what's up?


I planted, a while ago, red leaf beet (Mangold), and it sort of grows well, in a large box on the veranda. But I do not think it is leaf beet really; having discussed it with my neighbour who is very knowledged: We both came to the conclusion that it might be beetroot. Maybe it was not labelled correctly in the garden market? Maybe it still is red leaf beet but it does not grow well in boxes and decided to put all the energy into the ground bulbs and not the leaves?

Well, I guess “you never know what you gonna get”. I for my part love beetroot, but am the only one in the house, and I for my part feel that I know what we gonna get in Europe, with the Euro; a mess. Actually, we are there already in a messy swamp where everybody has an opinion from the financial and other experts to the politicians, and every opinion has a grain of truth, where a country is bankrupt and everybody knows it, and where a currency that was intended to be strong and stable got weak and the reason for many worries.

Why I mention this here, on my perfumery blog: Because it is relevant if you run a business. You can feel this uncertainty everywhere. It adds to an already toxic mix of uncertainties that makes companies stop investments, consumers buy more carefully or not, and makes federal banks pump more money into flooded plains where it does not seem to do much. Maybe because the plains are sort of infertile?

In all the uncertainties that linger there in the Eurozone: I stopped thinking about what happened and what should be done. But I really feel for the people in Greece, and other countries in Europe’s south. It’s more than rough there; for many it feels like a trip to Africa’s shores and I am not talking about palms and cool drinks on the beaches but medication that got out of financial reach and malnutrition and youngsters without any perspective of getting any kind of job.

In the end, it is all a big reminder that we are not entitled to prosperity and happiness. Citing from the US declaration of independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Pursuit. But no guarantee for happiness. And for sure no guarantee for wealth and money.

So… I watch my beetroot/mangold growing and am really curious where we will end up in the next months.