Saturday, 19 October 2013

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease, For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.” Don't you just love Keats's poem? I always think of it it when walking over the fields in Scarisbrick, inhaling the rich scents of Autumn, and watching the skeins of geese heading for Martin Mere. I started thinking of essential oils (never far from my mind), and wondered what would be the appropriate aromas for the season. Here are ten that sprung immediately to mind, listed in alphabetical order: Bay, Benzoin, Bois de Rose (Rosewood),Cardamon, Cedarwood, Clove bud, Ginger, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Sandalwood. What do you think? Any suggestions would be gratefully received.