So years after I have stopped any kind of medication for hayfever, I come to Brisbane and ….whoa….here it is again…..I started weaning myself off  any form of treatment for hayfever in 1999…mmhhh..significant year…..have used absolutely none since 2004

So I come to Brisbane. I remember looking at my hayfever stuff and thinking " I should throw that out. It must be past its use-by date by now….a little like me…".

Arrival in Brisbane..all is well…and then after a few days I wake up in the middle of the night with definite symptoms……cursing because it took me a while to get back to sleep again……Didn’t really think too much about it…things can always happen once can’t they…?….mmmhhhh……..that’s another story…..

Last night it happened again and then when I woke up in the morning, I find myself sneezing and sniffing …right through my first examination of the day as well…it took until the middle of the morning before I felt at all comfortable. I know I have been surrounded by some ill people in the last few days, however I do not think it was that… I had a long break in the middle of the day to travel out to another school for the afternoon. In to the chemist and – surprise, surprise! – they still make Beconase…and in a new improved formula…"Thanks, the old one worked for me. I shan’t pay the extra for the new packaging- hopefully I shan’t need it after I leave Brisbane".

Of course the Australian Wattle tree (and maybe the even more beautiful Jacaranda tree) – looks beautiful, but in fact its pollen is basically poisonous to me. I remember my brother was especially allergic to it. Maybe that is why I do not like yellow plants in my garden? however purple…ah yes!!!..  :)…..The brain works in strange ways and mine especially so  🙂

On a sadder note…..Robin Holst MBE died in the weekend. he was the chairman of the Auckland Youth Symphonic Band, which was one of my early musical endeavours as performer and conductor. I am a life member of the society now. He was the person – apart from the Musical Director, Hugh Dixon – who kept the society afloat and managed to persuade all those perverse musical personalities to work together for the common good. Robin, I hope in my lifetime, that I manage to create as much for the future music generations as you have managed to do.

With a final sneeze, I shall go and find myself a coffee..good for allergies you know……….after red wine and chocolate of course!!!  🙂

About David Adlam

I am a conductor, composer, clarinettist and examiner for Trinity Guildhall working in Auckland, New Zealand and overseas
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