It’s the time of year when things seem to be all about new beginnings. When leaves and blossoms return to trees and the garden comes back to life with colour.
It’s also the time when I have no idea what to wear because the temperature changes faster than a magpie can swoop from a nearby tree, and I am forced to carry extra tissues with me everywhere I go lest I get hit with a bout of the sneezes as soon as I step out my front door.
There’s no denying spring is a beautiful time. But the transitional season between winter and summer can also be frustrating, particularly for those of us who are prone to hay fever, whose bodies like to battle with sickness whenever the weather cannot make up its mind.
It doesn’t help that I’m so ready to pack away my jeans and jumpers and pretend beach weather will happen any day now. It’s farewell boots and hello thongs for me.
Unfortunately, when the spring weather gets a little… unpredictable… this means I am often left stranded, freezing in my favourite floral dress when the wind picks up mid-afternoon, or a sun shower puts a dampener on my perfectly sunny day.
Spring - and now the summery weather coming - means I am forced to listen to that rational (but annoying) voice inside my head that tells me to 'pack a cardigan, just in case', even if there's not a single cloud in the sky and the humidity is nearing 90 percent.
Temperamental weather isn't just a daytime thing in spring, either. Recently, some Australian cities experienced one of the hottest September nights on record, with temperatures dropping to a low of only 25 degrees during those precious sleeping hours.
All this, during a season when we're meant to be packing away our heaters and plugging in our fans. I figured it's smarter to just get an air purifier - there are ones now that heat and cool all year round.