May is the cruelest month

You know what this is?

Neither do I exactly, but it has something to do with the reproductive cycle of the London plane tree, and at this time of year it’s everywhere – in all the parks, blowing around the streets, piled up in all the gutters. And of course clogging up my eyes, nose and throat and temper. What looks like fluff is actually made up of tiny little spikes, which scratch your eyeballs when they get into your eyes – and when you dig your fingertips into your eyes to try and get them out, and even when you blink frantically to try and water them out with tears. (And try blinking frantically when riding through rush-hour traffic.) And if one ends up in your throat, you’ll be struck by a paroxysm of coughing so severe that you’ll have to stop the bike and hack and retch and gulp down water until it goes away. And if one gets down your top, it has exactly the same effect as itching powder.

If it’s not one bloody thing it’s another. Bring back the snow.

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3 Responses to “May is the cruelest month”

  1. Redbike Says:

    Don’t move to the country TMC.

    Think you’ve hit the nail on the head. Seads of Platanus tree. Planted everywhere in London because it’s good with pollution.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platanus

    On the plus side they look a lot softer than the ‘conker’ trees I have to deal with.

  2. thatmessengerchick Says:

    I was brought up in the country – never had any problem with pollen till I moved to London. Plane tree pollen is EVIL.

  3. Exenger of Doom Says:

    Increased levels of air pollution may be partly responsible for increased sensitivity to pollen in some people…

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