The smell of rain has been given the name ‘petrichor‘, a term coined by Australian scientists in 1964, which describes the unique earthy smell associated with rain. There’s more detailed scientific explanations available online if you’re keen to go searching for more information!
I know the correct use of petrichor is usually after log periods of dry weather when the ground throws up this amazing aroma, but it still struck me as a ‘thing’ when we pulled up at my late mother-in-law’s house yesterday. The smell of wet earth was there front and centre!
It had been raining for most of our 5+ hour drive and for days beforehand. We broke our drive with a short stop to see one of our daughters and two grandchildren along the way. The rain eased up so we took the opportunity go searching for some muddy puddles to jump in – the muddier the better – said the three year old!
It’s so cute that she’s keen to teach her one year old brother how to jump in puddles, insisting on showing him and almost dragging him into said puddles 🙂
That sky after the rain!
Once we arrived at the property later that afternoon, the sky decided to put on a dazzling show and the smell of wet earth was prevalent.
No filter required with this sky!
Everything here is muddy and churned up from trucks coming to take the last effects of my husband’s family home away – the old red tractor the girls loved to play on, the scraps of metal in the paddock, the garage full of unloved and unused ‘stuff’….(churned up a bit like our emotions).
The property is going up for auction at the end of June so we are here for one final tidy up, if the weather will give us a break, but I have to say it’s looking promising today!
It’s been the Mathematician’s home for just about all of his life and I’ve been coming here since I was 17 (as the girlfriend) – so many memories, stories and life events are bound up in this place.
So while it’s sad to see it go from the family, we have to remember the fun times, the sad times and the many years of coming here as a family. It will never leave our memories.
The property in case you’re interested!
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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