I’ve been enjoying these longer spring days. With days filled with warmth and sunshine, winter can almost seem like a distant, unpleasant memory.
While putting this post together, I came across a few random facts about spring. Speaking of which, did you know this season has only been referred to as ‘spring’ since the 1500s? Prior to that, it was known as Lent.
Apparently our sense of smell is stronger in spring due to the air containing more moisture. Although I’m not sure if that applies to places in Australia where there’s been little to no rainfall…
While spring is traditionally known as a time of rebirth, it’s also known as a time for allergies to skyrocket. According to Roy Morgan Research, over a quarter of Australia’s population suffer from hay fever during spring. And Australia’s biggest hay fever offender? Adelaide.
Been doing any spring cleaning lately? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the “first known use” of the term was in 1857. During which time it was such a back-breaking and time-consuming a task, men would apparently bemoan the cold meals they received from their wives for dinner.
Perhaps the women of the 19th century might have appreciated humourist Erma Bombeck’s take on cleaning who said: “My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.”
Or French writer and feminist Simone de Beauvoir who stated: “Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework.”
I hear you Simone. I hear you.
But I do love spring. Even with all the sneezing and my eyes watering from the pollen and the fact that I still haven’t done any spring cleaning.
But on days like these, who, I ask you, wants to be inside cleaning?