Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wiff?


Can anyone recognise these flowers?
I've filled the cottage with them today.
Delicate spiky petals in a starburst shape.
Wild garlic, grown on the borders of the field.
I adore the smell of garlic, I can't get enough of it......the cottage now smells like an Italian restaurant and I couldn't be happier.
You can't smell dog!

When I wear aftershave, I wear Clinique HAPPY 
I like the smell of fairy soap and find that carbolic smell of old hospitals strangely nostalgic.
And I love the aroma of pea and ham soup when it is simmering.

Roast chicken, fried onions and newly laid tarmac are favourites too as are honeysuckle and jasmine and I must not forget to add butterscotch angel delight, fresh coriander and nappy cream to the list.
But tonight, I'm happy with garlic

What's on your list?


89 comments:

  1. Tarmac, Chanel: 19, Coco Noir and Crystalle Vert, line hung washing, the sea, basil and Louis when he was a baby. You've reminded me that I need to find some wild garlic for a pasta recipe. xx

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    1. You have expensive tastes!

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  2. Puppy breath, horse and saddle, freesia, Clinique's Aromatics lotion.

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    1. George's breath could strip paint

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  3. I like the smell of gasoline when you fill up the car. Reminds me of going with my dad on this errand as a tiny girl. Also bergamot [Earl Grey tea]. Lemons. Salt air. Pug paws [Frito corn chips feet.]. New wool yarn. Honey.


    lizzy

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    1. Yes petrol! Another fav

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  4. Magnolia flowers and gardenias.

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  5. They do look kind f like garlic flowers.
    I remember the smell of the interior of my grandfather's 1953 Mercedes. and his musty basement where I spent many happy hours.

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    1. Leather seats in old cars oh yes..... The smell of new car makes me very car sick

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  6. Wild garlic is growing in my garden. Love the smell out there but I'm not really a fan of garlic so wouldn't bring it indoors. My favourite smells - tea roses, summer jasmine, grilled bacon, the washing as it's taken off the line. Liz has reminded me that I the smell of damp wool!

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    1. Damp wool...off to dampen my jumper

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  7. Wrights Coal Tar soap and Dettol.

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  8. Petrol, damp earth, sparklers, proper old style pubs. X

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  9. Summer rain after a long dry spell, honeysuckle, fresh sheets.

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    1. Fresh sheets oh yes.....AND WHAT DID BIG DADDY like to smell in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF?
      He loved the smell of mendacity

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  10. Totally agree with Summer rain ! and honeysuckle ... both from my Southern childhood .. I used to love the scent of whatever it was my husband wore, with a lemony scent to it .. he gave me bottles of Cartier perfume which I wear and think of him :) all happy thoughts.
    Cooking smells don't do much for me but baking smells, well, anything chocolate will work for me.
    And babies .. the smell of a clean baby :)

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    1. My childhood smell memory
      My grandmother's cold cream

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  11. Rain, fresh rosemary & lavender, spent matches, biscuits baking(American - not cookies), clean skin.
    Cedar (Grandma)
    Motor oil (Daddy)

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    1. Rain seems a popular one

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  12. In Austria people make soup from leaves of wild garlic, but every year some people die from eating the wrong leaves. They are confused with two other plants. One day in the Vienna woods I saw some Chinese women filling bin liners with the garlic leaves, in a popular area where people take their dogs for 'walkies'.
    I never eat garlic leaf soup.

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    1. After that comment neither will I

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  13. Poplar trees, old barns, bread baking,my husband's hair, kitty feet,an apple orchard on a Spring morning...... goes on and on!
    Robin

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    1. Husbands hair or husbands shampoo

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  14. New cut grass, a perfume I had as a teenager which was called fressia, old spice, reminds me of my late dad and cuticura soap and talcum reminds me of my granny. I love the smell of my dogs head, very comforting. I also love the smell of line dried washing and clean sheets. Bleach.

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    1. Bleach! Another fav of mine

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  15. Vick; sweet peas; glue; tarmac; pigs. The last one's no weirder than your nappy cream!

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    1. Pigs? Ive owned four in my time and never sniffed any of them

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  16. Lilacs, honeysuckle, and peonies
    Fresh cut hay, grandparents smoke house while hams were being smoked
    A freshly made Sri Lankan chicken curry

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    1. Thai curry! Thats lovely too

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  17. vanilla, strawberries, chocolate, coconut, peaches, apples, cinnamon, patchouli, lavender. since I am chemically allergic, I lean towards fruits and spices for aromatherapy.

    don't forget home baked bread; no other fragrance like it!

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  18. Summer rain hitting hot pavement. Baking bread. Coffee by a campfire.

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    1. New york smell hot pavements!

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    2. Jennifer, that's exactly the smell I was going to mention - summer rain on hot tarmac (or tarseal as we call it in NZ)

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    3. What fun..freesias, fresh cut lucerne, sun dried sheets fresh on the bed. Orange blossom..roses too. Quinces stewing..brewed coffee, autumn leaves and the scent of a healthy horse (as opposed to a wormy one they have a odour you can't miss)

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  19. My husbands pillow when he's just got up to make me freshly ground coffee. Then the smell of the coffee.

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    1. When the prof gets out of bed for work i always sleep on his pillow

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  20. What do women put behind their ears to attract men? Their knees.

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    1. Karrrrboooommmmmm!

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    2. I nearly spit out a sip of G&T laughing when I read this. Dirty Tom!

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    3. Dont encourage him

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  21. Lemon Verbana.

    Garlic is always great in food but smells so different when it is on your breath afterwards.

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  22. Basil. The plant not him off Fawlty Towers.

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    1. Oh yes i bloody love basil

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  23. The smell of pipe smoke brings both my Grandpa's to mind...lilacs take me back to my childhood when I gathered huge armfuls for my Mom and Gram (she of the allergies), the smell of new school supplies (paper, pencils, rulers, erasers) take me back to Campbells book store where we got our supplies every year. I love to take a drdive out to the country and smell the 'eau de farm' on the air. Fresh cut crops, sweet corn cooking, beef stew simmering....oh I could go on forever but I'm sure you are bored by now.

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    1. Please go on, i find all the comments fascinating

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  24. The smell of Sheffield's streets after a long awaited rainfall in the summertime. They say it's the smell of ozone but I don't know about that.

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  25. coffee, freesias, baking bread, garlic, babies, melted chocolate

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  26. How did I miss this one? One of my all time favorite smells in the whole world is the spicy green smell of tomato foliage. That says "summer" to me.

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  27. Smells bring back memories and while garlic is in my diet, oh the Italian and Chinese women on our trams reeking of garlic.

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  28. Babies' heads, the hen house when I've just cleaned it and laid fresh hay down, my oldest books, a restaurant I love which was made of cedar a long time ago and which stands right on the beach next to the Atlantic Ocean, a river's low tide, clean sheets off the line, rain coming, good dirt, tea olive, butterfly ginger, my husband, Indian spices, a fresh made gin and tonic with lime...oh! I could go on for days.

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    1. Oh yes wood shavings in a hen house! Delightful

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  29. Lavender, lemon and lime, mango, the air after rain, cinnamon, lemon verbena, methylated spirits, line dried washing, clean sheets...

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  30. Freshly cut hay, saddles,bacon,garlic mushrooms,sheets that have dried in the sun, old barns waiting to be discovered.
    Fiona New Zealand

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  32. new leather car seats, fresh paint, household ''cement'' glue. Garlic and onions and herbs in olive oil, as you begin to make bolognese sauce.

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  33. A citrus grove in bloom, channel 22,
    Sandalwood, hot tea with honey, sugar cookies. Licorice. And the ozone right before a thunder storm then clean smell after the rain. The beach. The woods.

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  34. All of the above, seriously!! (except my own farts... I eat too much garlic!) oh and I love fresh spring Lilacs.

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  35. Ok! I'm not reading anyone elses list before i do mine or the list will just go on and on... My Grandmother wore Sand and Sable perfume... always think of her when i wear it.. same with Oil of Olay face cream... its just Grandma.. then theres Wysteria .. honeysuckle, jasmine.. Apple Pie baking in the oven... something about the simple smell of onions and hamburger on the stove just starts my mouth watering.. the musty smell of an old garage.... the earthy smell after a good rain... or the smell of rain coming...sugar Christmas cookies baking .. Thats all i can think of right now John.... I can't wait to see everyone's list...

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  36. The cornchip smell of a happy dog's feet is right up there. (A type of bonding peromone I believe.) Anything to do with horses or sheep. A roast dinner cooking. Eucalypt forest after rain. Roses.

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  37. mint and basil from my garden, sweet peas, the desert after a rainstorm and orange blossoms from the orange groves that blanket are valley in the Spring. Heaven.

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  38. We raised chickens for 38 years, I miss the smell of the hen house in the morning when I let them out into the chicken yard and gathered the eggs. I think I just said I liked the smell of chicken shit, oh hell.

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  39. Mayflowers, lilacs, tomato plant leaves (thanks, Jennifer!), freshly-cut wood, hay in a barn, a baby's head, onions (but not garlic), roasted ham (forgive me, poor piggy), freshly-cut grass, certain new books (glossy paper), gasoline (my dad ran a service station), the woods, the smell of "outside" on clothing when someone comes in from the wind or cold, strongly brewed tea (the first thing you could smell at our community dinners when I was young), yeast fizzing up ready to put in bread dough, pie pastry cooking, gin, ... I think I'm seeing a connection between the things I love to smell and the good memories I have of them! I wonder if that's the case for most people.

    What a great post and answers; I'm enjoying them all.

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  40. Fresh ground coffee and fresh ground cumin,, lilacs, a good gin, telephone poles and certain old books, some days my cat but always my hubby's neck...

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  41. Lilacs, peonies, freshly ground coffee, leather, gasoline and body filler, cedar, onions frying, a new box of crayons, clothes / sheets fresh off the line, cinnamon in baking, juicy fruit gum, lemons and limes, a potting shed, a horse barn, a warm cow stable on a cold winter morning, Rawleigh's ointment... I love reading everyone's list! -Jenn

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  42. Germolene, baby wipes, hyacinths, mock orange flowers, marzipan, the ocean, fresh mowed grass, Brut cologne my husband used when we first met, vanilla and toast. My dad loved the smell of carbolic soap, I hated it, it reminds me of primary school.

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  43. I live in the UK, but somehow it took me an age to work out that the magical sounding fairy soap was related to Fairy liquid!

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  44. I love the scent of bedding dried outdoors on the washing line. Roses, Bluebells and wallflowers always remind me of playing in the park when I was a child. I used to love the smell of violets but I now 'smell violets' just before we get a bad news phonecall. I dread it when it happens.

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  45. Lemon zest, old damp stonework, cornflowers and gorse flowers, old books, and that peculiar mixture you get at fetes and car boot sales of wet grass, cigarette smoke, perfume, frying onions and burnt sugar :)

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    1. Oh! And Wrights cold tar soap!

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  46. Patchouli, thyme, sage, sandalwood, petrol, freshly mown grass and the smell inside a shed on a hot day which reminds me of my Grandad's shed when I was a little girl. Line dried washing and my Granddaughters fresh from a bath and in their jammies.

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  47. Burning Amber, followed by Night Scented Stock for afters.

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  48. Lavender, roxemary, blossom .... and yes garlic are some of my favourite smells. I never understand how people want advice on how to get the smell of garlic off their fingers after handling it. I spend as long as possible sniffing my hands to enjoy it after making tea :-)

    At the moment since giving up all dairy I seem to have a supersonic smelling ability ... it's my new super power. Every day scents are so strong .... both good and bad ;-)

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    1. That should say rosemary .... dyslexic typing fingers today methinks :-)

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  49. Favourite smells are Lavender, newly mowed lawn, and hay.

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  50. Jo Malone, Lime Basil . . . oh my!
    Early Morning Fresh Air . . . after a rainy night . . . yum.
    Sheets dried outdoors on a windy day . . .

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  51. Fresh sheets, lily of the valley, lilacs, the air after a thunderstorm, sex, fresh sheets, sea air, newly baked bread, basil, rosemary, freshly mown grass, hot melted unsweetened chocolate, burning maple leaves in the fall...

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  52. picking strawberries in a field, Lilacs, sheets dried in the sunshine and anything vanilla.

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  53. Frying onions and bacon.
    Arilx

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  54. Horses, daphne, warm dog paws, Cecile Bruner roses, baking brownies, roasting turkey, bacon, peonies, lilacs, the tobacco smoke from my father's pipe, warm leather. I can't stand the smell of roquefort cheese or tomato aspic.

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  55. I love so many smells but what I love most is how incredibly grounding smells can be. They seem to be hardwired into our memories. The other day I bent over the disgusting jar of ciggie butts outside our front door and emptied it into the rubbish bag. The fug of stale cig smell reminded me of my Dad, immediately. It's a vile smell but it was a lovely memory.

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