Cinnamon is the smell of winter: toasted fruit loaf, hot chocolate, apple pie... a smell to warm your soul. We walked past a bakery in London yesterday – a cold, wintery day – and cinnamon smells rolled out into the street, shading in the air around us. I actually did feel warmer just breathing them in. It makes me think of a warm cottage on a cold night, lights in the windows and delicious things in the kitchen: the sort of place you’d want to find if you were lost in the woods. Cinnamon is inviting and comforting, a smell that makes you feel safe and warm; whispers of Christmas and warm kitchens and open fires. I’m sure it must have been one of the main things that enticed Hansel and Gretel into the gingerbread house. I certainly wouldn’t resist it.
Monkey by Kieran Hazell (www.ownbeat.co.uk)