The Prompt – My Favourite Smell

The Prompt for this week is a topic and it is:
My favourite smell…



My favourite smell is the sea

That salty, seaweed smell evokes such vivid childhood memories of weekends spent having fun, swimming, sailing, messing around in rubber dinghy’s or playing on the beach.

As a little girl I always wanted to live by the sea and when Hubbie and I got married and had our first Son I finally got my wish and we moved to the part of the Essex coast where I spent most of my childhood.

Eldest son wasn’t the easiest of babies truth be told, in fact he was quite a handful in my young and inexperienced hands. Every single day, without fail, I would put him in his pram and we would take a long walk along the sea wall which was right at the end of my road.  I was lonely in those early days as a new mum with a demanding baby but those walks along the sea wall were good for me, they got me out of the house and gave us both some fresh air which thankfully made eldest son sleep, which he rarely did!

When we immigrated to Canada I felt the need to be by water and although Lake Ontario is a freshwater lake, not salty, it is so vast that it feels like the sea.  I just knew that was where we needed to settle.

I regularly walk along the lake shore here and, just like those walks I did as a new mum, it’s acts as a therapy for me.

In the summer we get a build up of algae that drives locals mad because it smells like seaweed and while I nod, as if to agree with their proclamations of disgust, I inwardly smile at the familiarity of the scent.

When I am feeling lonely, sad or homesick I take a walk down to the lake and I sit on the beach, close my eyes and listen to the waves lapping at the shoreline, I inhale deeply and fill my lungs with the aroma of the sea. It brings back a hundred different wonderful memories, and it comforts me because it smells like home.


11 thoughts on “The Prompt – My Favourite Smell

  1. Mummy Tries

    How fab that you got your wish to live by the sea – sounds like it was the best medicine for you & your son in those early days! Lake Ontario looks gorgeous #ThePrompt

  2. Holly Nelson

    Mmmm,,,the smell of sunny days at the beach – salt spray and seaweed and suntan lotion and even the smell of the sun heating up the world. It evokes a million childhood memories!

  3. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    This is lovely Lou, I too adore the smell of the sea, and I can just imagine you nodding along, with a secret smile, at the comments about the algae 🙂 It is amazing how smells can bring such strong memories and comfort x Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x

  4. Sam

    You reminded me of days walking around in a lonely daze with my newborn first time round – so lovely that at least you had the comfort of the sea shore to look out at. And so lovely that you are able to live somewhere that feels so right for you too X #theprompt

  5. Mums

    How odd Lou, when something troubles me I too sit on that same sea wall and contemplate the water in all it’s states, calm as a millpond, or rolling up in the beach, or white horses and waves crashing, taking deep breaths of the salty seaweedy air, just love it. I think it’s because its a constant, been there forever, albeit different day by day, tide in or out..then there’s the mud!

  6. Sophie Lovett

    I can so completely relate to this – there is something about the sea that is so evocative and comforting. We went for a walk after supper last night and just stood by the shore inhaling the scent of the seaweed at low tide and marvelling at how lucky we are to live here! I’ve always wanted to live by the sea – I keep having to pinch myself now that we finally do 🙂 x

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