Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected & Travel Theme: Fragrant

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge set by Sarah Rosso at WordPress is Unexpected, and over at Where’s my Backpack, Ailsa has asked us to show images that say Fragrant.

I decided to combine the two this week, and you will need to bear with me as I explain the-not-in-any-way-obvious……..

I am posting some images taken in the garden at Chartwell in Kent (famous as being the home of Sir Winston Spencer Churchill). Going back quite a few years, I was wandering around the garden with my husband and my parents. At one point I said to my mother ‘that scent, Grandpa’s garden!’ And she replied that we had just walked past a flowering currant, which he had had in his garden… completely unexpected, a heady scent and an instant memory from my growing-up years.

Alas, I can’t show you the flowering currant, but I can show you some images from late on a mid-October day, when I recall the scent of various plants (don’t ask me to name them!) and a lingering smell of Box hedge…..


  1. I can still remember when and where I first tasted a raspberry. And the taste of lime (instead of lemon) in my G and T in Sydney many moons ago.

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  3. Chartwell looks lovely – haven’t been there, but hope to one day! I hope the fruiting currant smells better than the flowering currant (which smells like cat pee). Good combo Sue 🙂

  4. Love the photos of your walk through Chartwell.
    Scents, like songs, work like time machines for me too 🙂 The faintly fishy, briny smell of the river and the heady smell of the night jasmine takes me back to my childhood home. And blue gum and freshly cut hedges to our life on a tea plantation!!

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  10. love your shots…funny how smells more than anything else can be like a time machine in to memories and places

  11. Excellent response to the challenge Sue – olfactory (oooh big word) memories are, I think, some of the very strongest. You’re right, your connection wasn’t obvious but good for you for challenging us to think about it!

    • Thanks, Tina! I think we can’t always show images that are immediately obvious, but provided there is an explanation that makes the link valid, that’s Ok! I wonder if there is data to show that olfactory memories are the strongest, or the most evocative of times past…. I’m off for a hunt!! Certainly, I have always thought they are for me. 🙂

  12. Smells do have such a way of unexpectedly transporting you back to the past! Great take on the theme.

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  14. isn’t amazing how a scent, even just in memory, can bring us back to beautiful places or experiences! wonderful post and beautiful pictures!

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