Tagged: scent

Lavender – and the Lost Art of Plant Stroking

Whenever I walk past a house with lavender bushes growing, especially when in bloom, I just get this craving – an absolute desire, an uncontrollable urge to… stroke it! To run my hands across the surface and to, perhaps, gently squeeze part of the flowers between my fingers – to then walk away knowing I have the intoxicating scent of fresh lavender upon my hands. I’m guessing that I am not the only one. But it’s not just lavender that does this to me. Most herbs will – mint, bay, basil, chive, tea-tree, lemon balm… the list is endless… And then there’s the more tactile plants that have a hint of fur upon them, or the fly-catching plant that curls up its fronds if it...

Hitting the High Notes

I had a day that was a bit like any day everyone has now and again. I’m sure that you’ve had something similar happen. One minute you are walking home from taking the children to school thinking about the shopping and tonight’s dinner… and the next minute you have remembered the day you swallowed a fly whilst singing a particular high note that you never had a chance of hitting. So, the question is How did my brain take such a turn? Well, let’s start at the very beginning. I used to spend my school holidays with my Aunt who lived in Wells, Somerset. (For tourist information, Wells is the smallest Cathedral city in the U.K. and well worth a visit.) We would walk into the...