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on The Amazing Power of Scent in the Wild: How Smell Can Trigger Memory

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Marinda Drake
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Beautifully written blog Kate. It is strange how the smell of a plant, or the call of a bird can bring back memories. Sometimes vivid and sometimes elusive, and it is rearly appreciation of nature and the small things that matter most.

Kate Collins
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Thank you Marinda, I completely agree with you, it’s amazing how something so small can have such an impact on the senses.

Roxanne Reid
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Lovely blog about the power of scent. For me two evocative scents that take me back to childhood are the scent of a Highveld storm, and the smell of gas, which makes me feel 8 again, on our first caravan trip to the Kruger Park.

Kate Collins
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Lovely Roxanne, those are great memories, I loved going on long car trips and lying in the back of the car or looking out the window… So many special memories.

Ian Hall
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What a lovely blog, poetical even.

Kate Collins
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Thank you Ian, I enjoyed writing it 🙂

Shveta Trivedi
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Kate, indeed a very sublime and poetic expression. Please offer this walk when I visit Londolozi next time. Smell of the first rain on parched earth has been a subject of poetry for hundreds of years in India…a scent truly unequalled and hopefully never bottled. Thank you for triggering a beautiful memory through your blog.

Kate Collins
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Hi Shveta, thank you for your lovely comment. I think it is wonderful idea to offer a sensory walk. Hopefully this can be arranged on your next visit to the bush, would love to join you. 🙂

Barbara Bethke
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The smell of a summerrain on a dry earth I think everywhere is the same, but the smell I have in my nose if I see a picture like yours of the golden hour, it belongs to Africa, I am longing for.

Kate Collins
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Nothing like Africa! 🙂 Thank you Barbara.

Magriet Kruger
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Loved going on this sensory journey with you, Kate.

Kate Collins
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Thank you Magriet, so pleased you enjoyed it! 🙂

Wendy Hawkins
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Thank you Kate for this beautiful blog! My favourite scent in the bush is of the wood when it is burnt in the fires, then I know I am in a very special place!

Kate Collins
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Thank you Wendy, that is a wonderful smell and a strong reminder of the bush and being outdoors 🙂

Jill Grady
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Beautifully written Kate. I have always found it fascinating how our sense of smell can trigger memories. I loved coming along on your journey back to your special moments.

Kate Collins
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Thank you so much Jill. It is amazing how powerful the senses can be… I have the same experiences when I revisit places or drive along roads that I have driven before (usually on road trips) – so many old memories instantly come back from the trips before.

Rich Laburn
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Interesting article and such an important part of the bushveld experience. I completely agree that scent is a massive catalyst for nostalgia. Really enjoyed the information on the Fever Tea plant, would love to know more about medicinal uses of local plants and cultures.

Kate Collins
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Thank you Rich, I agree, it would be very interesting to know more about the medical uses of local plants and cultures, – perhaps a future blog? I will look into this more – it is very fascinating

Kim Beasley
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Beautiful article and very well written. You took me there with you! Thank you!

Kate Collins
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Thank you Kim, I loved writing this, it brought back so many memories. What is your favourite scent that reminds you of childhood? Do you have one?

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