1. On a winter day, walking out and squinting into the sunshine.
2. Slow-cooked pork -- tender and sticky shreds -- with crackling to crunch between our teeth.
3. Today has been a day of spices: fennel seeds ground up and rubbed into the crackling on our pork belly. My finger tips turn green. Cloves pressed into oranges to make pomanders that I dust with cinnamon pack away in paper bags for Christmas. A hard spot has formed on the tip of my thumb.