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The Man in a Bow Tie

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Hello there from an absolute Newbie.

I'm Leonard Payne and I am

The Man in a Bow Tie.

I've started this thread for 3 main reasons:

a. To say "Hello"
b. To describe how I came to be here
c. To provide a commentary on my progress, highs and lows, so far.

Firstly then, "Hello" - I live in the UK on the edge of the Peak District.
I'm 68 years old.

A couple of years ago, I had a massive heart attack which necessitated me retiring.
I was getting bored with sitting on my posterior and people said "you need a hobby."

I had been reading in a general kind of way and came across this chap called "Luca Turin"
and was fascinated by his theories. I am always fascinated by outliers, by those who say "The emperor's got no clothes on",
by those who make rude noises in public, by contrarians. I suspected there is more truth in his theories
than he is given credit for.

I read a little further and came across Mandy Aftel and her "Essence and Alchemy" which blew me away. She touched upon
a spiritual angle to fragrance although I had to see beyond my initial feelings that alchemy was somehow
involved in the 'black arts'. (Having said that, Mandy does come across as a reconstructed hippie - bless)

What I was able to see, though was that the use of fragrance has a long history of much use even in
the Christian tradition from which I come, particularly in the early years.

I also follow a Youtube guy called Peter, another UK native.

And so I start. I don't have much of a collection of fragrances. My meagre pension doesn't allow me to
blow £100 a time on fragrances - I guess I should try to buy some samples and get my nose used to what the
classics smell like. My favourites at the moment are both by Jo Malone.

What I am doing, is trying to create my own fragrances. Firstly and mainly with natural oils although I have one
synthetic which I am playing around with.

The notes I have bought so far are as follows:

Base Notes

Mid Notes
Clary Sage
Ylang Ylang
Rose Absolute

Top Notes
Bitter Orange
Pepper Black

One Synthetic - ISO E Super

I'm spending my first week in getting used to handling the materials
and blending a bit here and there. So far so good. I'll report on my progress.

That's it so far ...

Oh BTW - Why the Bow Tie?

I guess its a signature.

"Now that I am old
I shall wear a bow tie.
Biow ties are quirky
and I love quirky.
If you wear a bow tie, you can be
And that's OK because
You are the man in a bow tie.

You can skip even at 68
and wear interesting colours that
compliment or even clash with
your bow tie,
You can wear beautiful fragrances
and change them with
your bow tie.

My pension goes on rent and food
but my voice earns me
A sacrament to another world.

I've been practising (being odd)
since I was 18.
Not being part of the crowd.
You never realise how fast the river is running
until you decide to go
in the opposite direction
in a bow tie.

The good Doctor says
"Bow Ties are Cool".
(but I draw the line at a fez)

With apologies to Jenny Joseph - When I am old I shall wear purple

Blessings to you all

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