Fall is acorn season for visiting deer in our garden

Sonoma fall acorns

I’m nearly done with the new floral scent and am scaling up the formula. I’ll post more about it here on the blog, along with a link to the webpage for the scent. Some of the main notes are mimosa, orange blossom, jasmine, lilac, and beeswax/honey.

I’m also hoping to finish the chocolate gourmand in time for the holidays, but we’ll see.  I’ve taken the shopping cart down in order to have more time to work on scaling up these two formulas.

It sure feels like fall! We have a little family of deer living nearby; they graze on acorns under our oaks (we have a huge acorn crop this fall), and they reach what they can of my roses over the garden fence. The family includes a buck, a doe, and a fawn. Very cute.  We also have a skunk living nearby; we’ve not seen him, but we can sure smell him!

Here is the doe, deciding if she should ignore me and keep eating, or flee. Photo quality is poor because it is a screen shot from a little movie clip that I took with my phone.


The doe, going back to munching on my rose from outside the garden fence (I was deemed to be non-threatening). 🙂


Goldenrod in the late afternoon light. I love the warm afternoon light in fall.


Light through the oak trees.


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  1. Laurie, I’ve been thinking of you with the horrid fires in your home area. It looks like Healdsburg is Ok. Are you alright? I hope the air quality is tolerable.
    I love your pictures, and can’t wait to smell your new floral. Its sounds golden! Also the chocolate gourmand sounds like a great idea. I’ve been wearing Arquiste Anima Dulcis lately as the days cool down here in Seattle. It’s an ambery chocolate with cinnamon and cumin.

  2. Hi Laurie – Yes, I too love the afternoon light of fall. It has been very warm here in Pennsylvania, and I’m really looking forward to some cooler weather. I can’t wait to try your new fragrance!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures. I always look forward to them!!

    1. Laurie, I too I am in California and experiencing the dreadful fires that are ravaging our state. I hope all is well with you and that your little farm is safe. I look forward to your new releases. When you can please let us know if all is well with you.

      1. just posted an update. SSS is closed for now. I am at my brother’s house south of SF. We had to evacuate the fires, but we are safe. We are worried about our houses because the fire is very close (just one mile from the nearest fire) and winds can spread it quickly. Firefighters are there though, doing great work. Hoping for the best and will update when I can. Thanks so much for your concern; it means a lot to me. <3  

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