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There’s a huge arable field across the road just to the west of our house. It’s mainly used to grow animal fodder, something different every year.

This year it’s rapeseed.

We’re allergic to rapeseed.

Well, maybe not allergic allergic, but there are volatile oils in the crop that irritate some people and cause bronchitis-like symptoms. Also, it smells nasty. And looks ugly.

The prevailing wind blows right across the crop and into our front door. The main symptom? A ragged cough.

It’s all I could do getting through my shopping yesterday without having a hacking fit in front of strangers. THE faux pas in the time of Coronavirus.

Honestly, I’ve had so many lung issues this year, I’ll never know if I get the bug.

Except fever. I keep my eyes peeled for fever.



Comment from OldFert
Time: April 7, 2020, 8:41 pm

One of the things I found said it was related to mustard. No wonder you’re having problems — you’re kinda getting mustard gassed.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 7, 2020, 9:26 pm

@stoaty “Honestly, I’ve had so many lung issues this year, I’ll never know if I get the bug.”

Me too…this has been a sucky winter and now spring allergies kick in.

It’s always fricking something.

Have you noticed people wearing weird shit for masks? I nipped into the supermarket during geezer hours this morning and a lady had a square cotton pot holder tied on her face.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 7, 2020, 11:02 pm

Very sorry to hear y’all have this kind of issue at THIS time. Durnedson #3 and I were just talking about that on our return from hunting for chicken broth. Unfortunately unlike the two (three, BJM) of you who recognize you have allergies, and recognize the seasons, there are the usual nervous nitwits who run off to the Emergency room “I have coronavirus!” because the allergies they get every year are kicking in.

If best wishes help, Mrs D and I wish you well.

I confess, I was going to make a lame joke – what does Arable look like when it’s ready to harvest. Oh, look, I did it anyway.

Comment from Mitch
Time: April 8, 2020, 2:24 am

Gotta love the name for that stuff tho: RAPESEED

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 8, 2020, 3:58 am

Ugh: rapeseed, and a pox on canola oil, too.
The live oak catkins tried to kill me this year. They would have succeeded if not for my neti pot and Benadryl.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 8, 2020, 2:14 pm

@Deborah…I hear ya! Fortunately the weekend deluge knocked down the the oak catkins but now all the drains and gutters are full of the damned things.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 8, 2020, 3:09 pm

Catkins….I love the south 🙂

Comment from Drew458
Time: April 8, 2020, 6:27 pm

Over here the PC name is canola.

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 9, 2020, 1:37 pm

A lot of pine and oak where I live now, a lot of folks wearing masks. Mrs. Pupster found a pattern she likes and has been making masks for friends and family.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: April 11, 2020, 5:34 am

It tastes like broccoli.

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