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    Smells from the past

    Beware: Off topic, but something to reminisce about as people over the age of 50 are wont to do.

    I was tonight sitting and watching something on television that suddenly brought back beautiful nasal memories.

    It brought back a time when I was a scout (as in the boy kind) and the wonderful aroma of hemp rope, linseed oil, hessian sacks and natural timber as emanated from the scout hall. There was not a single whiff of plastic in the air.

    The trigger was watching Downton Hall, an English period drama that in this case showed a guy dressed in an English military uniform.

    What about you? What pleasurable smells do you suddenly find yourself breathing in deeply -- in your imagination -- as a result of some other sensory cue?
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    Heh, another thread that could take on a life of its own. Good!

    -When I was a boy, my granddad would cook up this fish in a large, cast iron frying pan.
    The stuff stunk up the whole house, but damn, it tasted good! The smell lingered for a few days.

    -School cafeteria made these "mini pizzas". They were actually English muffins cut in half, then topped with tomato sauce and cheese. Probably not the best thing to be feeding growing kids, but it was cheap and the kids ate it.

    -Jiffy pop.
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    Yes...I remember that "Boy Scout" smell...

    There was a certain perfume that my first wife wore...and we were divorced in 1978!
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    As a teenager, I used to spend vacations helping on a small farm (500 sheep, 20 cattle) in the Yorkshire Dales, a part of the world I always think of as heaven.

    Early evening, a touch of mist, damp grass, something mineral from the limestone walls dividing the fields, and coal smoke from cottage coal fires being lit for the evening.

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    The smell of Abbott Labs. Anyone from that area will know what I'm talkin' about.
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    When I was a kid in Switzerland, there was a certain plant, whose name I have no clue, that had a very pleasant aroma. Once in a very great while, I get a whiff of that aroma, brings me back to those days.

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    Vanilla.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    Vanilla.
    Funny that. Just after the war and I used to visit my cousins in London. There was a Vanilla factory about a mile from where they lived and on a Calm day- the whole area was scented with vanilla. They also had a Gas works aswell and that smell is still one that I remember. Along with the steam trains that I used to use to get to school on.
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    From many years ago, a men's cologne called, "Aqua Di Selva."

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    My grandparents lived on a Shelby County farm, but after my grandfather died, Grandma rented out the fields, barn, gravel pit, the works.
    Hogs were raised in and around the barn, which was close to the house. Hog-farming creates a unique 'ambience' that you never forget.

    Whenever I am riding in the Central Indiana countryside and smell pigs, I think "Grandma!"
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    Used to work summers in a rose house. The smell of a handful of varieties is hard to forget. Oh, and the perfume White Shoulders. I must have had three or four aunts that wore this, and my favorite grandmother.

    In terms of real time smell, I ride specific routes because of the (in order of when they appear) lilacs, wild roses, honeysuckles.
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    [QUOTE=JanMM;12742277]Hog-farming creates a unique 'ambience' that you never forget.

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    3 years ago, I think I posted, I spent my summer vacation bike touring in Denmark.

    I think you have to be a bit pro-bike to think using all your summer leavedays in rain deluge and bacon-industry whiff is a delightful use of a summer vacation.

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    My grandparents house always smelled wonderful... my grandmother was always cooking for everyone and one never left their home feeling hungry.

    The baked bread a few times a week.

    My grandfather only had coffee in the morning and would grind his beans by hand so besides that smell, there was also that sound.

    And there was always this other smell... perfumed but not too strong that took me forever to figure out.

    MY grandparents lived through the depression and never wasted anything... my grandmother saved soap chips in a little basket and her favourite was Dove soap.

    And as far as perfume goes... Chanel No 5 does things to me and the reason for that goes back almost 30 years.

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    When I was young, my family would rent a house in Newport Beach, CA, every year for vacation. There was a very distinct "beach" smell of salt air, sand and seaweed. Typing this right now, I can smell it again.
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    The smell of a rain on the pavement after a hot dry spell takes me back to my summers as a young lad visiting my grandfather at his float house on the lake. Fresh bread and cinnamin buns baking in the oven reminds me of Mom.

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    Jade East, Lava Soap, The Helms Bakery Truck, Moth Balls, chocolate soda, the ozone from electric busses and street cars.

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    Riding along a stand of pine trees on a hot summer day.
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    This is sure to transport us all back to our childhood. Living on the outskirts of a small rural villiage as I grew up, there were many smells that, when I smell them today, I'm instantly taken back.
    The smell of cattle manure freshly spread on the fields. New mown hay, the grain and corn harvest.
    In the villiage were a sawmill, a feedmill, and a couple of woodworking shops, all adding their own aroma, and all of it very pleasant.
    Gearhubs demystified and other cool stuff.


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    I have two. When I was a boy, I lived in an all Italian section of South Philadelphia. Every fall, all of the "old men" would make wine. After pressing the grapes, in front of so many houses were many, many empty grape cases with purple stains. It was a wonderful smell and an acknowledgement of the expertise of the old world gentlemen. I still have my grandfather's press. The other smell was one that made all of us in the neighborhood drool. We spent a major portion of our free time in a playground. Right across the street was a bread bakery with a wood oven. The smell of the just baked bread would waft over to the playground. The two kids whose parents owned the bakery would run home, grab a couple of loaves and bring them back to us. Was nothing better than just chewing into that hot crusty bread all by itself. We would get back to whatever game after the bread was gone. I miss those days.

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    The smell of low tide along the salt marsh. Just thinking of it draws a vision of late afternoon and the skimmers flying through and a young me clamming or snorkling for scallops, mussels or something. I left it long ago but a salt water marsh smelling of the outgoing tide will never be gone.

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    There are two smells that remind me of being 4 or 5 years old (circa 1965), when my parents owned a boat and every weekend in the summer we'd go water skiiing on the Allegheny River with a bunch of their friends.

    - there's a type of Coppertone sunscreen I use now that smells exactly like the Coppertone sun tan lotion from those days

    - there's a generic similarity to the smell of cheap domestic lagers (which these days I do my damndest to avoid) that reminds me of the Piels, Michelob, Schaeffer, or Iron City that my folks used to have on those boating trips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    There are two smells that remind me of being 4 or 5 years old (circa 1965), when my parents owned a boat and every weekend in the summer we'd go water skiiing on the Allegheny River with a bunch of their friends.

    - there's a type of Coppertone sunscreen I use now that smells exactly like the Coppertone sun tan lotion from those days

    - there's a generic similarity to the smell of cheap domestic lagers (which these days I do my damndest to avoid) that reminds me of the Piels, Michelob, Schaeffer, or Iron City that my folks used to have on those boating trips.
    My father was a die-hard Piels man. That might be explained by the fact that he was Scottish.

    When I was 4-5 yrs. old (circa pre-1965), we lived in a house with an attic that was so close to the roof I was the only one in the family small enough to walk around up there. It became my retreat and where I kept my beloved doll-house. The smell of hot, dry wood in the summer always takes me back there as does the sound of rain on a roof.
    Come to think of it, the hours spent in the heat of that attic have probably contributed to my ability to now ride happily along on my bike when temperatures soar to 99 degrees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    My grandparents lived on a Shelby County farm, but after my grandfather died, Grandma rented out the fields, barn, gravel pit, the works.
    Hogs were raised in and around the barn, which was close to the house. Hog-farming creates a unique 'ambience' that you never forget.

    Whenever I am riding in the Central Indiana countryside and smell pigs, I think "Grandma!"
    I'm sure she'd be just thrilled to be associated with that "scent!"
    I suppose someday my future grandchildren will associate the smell of a sweaty bike jersey with me!

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    Our house was near a creek and there was a woods behind us also I can still smell that cool but humidity laden air as it wafted into the window of my bedroom and went over me. One of the nicer memories of my childhood as opposed to some I would rather forget but that's a good one
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