After so many cold, damp and grey winter months it has been wonderful to be able to spend the past couple of weeks sitting outside in the garden, enjoying the warmth and sunshine, watching nature "spring"into life again.
Unfortunately, this has a downside for me as a lifelong hay fever sufferer. I thought that I would be lucky enough to have got away with it so far, being early in the season, but no. Last night I was awoken at 1:30 with the first symptoms. Sneezing, constant runny nose, scratchy throat, puffy, itchy eyes. I think I finally fell asleep around 4 a.m.
Despite taking an antihistamine every day, all year round, sometimes over exposure to the allergens provokes the symptoms with a vengeance and I have to resort to a nasal spray as well to combat the reaction.
You would think I should have learnt my lesson by now.
From today I shall be admiring the garden from inside the house.