I've had it since I was 13, and by jingo it's come back with a vengeance this week! I've been given tablets, Dimotap LA, to combat the itchy eyes, running nose and throat that feels like you've swallowed an entire dandelion clock… but it had the unfortunate effect of sending me to sleep, which wasn't helpful when I was trying to negotiate More Lane in Esher on my bike after school!
Or possibly more importantly, my O levels in the summer of '76. My eyelids became heavy at the point they told us we could turn our papers over… and I awoke to find the invigilator telling me that my snoring was distracting others in the exam!
But seriously, do ANY of you have any weird and wonderful remedies that have worked for you? I think the strangest I've heard is to rub petroleum jelly around your nostrils, which is supposed to catch the pollen before it gets into your nasal passages! I feel it could have the same disastrous consequences that wearing lipgloss used to have when I rode my bike to school.
A wide variety of insect life would adhere themselves to my lips which of course was not pointed out to me, until I had spent at least an hour in the company of my classmates… how cruel are kids eh? So any non medical remedies you wish to let me know about, I'd be mighty grateful.
No remedy for clumsiness though, and if you were watching our fab Best of British Day and saw the Lesley Vik Waddell hour at 10pm, you will have seen me tip an entire tray of colour graded citine stones all over the desk! Calamity! Luckily they had such an incredible sparkle that not one of them were lost. Such gorgeous pieces of jewellery, and such a talented designer in Lesley. How marvellous to be able to follow your dream and see it come true while you're still so young.
We had a family party at the weekend and I though you might like to see possibly the youngest member of the family – baby Ali! Can you believe that's her name. I was in seventh heaven when her mum Sam let me cuddle and then feed her. I wonder what Ali will grow up to be… at three weeks old, perhaps a little early to tell.