Christine chose this week’s word, and it gave me plenty of food for thought, as I thought about the senses – which do I use most? Which would I miss first? What about the sixth sense – and about the things that are conjured up when I think of them. And there were so many different things, I’ve decided to write about them all.
On the wonderful BBC Radio 4, there’s a programme called Desert Island Discs, in which a celebrity is interviewed, and during the course of this interview, they choose the eight records they’d take with them to a desert island. (They also choose a book to take – they’re given the Bible, or another holy book, and the complete works of Shakespeare – and a luxury.) So, inspired by this, here are my Desert Island Sensations. Some of the lists are incomplete because I’m still deciding – I’ll fill in the gaps!
OK, we’ll assume that the island has food which will meet my basic nutritional needs, and some rudimentary cooking facilities. So here are the eight flavours I’d want to be able to add.
Mitsouko by Guerlain
Wet pavements after a long spell of hot weather
Proper roses, probably Gertrude Jekyll.
Washing that’s been dried on the line.
Gingerbread that’s just come out of the oven
I thought about doing a general ‘sounds’ list, but then I thought that having some of my favourite sounds (purring cat, baby chuckles) without the cat or the baby would just make me sad. So I’m going to do my own Desert Island Discs. These are the eight records I would choose today. Ask me in a week and some, or all, will be different!
Shostakovich’s Waltz from Jazz Suite no 2
Cry me a River – Julie London
El Kilo – Orishas
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
God is a DJ – Faithless
The Lacrimosa from Mozart’s Requiem
Something by The Divine Comedy – probably The Booklovers or Geronimo
Tainted Love by Soft Cell
Hmmm. How to do sight for a Desert Island? Well, here are some things I would like to be able to see.
The Rokeby Venus by Velasquez, which is not my absolute favourite painting, but the one I find really intruiging and would enjoy looking at for hours.
The fact that most of these are to be found where I live is a good sign that I’ve found somewhere I love, I think!
Here are some of my favourite sensations:
A bed with clean sheets
A cashmere jumper
Running my tongue across my teeth after I’ve been to the hygienist.
Meringue that’s crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle
Silk knitting yarn. Or alpaca, or merino. Or cashmere.
Hop, slink or wriggle over to Christine’s blog to check out the other participants this week!