Category Archives: fragrant thoughts

December Feeling, Gift-giving

When December comes everyday living becomes slightly different. Days pass faster, but not just because the curtain of the night covers the sky around 4 PM, we’re also being drawn into a hypnotizing spiral of compulsive Christmas shopping & ticking the boxes on the list of our accomplishments. Not to mention that it’s a perfect month for everybody at work to suddenly be reminded about the deadlines drawing near. Add it all together, don’t forget to include not enough sleep in this equation. Plus a bunch of caffeine. Can you feel it? The pressure is on.


There are days when the gravity of planet Earth feels too much for me. Days when you’d rather stay at home, in bed, alone, because you feel that that you’ll be pushed down to the ground on the first occasion. Still I take every day head on. But short days are like energetic vampires that suck the power from my body. I am tired lately. Tired of many things. Advent should be a happy time of Holiday preparations. It’s not – because the commercial craze of Christmas started at the end of October here. Too many sparkling lights seen too early take away the happiness of looking forward to them. The charm is gone.

But I guess I’m not broken yet for there are still things that sparkle joy at this time of the year. Very little things that make me unexpectedly happy. On previous weekend I prepared gifts for my friends from abroad. I don’t know them in person, I have no idea what their voices sound like but they are MY friends. Trying to create memorable presents and assembling them in these 2 boxes really made my heart feel warm. Or going to the cinema to see Frozen 2 with a colleague from work on Wednesday. Animated tales are so beautiful these days. Wish I were like Elsa and let it go…

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November Days – Postcard from the Seaside

Last weekend we went with my parents to visit my babcia who lives up in the north part of Poland. It was the perfect opportunity to pay her a visit as it was a long weekend (due to Independence Day on November 11) The weather was rather dreadful on our way and it started pouring soon after our arrival. Quite a classic weather for November. Luckily on Sunday it made a 180° turn and the day greeted us with a crisp but sunny weather. After breakfast we all went to the cemetery to light up a candle for my grandpa (belated one from All Saints’ Day) and then we went to the seaside.

I’m more mountains than a sea person. I don’t hate sea at all but I enjoy it the most off season. Just like that particular November day last week when we went. Wide, sandy beach was almost empty, only a bunch of people were walking along the coast or playing fetch with their dogs. It was cold, gloves and a cap were a must if you didn’t want to run away after 10 minutes. The water was relatively quiet, with some gentle waves hitting the shore in regular intervals. The sea in the Autumn also has a particular sound to it. It’s a bit eerie and a bit comforting, nostalgic. But I like it.


That Sunday the seaside air smelled of salt, iodine, sand dust. Also a bit of pine trees that grow there and of fish and kelp from Baltic Sea. It created an atmosphere that makes you want to slow down your tempo. Local restaurants and cafes were still open so we stepped in for a cup of something hot before going back. I think I’m still in the slow mode. I’m taking it easy with the blog lately but to be honest that’s mostly because I don’t have many fragrances left that I’d want to tell you about. I expected that after not going to Pitti. Most don’t think about you when you’re not there.

I’ve been told by a friend that I’ve been missed in Florence, that people were asking about me. But then again, nobody reached out to me during or after Fragranze that they’d like to share their new work with me. I can’t generalize as there were a few exceptions. I’ll be fine in one way or another as surely there is a solution to this feeling. Sooner than expected we’ll be greating 2020 and everything will begin anew. Just like every year. Maybe it will bring me more luck in terms of finding a new job? Who knows. For now stay warm… and fragrant! I had a craving for marine notes after this trip.

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