Surprisingly easy to buy online. And with next day delivery. Woohooo!

Most of my potpourri is getting on for 20 years old. It needs an ooomph and a half right now because this stuff can last 50 years and more if looked after.

Every year it gets a refresh. High strength Russian Vodka, some water, some out-of-date herbs in the kitchen cupboard, some water and a few seconds in the microwave works.

But this year I’m being more basic and natural.

Orris Root powder, lavender essential oil and rosewater.

The old-fashioned moist potpourri is best. NEVER buy supermarket dried stuff that’s so strong it numbs your entire olfactory system for a while then smells of nothing ever again. Waste of cash.