The next to last letters are posted on Nathan’s blog (note: I have removed this link because Nathan took his blog down several years after this post was written), as Mandy and I swap tester mods of our creations in progress. I’m not done with Forest Walk yet, but the bulk of the formula is done.
The photos posted here show what it looks like around my cottage this time of year; the oaks are leafing out and the grass is still lush, creating a bright spring green scene. My cottage is on a fairly steep slope, with the back side far above ground level, offering a great view of the vineyards nearby and hills beyond. The upward hill on the front side is where I’ve planted my little garden, behind the safety of the deer fence. I just saw the family of three deer again recently (the Mom and her now teen-aged babies that we watched grow up last summer). It’s fun to have the same families here for generations.
I’m working on the Champagne reformulation. I can get quite close to the original even with my new labdanum substituted in the formula, but I also have a take-off that is more floral with more jasmine, as well as some natural oakmoss and other ingredients added. I am blank on names that would tie in to Champagne but reflect the more floral nature of this one.
I need to send some testers out, but I’ve been really busy with paperwork, taxes, orders, and some website updates. I added some soft botanical borders to the main level web pages; I’ve always wanted to add more botanical touches without being distracting, and I thought those black sidebar areas offered an opportunity. If anyone has any trouble with pages loading just let me know.