The free and easy life we took for granted in 2019 has somewhat disappeared and keeps retreating like a mirage BUT there IS still much pleasure to be found in small things.
My personal lockdown therapy was to decide, ritualistically, each morning what perfume to wear that day. Thanks to the very talented Sarah McCartney, independent British perfumer of 4160 Tuesdays,
I now have a much better quality selection of delightful and unusual perfumes from which to make my choice. My collection is still relatively small but contained enough variety to reflect, and help to calm, the roller-coaster of moods that I think most of us have experienced.
Sarah’s ‘Rome 1963’ was there for the days of mental isolation when to be effortlessly transported to a more exotic foreign scene that this particular EDP conjures up was a marvellous trick on the brain.
The very hottest of our 2020 summer days was reserved for my precious Violet Cologne purchased in its native Toulouse a couple of years ago...old-fashioned but frivolous and refreshing.
My favourite from Penhaligons, ‘Juniper Sling’, always gave me a boost of cheerful excitement, “Oooh there’s a party this evening...oh well, there isn’t but still...I smell nice”
Lastly, by joining in with Sarah’s lockdown crowdfunding excercise I now have the privilege of being able to spritz myself with her latest creation ‘The Waft from the Loft’. If I ever sneak the very occasional hug from another human I always get a ‘what’s that you’re wearing?!’ reaction...but in a good way. Inspired by the ancient mingling of wood, beeswax, incense and dust from the organ loft of an old Wren church in the City of London it brings perspective. These old places have seen it all before, a lot worse in fact, and are still around to remind us of a much bigger picture.
Sarah McCartney (no relation) has kept up her inspiring creativity throughout 2020, as have millions of others during these last months that I am beginning to think of as ‘the great pause’. Lots of creative baking and house renovation has taken place and now, at last, I have resumed the soap-making workshop ‘therapy’ that many of you have missed out on.
My willing guinea-pigs have approved the trial runs of the newly designed sessions and everyone agreed that we felt relaxed, safe and VERY happy to be doing something normal, albeit in a much smaller group.
There are now Beginners Workshops
, a Follow-On Workshop
and even an ALL DAY Workshop
(better value) that covers material from both. With group sizes halved I’ve had to nudge my prices up a bit but with only 3 to a group MUCH is achieved and everyone’s pace is catered for - as therapeutic for me to meet you all in person (carefully distanced of course) as for those of you attending, lost in happy hours of creativity. Check out new dates here
. There’ll be a FEW more before Christmas no doubt. Hope to see you soon!