I am sensitive to smells (and noise). I can’t abide incense or strong cologne or that fake cinnamon scent that’s sprayed on pine cones sold in the supermarket at the end of the year (gag).
But there are certain scents I adore.
For example, I love the salty smell of the ocean. When I was a kid, we used to go camping at Kiama every summer. We’d drive north east from Canberra, through Goulburn, then take the Illawarra Hwy up and over Macquarie Pass. There was a point on the eastern side of the range when the ocean breeze would hit us. We’d have the windows down and we’d all inhale that briny promise of summer days to come. Ahhhhh.
And then there’s eucalyptus. Although I’m 8,000 miles from my native land, I’m lucky that gum trees flourish here in Southern California. When I walk through a stand of eucalypts on a summer day, I stop and inhale deeply, and I can almost hear the kookaburras laughing.
What’s your favourite smell, and what does it make you think of?