15 December 2008
Can you put a scent in an Advent Calendar? I distinctly remember birthday cards that smelt of roses when I was a child, so I suppose you can. In which case I am going to put in essence of organges - the quintessential scent of a warm kitchen in winter.
I can smell it now and with the kitchen door open it will rise up the stairs and fill the whole house. Maigret is on the radio and I'm torn between a glass of dry oloroso and a glass of whiskey just to add to the indulgence.
Tomorrow the grate will be full of ash and there will be even more dust on the mantelpiece but when it smells as lovely as this, well, quite frankly, who cares.