Monday, October 05, 2015

September 30


Walking downtown for supper and a Smell & Tell.  Excellent skies.

Looking north from West Park.

Standing around waiting for my daughter.    Looking southeast.  Sun over the post office.  See the bit of rainbow sundog, about in the center of the image?

Looking east toward the library.

Looking northeast over the library parking lot.  I like the grass.  And the mostly muted colors (except for the sky!) and that RED car.

Supper was a bit strange.  A new restaurant has taken over a space in which I have eaten many times.  They've repainted, and have a completely different menu.  It felt odd to be in such a familiar space, with a totally new vibe.

It was also strange, I thought, that having told the waitress that one of the dishes we ordered was really hotter than I prefer (and that I thought the menu should be clearer about the hotness of dishes), she let us order an even hotter dish, with no warning.  At least it was expensive.....   I'm not eager to go back.

The sky was still excellent as we headed to the library.

Another interesting Smell & Tell from Michelle Krell Kydd.

Fracas is a perfume, created by perfumer Germaine Cellier. 

There was more history and culture in this presentation than there has been in previous Smell & Tells I've attended.

As you might predict, if you thought about it, life was very difficult for women in science (Cellier was a chemist), in the first half of the 20th century, and even worse for women perfumers.

It was interesting to hear how Germaine Cellier persisted in the face of obstacles, and made large marks on the face of perfumerie.  Michelle is determined to learn everything she can about the women who have made significant contributions to the art and science of perfume, and to make sure they become better known rather than being forgotten.

We got to smell Fracas, which is based largely on tuberose, and a lot of its components, including tuberose and orange blossom.

A very interesting presentation, as always.  Michelle is enthusiastic and interesting.  Her knowledge and skill set are unique in my experience.  I always enjoy the Smell & Tells.

The next one is set for the last Wednesday in October......


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