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un petit coucou (a little hello)

Hello everyone,

It is April already and here on the Cote d’Azur spring is fully in bloom.  Once again the purple wisteria is covering wrought iron gates and climbing the stone walls. Even the oaks that cover the hills behind Mane and Fils are finally popping their tiny green leaves.  The birds have been celebrating for weeks now and all the love doves are busy making babies.  The rosemary is covered in little mauve blossoms and the papery pale first roses are out and even the early jasmine is covered with clusters of purple buds. Spring here is glorious: or perhaps it’s just me.  It’s my favourite time of year, perhaps since it is the time of year I was born.  Yesterday was my birthday and we celebrated in a little local bar with a potluck (of various cakes mostly) plus cans of whipped cream and a case of Spanish strawberries that I bought in Aix-en-Provence last weekend.  (What a fabulous city that is!  The market is spectacular and the two crops of interest were Spanish strawberries and French asparagus-absolute mountains of both-plus all the normal Provencal and Corsican sausages, cheeses, breads, olives wines etc- heaven!)

I am still interning at Mane and learning tons about how the industry works from the inside.  Absolutely facinating!  I will write all about it at a later date, but suffice to say that this is truly the behind-the-scenes world of perfumery that I am experiencing. It’s where it all begins; where everything is conceived and created. I just found out that there is a perfumer there who specializes in natural perfumes (surprise surprise) and so my goal this week is to get an interview with him.  The green/natural/bio revolution is true and it is necessary for everyone in the mainstream business to sit up and take notice.  Mane has an internal perfume school where they train perfumers for placement in their affiliates and I have decided to apply.  My interview is on Friday….

Next week I will have a computer again and will therefore be able to write from home again; then I can get you all caught up.

Sending all of you sunshine and visions of flowers from Grasse!

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