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Kerri McLean

The strange medical condition that means I'm led by the nose to smells... good and bad

Kerry McLean


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rain in a garden

rain in a garden

rain in a garden

Haven't we had some really lovely weather this week? Yes, we've had some heavy rain and a bit of wind, but it's been worth it for those bursts of sunshine, especially at the start of the week. It raises everyone's mood and results in the most glorious smells wafting over the fence into my back garden.

I love the smell of cut grass, the delicate scent of my neighbour's flower patch and the seemingly never-ending, mouth-watering aroma of meat and veg being barbecued in the vicinity.

I've been attempting a bit of gardening again this week and my nose has been accosted by the heavy, peaty smell of the soil and the sun-warmed metal of the trowel. You're probably thinking I have nostrils the size of the Eurotunnel to be taking in all those smells at once but the truth is that I have a condition called hyperosmia, where your sense of smell becomes heightened or hypersensitive.