Achoo! Asthmatics know spring’s not all blooming poetry
"IN THE spring, a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love," wrote Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Clearly a man who didn't suffer from asthma, hayfever or pollen-related rashes, the British bard was happy to portray the change of season in the romantic style so popular in the Victorian era.
Of course, Tennyson also wrote The Charge of the Light Brigade, so the ocassional sniffle or outbreak of eczema would have paled into insignificance beside 600 horsemen galloping full-pelt into the Valley of Death.
OK, so we've established that spring means different things to different people.
As the calendar rolls over to September 1 today (no doubt blown by a gentle jasmine-infused spring breeze) some delight at the impending pleasure of Mother Nature's gentle hand gradually turning the heat control onto a warmer setting.
Others brace for the nightmare of asthma attacks and constant sneezing as the flowers so often used to portray the new season spread their infernal pollen.
Health officials admit spring's not all it's cracked up to be by poets and have issued a warning to the region's asthmatics, who are no doubt dreading the arrival of the new season.
"Queensland emergency doctors deal with a surge in asthma-related visits at this time each year, which can be brought on by blooming plants commonly seen in spring," Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation (QEMRF) spokesperson, Dr David Rosengren said.
He urged asthmatics to have an action plan in place and make sure their medication was current before the pollen tsunami rolled in.
So who you gonna trust - a man with a title like that or a 19th Century poet?
But there's more to spring than asthma, hayfever and rashes ... apparently.
There's spring lambs, of course. Sweet, delicious spring lambs!
And swooping magpies. Don't forget those nasty buggers.
Long early-morning walks as the sun starts rising earlier.
Taking the heavy doona off the bed.
The promise of mulberry trees groaning with fruit.
And ticks, of course - ticks all over your bloody dog.
But if you can get past the inherent negatives of spring, there's probably a bit to be said for longer, warmer days.
According to Weatherzone meteorologist James Casey, that's exactly what we're going to get - clear, sunny days all week.
If you like that sort of thing.