As always, I smelled it before I saw it. And then I had to search around until I found the source. The FIRST AZAHAR OF THE YEAR was spotted in Plaza Nueva at dusk (which explains out of focus, dimly lit shot) and marks my happiest time of year in Sevilla. Wish you could all smell it too.
Twitter has just turned 10 and it turns out that it is also my 9th Twitterversary today (as @azahar). To be exact, I signed up at 12.36 pm on March 22nd, 2007. Since then I’ve had various other Twitter accounts and still have these 5 active ones. I know that a lot of people don’t “get” Twitter, but for me it’s been the most amazing social media experience. I’ve met friends and biz contacts, connecting with people all over the world. And I still learn something new every day by reading my various feeds. It’s good to be here.
I picked these beauties on my way home. Love carrying azahar around in my pocket and, when I was doing this in Jerez, I’d leave them on the ledge behind my hotel bed (which happened twice as we changed rooms for the second night). Jo said it was like leaving my “trademark” behind – az wuz here. 🙂
Yesterday I went out on an “azahar hunt” because I’d been seeing so many buds on the orange trees and reckoned they must be blossoming somewhere by now. Nothing! Then today during a hectic afternoon of various appointments, I took a turn down a street I’d never been on before and there it was! I smelled it before I saw it… happy happy happy.
I think the worst part of this now more-than-week-long crappy ear/sinus infection thing is that I CAN’T SMELL ANYTHING. Which also means I can’t taste anything. But to not have a sense of smell during the very brief orange blossom season here feels cruel beyond belief. I LIVE for this time of year ever since my first springtime in Sevilla. And now I walk around looking at all these pretty delicate blossoms and listening to people comment on how amazing their fragrance is, and I want to weep.
I did get a bit of a preview when I was in Málaga a few weeks ago as the azahar was already well in blossom then, and thought of it as a bonus. But maybe it’s all I’m going to get this year? That is too sad to even consider.
I’d say the azahar here is good for at least another week or so, as long as heavy rains and wind don’t remove them prematurely. What rotten luck! 😦
How many of you have noticed the change in my blog URL?
The name azahar (pronounced “ah-thaar”) means a lot to me. When I first saw those pretty white flowers and smelled their gorgeous fragrance after moving to Sevilla all those years ago I was transported. Nothing had ever made me feel… like that. I can’t even describe it. Since then every spring I have looked forward to those few weeks when the streets smell heavenly and I feel… like that.
And so azahar became my internet nickname. But when I wanted to start self-hosting the Sevilla Tapas blog I found that the domain name “azahar.com” was taken, so I opted for azahar-sevilla.com. I didn’t know back then that a lot of “taken” domain names were actually bought up for re-sale, and a few weeks ago I noticed that “azahar.com” was for sale for about $500 US. Like, forget about it. And anyhow, it turned out to be a good thing having “seville” in my URL. But then this new option came up! The whole new range of “dot.me” URLs. So I succumbed for this blog because, let’s face it, it’s my most personal blog, really just a daily scrapbook, and what could be more “me” than that.
And so I bring you the new “azahar.me” blog on WordPress. Love it!
Took these pics the weekend before last when I spotted the first azahar blossoms … this is my favourite time of year. Click on the pic to get a closer look at how full of blossoms these trees were. Since then the air in Sevilla has smelled heavenly and I wish I could share it with you. Such a gorgeous and soothing fragrance.
Happy spring, everyone!
Early this morning I heard the first blackbird of the year singing outside my balcony windows … later I went out for a walk and was immediately hit by the gorgeous fragrance of orange blossom in the air. It hadn’t been there yesterday! What a perfect first day of spring. And of course, I was wearing my trusty Mephistos…
Spring at last!