Of our five senses perhaps the sense of smell and taste are undervalued, we can go through the day without consciously appreciating them.
I have always had an acute sense of smell , perhaps to compensate for my short-sightedness.One whiff of a satchel and I'm back in a gymslip, the scent of roses and I'm walking to school on a Summer's day, the smell of a gaslamp and I'm playing cards in a caravan. The list is endless.
My Dad also had a heightened sense of smell. It often caused problems. I've told you in a previous post anout my disappointing Duty Free purchases.
One sunny day when I was about ten,my Dad and I were in the garden doing something with my stilts when a tantalizing aroma of bacon frying wafted around us. He winked at me, "your Mum's making us a bacon sandwich' he said. We both went eagerly into the kitchen only to discover she had decided to give the dog a treat. My Dad said"you'll give me an ulcer, you've got all my gastric juices going'. That sounded so cool to me.. That was him all over, no recriminations, just a quirky turn of phrase that made ordinary situations more interesting.
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Here are thyme, oregano and rosemary