Big Mac! O M G! So freaking delicious.
Bus and train home.
On the bus I had a HUGE freak out. Supposed to be at dinner 10 minutes ago!! So manu apologies.
Off to dinner with my mate Mark and one of his girlfriends at the local Chinese. It was really good to catch up and hang out.
I’ve done over 15,000 steps today. WOW!
SOTNight: Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford.
Blessed rain here in Parramatta.
We had a couple of wet the ground a bit showers through the week. That’s good because It meant that it was ready for real rain and is soaking it up. We should have some green grass in the parks next week!
SOTMorning: Bronze Goddess. by Estee Lauder. MMMMMMMM
Jin and I lazed around. Fed and walked to dogs at lunchtime because there was a rain break. We had ham salad sandwiches.
I cleaned the house for dinner guests tonight.
SOTAfternoon: Un Bois Vanille by Serge Lutens. So crunchy and caramelised in the warmer weather, thank goodness for the woods and almonds keeping it grounded.
Went and did some grocery shopping.
SOTNight: Liberté by Cacharel
SOTEvening: Niki de Saint Phalle
Dinner with Lisa, Alice & Jin at Gordon Thai.
SOTBed: Mitsouko EdT by Guerlain.
Slept late and woke heavily.
The weather is cool and still spitting rain. The grass around our area is already starting to show some signs of regreening.
SOTMorning: Vaninight by Hermetica
Jin and I watched some TV. Netflix. Finished Grace & Frankie Season 6. We watched Seasons 1 & 2 together and I got bored towards the end of Season 3 and he watched the rest. We had some time and he really wanted to watch this season, so I caved. LOVED IT! So funny, a bit uncomfortable, real and outrageously unreal.
BATHTIME! Well, we watched TV for so long I only had time for a quick shower and shave. I do smell freshly gorgeous though. Perfect base layer for todays fragrance.
SOTEvening: Le Bain by JOOP!
Excellent night at Austral BC. We had a huge new team join us and they fit in perfectly. YAY!
SOTBed: L’Heure Mysterieuse XII Cartier. The sweetly resinous patchouli bomb. Magic.
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