2020 March I left for Louisiana on February 19 and am sitting in the town-house on Burgundy Street as I write this. Mardi-Gras was wonderful of course, but too many people for my liking. As I get older I find myself becoming more of a loner. It’s a cold, windy day today in New Orleans, but back home in California my garden is waking up. Spring has arrived there, but things happen slower in the South, it’s just the natural rhythm. My perfect world would combine the culture and pace of the South with the weather of California. On Friday my husband and I will drive two hours to Southwest Louisiana, St. Martinville and Breaux Bridge to be exact, to visit family. When I fly home I will be relaxed and ready to dive into the work waiting for me. The garden needs planting and the Apothecary needs a good scrub. I’ve got a couple of new oils I want to make and one or two new washes. Keep a look out for them. I will also begin making new labels for the products to comply with some new laws. Spring promises to be busy.