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Reminiscences

Memories of the Covington area and changes that have occurred as recalled by a native of the area for over forty years.

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Ooooh That Smell!

February 9th, 2014 at Sun, 9th, 2014 at 8:42 pm by Rick Bergum

How often have you gone outside, especially in cold or hot weather, and there’s a lovely aroma that’s smells a lot like garbage, rotting loam or moist sour soil?  At first you sniff the air trying to figure out if the smell is emanating from your yard or home, but then you ascertain that the aroma is everywhere you go, even if you drive to the store in Covington.  In fact, when you get to the store, the aroma is even stronger.  What in the world?!

After pondering the source of the odor for a bit, it finally dawns on you that you are smelling the composting smells of Iddings just on the other side of the overpass over highway 18 and behind the business park where NAPA auto parts is located.  It seems that sometimes when the wind is just right, the weather is hot or cold and the mulch and other woody types of topsoil or plants are wet or drying out, the odor produced by this natural fertilizing process carries on the wind to the far reaches of Covington.

I’ve noticed this for years and have just gotten used to it. It doesn’t smell all the time, but when the weather and wind are right, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  Even if the odor is pungent, don’t worry.  The bark, topsoil and mulch is great for keeping Covington beautiful and the plants and trees which keep our state green love the stuff.  So don’t complain.  Just take a whiff and think about the wonderful colors and scents that will be created due to this great topsoil produced by Iddings!

I've lived in Covington for over 50 years. I've seen a lot of changes in Covington during that time and hope to share a few of these periodically. I enjoy writing and also write a blog for those in the custodial field. (The link is included on this blog page.) You can also find information on Facebook under the name Custodial Soupçon.

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