I was really looking forward to getting out for a walk on our special river walk route today. The one we've been walking every month in 2013 to observe the seasonal changes. Things have been busy here and this weekend was the last chance to get out for the June walk.
But this is the scene in the English countryside at the moment:
It's grassy out there! A hay fever sufferer's worst nightmare.
This was a walk we did last weekend in Somerset, not so very far from the Glastonbury Festival site. (In fact, we were held up en route on the A37 by a major Worthy Farm portaloo delivery. We may not have been to the festival but perhaps we saw Mick Jagger's toilet arriving.)
Usually my hay fever is bearable. After 24 summers of suffering, I've found what works for me. Having given just about every remedy available a go over the years (homeopathy, acupuncture, vaseline round the nostrils, and heavy duty anti-histamine tablets - you name it I've tried it) my preferred strategy is pollen avoidance where possible, sunglasses outside and regular use of a Beconase type nasal spray and eye drops.
Most of the time this is effective. But this weekend I'm nursing a streaming cold on top of hay fever. A river walk through grassy meadows, even in the interests of maintaining our monthly track record of walks, is the very last thing I feel like doing.
Luckily I get to make up the rules here, so I say, TWO river walks in July instead!
Meanwhile - have you got any favourite hay fever remedies that I've missed and really should try? Any favourite summer cold remedies? And best of all any combined hay fever/summer cold remedies!!
(If anyone's interested, the walk near Glastonbury was another from the Countryside Books stable - they don't do a Kiddiwalks Somerset book but this four mile walk was from their Pocket Pub Walks in Somerset book (we haven't got the book (yet) but downloaded it as a PDF from their website))