Pertichor: a phenomenon rare in Britain.
This morning, as I listened to the weather-forecast on radio Cumbria I learnt a new word, a whole new concept.
Petrichor: a goodly fragrance given off by the earth at the first rainfall after prolonged drought. So, unfamiliar in Britain.
Unfamiliar and joyous, bringing solace. Through thousands of years, man and beast will have responded with a sense of relief to breathe the good smell of the earth when rain comes to bring respite from drought.
Petrichor may be a new word but it’s in our DNA.
Petrichor: from the Greek Petra- meaning rock. And ichor the divine essence which flows in the veins of the gods.
Petrichor is the fragrance of earth, of soil, clay and minerals. A fragrant oil they exude on the coming of rain after drought. A distillation born of rock. A strange sensation, pertrichor. And bringing solace. As mankind must always have felt.