Scents of autumn; Burning wood
September 23, 2014 2 Comments
Ah, autumn, that time of year when the days get shorter and the nights get longer. Cool in the morning, but still warm in the afternoon. It’s that brisk, clean smell that comes with cooler temperatures that we all know, but if there’s one scent that brings it home for me it’s the smell of burning wood.
Now, believe it or not, there is a difference between wood burning in the summer and in the autumn. I’m not sure how to describe it, maybe it’s the cool air that intensified the smell of smoke or maybe it’s the type of wood that’s burning. I’ve seen people around here sell campfire wood that’s all soft wood. It makes sense. Soft wood burns faster and people who own woodstoves (like us) prefer to use hard wood.
To me, the smell of a wood stove signifies a drastic change in seasons. No more hot days or humid nights, vacations are over and it’s time to head back to school. The last of the summer vegetables have been harvested and most flower gardens are dying back. The leaves turn colour and the geese and other migratory birds are flocking up. There’s nothing like going out in the early morning, and taking in that combination of brisk cool air and smoke. It’s the first sign for me that autumn is here.
What about you? What scents/smells remind you of autumn? I have a poll just to the right of this post.