I too have sniffles due to a slight hay fever allergy.
The sniffles are a bore but losing sleep because of them is really debilitating.
I shall have to give that book a try - I've not read it yet.
I'm enjoying it- and planning to track down more of Doyle's spiritualist writings.
Just a random drive-by comment as your post was on LJ's front page, but you can indeed get hayfever this early in the year! If just depends which kind of pollen you're allergic to. If you're allergic to grass pollen it probably won't kick in until late spring/early summer, but certain trees start releasing their pollen in March. I got it in March where I used to live - presumably there were trees there releasing pollen I was allergic too - but don't usually get it until April or May now, although I started feeling a bit hayfevery earlier this month for a bit.
So there you go, it could be hayfever!
Yes, I don't think it's a coincidence that I get this way just as the trees are waking up.
Thanks. We have a lot of trees around us, including some of the species that will be discharging pollen right now.
After saying for most of my life that I don't suffer from hay fever, since the wood grew up beyond our back garden, I've been forced to admit that I am affected by tree pollen. See my icon for how many trees surround our house. The sniffles have already started. :(
I used to tell myself I was particularly vulnerable to catching colds in early spring....
It's not the wrong time of the year for pollen allergies (a better term than hay fever). Trees pollinate very early and tree pollen is some of the most reactive. A mild antihistamine might be of help. I've had pollen allergies since I was a child.
It could also be mould spores.
We have a lot of trees round here. If it's tree pollen I'm allergic to then all is explained.
I have allergies at the beginning of spring and the end of summer, myself.
There are a lot of molds in the air in the damp and warmth of spring. I get wheezy and phlegmy in the spring too. It could be leafy stuff too as the trees bud out. My bet is mold spores though.
I suppose it could be mould. I've opted for the trees because I understand them better. :)
Does Land of the Mist stand on its own, or should I re-read* The Lost World first?
*I think I read it about four decades ago
It stands alone. Doyle wanted to write a book about spiritualism and had these characters to hand and decided to reuse them. Their former adventures are referred to on the opening page and then forgotten.