Sounds and scents of Summer

May 31, 2016 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Sound and scent can be uber-evocative and these are just a few things that take me back to my childhood with grazed knees and pink (sun kissed) shoulders, and more recent pleasurable additions:

  • The thwack of leather on willow surely tops the English  summer sound 
  • Shrieking swallows in aerial bombardment
  • The bounce of a tennis ball  usually signifies the dignity of Wimbledon 
  • The once heard never forgotten nightingale song
  • The purring of a hand driven lawn mower back and forth 
  • Hissing of sprinklers
  • The cry of a seagull
  • The bing bong of an ice cream van
  • The gentle pop of a bottle of bubbly and ensuing fizz 
  • ‘I’m not in Love’ by 10cc or ‘don’t go breaking my heart’ by Elton John and Kiki Dee – long hot summer of 76!
  • Panting dog

The scents:

  • Warm tarmac (in the absence of creosote – everyone used to creosote their fences in the summer!)
  • Nivea – the original stuff..thick white cream in a blue tin with white writing – liberally applied by mothers
  • Calamine  lotion which was pink and turned chalky white as it dried (before after-sun was invented!)
  • Amber Solaire – the brown oil – before factors were thought of!
  • An English rose
  • Lavender
  • Strawberries
  • Freshly mown grass
  • TCP for bites and stings
  • The seaside (probably seaweed)

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