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Blog: The old itch of bygone summers

I’D forgotten how bad it can be. It was as if I’d smeared a handful of chilli seeds on my eyes. All day they itched and I would have needed handcuffs to keep from rubbing them.

I rarely suffer from hay fever, but when I do it brings it all back – the long summers of suffering I experienced in my youth.

The stinging eyes, the runny nose, the sneezing and skin rashes: I got the lot, and it was horrible. I remember days when I could do no more than sit inside, a wet flannel draped across my eyes.

I may have exacerbated the condition by taking on farm work, helping to bale hay – I should have made the link – but I needed the money. Those who have never suffered underestimate the impact of hay fever.

They brush it off as a few sniffles and can’t understand the misery it brings.

My recent brush with it, on a day when many of my colleagues fell foul of it too, brought sore eyes, which I rubbed all day despite being urged not to, a tickly throat and a headache. All in all, bad enough to put you in a foul mood.

But it wasn’t anything like the hay fever of old, when it became so torturous that I’d plunge my head into a bowl of cold water and hold it there for 20 minutes.

Maybe the pollen is weaker nowadays, but when my eldest daughter gets it, she doesn’t seem to suffer so badly.

When she moans about a dry throat and minor nasal blockages, I end up regaling her Monty Python- style, with tales of how horrific it was in my day, how my nose would run like a river, my eyes puff up and reduce to slits, and how I was forced to spend days with a pillowcase over my head.

The closest my daughter has come to this level of suffering was on a country walk last year, when she groped her way along with her jumper over her head to relieve the itching. Now, at the first sign of buds bursting, she pops Piriton like there’s no tomorrow.

When you’re a teenager working full-time on spot prevention, the last thing you want is myxomatosed eyes and a wet nose.

Different remedies work for different people, with grapefruit, honey and green tea among the favourites. Wild Arctic seaweed is very effective, I read recently (and so easy to get hold of – I’m sure Asda has masses of it).

Short of spending summer in a sealed concrete box, it’s difficult to avoid succumbing to at least one of the symptoms. Just keep away from hay fields.

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4:36pm Mon 15 Jul 13

Ken Shuffles says...

You think that's bad ? I remember the day when a woman would throw herself at the nearest Asexual for refuge and protection.

I remember a day when the one who was not driven by desire, was considered as the embodiment of a Knowledge that was Divine. Timeless.

Oh how feverish things have changed, on the long road from there, to modernity.
You think that's bad ? I remember the day when a woman would throw herself at the nearest Asexual for refuge and protection. I remember a day when the one who was not driven by desire, was considered as the embodiment of a Knowledge that was Divine. Timeless. Oh how feverish things have changed, on the long road from there, to modernity. Ken Shuffles
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2:52pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I'm a bit too busy with other projects to meet anyone in a field at the moment.
I'm a bit too busy with other projects to meet anyone in a field at the moment. Ken Shuffles
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2:54pm Tue 16 Jul 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Maybe, in a week or two.
Maybe, in a week or two. Ken Shuffles
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4:46pm Wed 17 Jul 13

Ken Shuffles says...

The Heart, WILL recognise it's Lord. Their love and devotion is timeless.


Whether the ego of the person residing in the world of time is ready, prepared, has a formula, no formula, a plan, a map, an illusion of an identity, with an illusion of a sexuality, leading to an illusion of a birth, or an illusion of a birth leading to an illusion of a world, or even an illusion of a world leading to an illusion of a death. That which is dead will remain dead, and that which is living, was living or will be living, remains living. Anyone who has been touched by one breath, cannot be anything less than living and cannot be anywhere but living.


Everything a person in the Human condition will ever need for their journey of life is embedded in a breath. Their Consciousness, and all their Hope and all their Happiness, is supported, protected, made attractive, by the magical creativity and abundance of the simplest of all merciful things - another breath. At no time, has any breath not been fulfilling. There is no other source of Life for you, and no other energy that is perfect for each and every Human Condition that there has ever been.


This is a Timeless rule.


As long as you remain armed with a breath, as long as you own a breath, have taken an emotional degree of ownership for a breath, find yourself in the presence of a breath, or you are companioned by a breath. You should know, that there is not going to be any death, deception, trick, method of death - That can touch you.
The Heart, WILL recognise it's Lord. Their love and devotion is timeless. Whether the ego of the person residing in the world of time is ready, prepared, has a formula, no formula, a plan, a map, an illusion of an identity, with an illusion of a sexuality, leading to an illusion of a birth, or an illusion of a birth leading to an illusion of a world, or even an illusion of a world leading to an illusion of a death. That which is dead will remain dead, and that which is living, was living or will be living, remains living. Anyone who has been touched by one breath, cannot be anything less than living and cannot be anywhere but living. Everything a person in the Human condition will ever need for their journey of life is embedded in a breath. Their Consciousness, and all their Hope and all their Happiness, is supported, protected, made attractive, by the magical creativity and abundance of the simplest of all merciful things - another breath. At no time, has any breath not been fulfilling. There is no other source of Life for you, and no other energy that is perfect for each and every Human Condition that there has ever been. This is a Timeless rule. As long as you remain armed with a breath, as long as you own a breath, have taken an emotional degree of ownership for a breath, find yourself in the presence of a breath, or you are companioned by a breath. You should know, that there is not going to be any death, deception, trick, method of death - That can touch you. Ken Shuffles
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4:49pm Wed 17 Jul 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Whatever your heart desires, will come from a breath. All it's desires, are answered, addressed, delivered, fulfilled, swept away by a breath.
Whatever your heart desires, will come from a breath. All it's desires, are answered, addressed, delivered, fulfilled, swept away by a breath. Ken Shuffles
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4:51pm Wed 17 Jul 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Hope you don't mind me posting on here, couldn't get on the other thread for some unknown technical reason.
Hope you don't mind me posting on here, couldn't get on the other thread for some unknown technical reason. Ken Shuffles
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1:35pm Thu 18 Jul 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I like to think I am one of the most protective strangers anyone could ever encounter. I suppose if I had a girlfriend, I might be dangerous.


Estimated departure earthtime 11.33 am. Monday. I'm so in awe of you I am in orbit. I have to work my time around a I83 year old, but I'm hoping for a soft landing, praying, begging for a soft landing, in a field somewhere close to you, on Monday.

The most magnificent feeling of your life will be with me, and I'm so totally thankful you exist I can't even say.
I like to think I am one of the most protective strangers anyone could ever encounter. I suppose if I had a girlfriend, I might be dangerous. Estimated departure earthtime 11.33 am. Monday. I'm so in awe of you I am in orbit. I have to work my time around a I83 year old, but I'm hoping for a soft landing, praying, begging for a soft landing, in a field somewhere close to you, on Monday. The most magnificent feeling of your life will be with me, and I'm so totally thankful you exist I can't even say. Ken Shuffles
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1:52pm Thu 18 Jul 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Just imagine, if all we could ever do was feel thankful. We could probably change the world with a feeling like that. xx
Just imagine, if all we could ever do was feel thankful. We could probably change the world with a feeling like that. xx Ken Shuffles
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3:04pm Sat 20 Jul 13

Ken Shuffles says...

Helen ?
Helen ? Ken Shuffles
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10:52am Mon 22 Jul 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I'm not coming back. Too afraid.
I'm not coming back. Too afraid. Ken Shuffles
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12:27pm Mon 22 Jul 13

Ken Shuffles says...

I am in awe of you. You are the most emotionally nourishing creature I have ever known. The most intelligent being, woman there will ever be in my existence, and you have the most beautiful skin.
I am in awe of you. You are the most emotionally nourishing creature I have ever known. The most intelligent being, woman there will ever be in my existence, and you have the most beautiful skin. Ken Shuffles
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