Then there is a smell of sea, salt and sun block. We are very lucky to live only about 10 minutes drive from the beach, and during summer months we usually go for a swim on Saturday and Sunday mornings. At this time of the day the Indian Ocean is still asleep, the occasional waves are gentle and soothing, the colour of the water is indigo blue or emerald green depending on the breeze direction. Seagulls soaring in the sky, dolphins frequently frolicking not far from the water edge – total bliss!
My other favourite summer smell is that of a salty and refreshing sea breeze in the afternoon. It's called the Fremantle Doctor because it appears to come from the nearby coastal city of Fremantle, and it brings welcome relief from the summertime high temperatures.
I also like the smell of crispy white linen after a day in the scorching heat on the washing line, the smell of gin-and-tonic with a slice of lime on the back veranda at sundown, the overwhelmingly sweet and intense smell of jasmine overhanging the back fence.
And there is one more smell! It's the distinctly melancholy smell of memories - smoke from braziers, raspberry jam cooking in a large enamel bowl, wet asphalt after pelting showers, short starry nights and vacations that everybody looks forward to...