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This is the time of year when the great carwash takes place. The depth of winter is a pointless time for this task. Gleaming paintwork stays gleaming for about 3 minutes when the roads are as muddy as farm tracks and the potholes brim over with deep dark dirty water.

March roads aren’t exactly sun-kissed and dusty, but it does begin to be a bit more worthwhile to get the bucket and sponge into action.

And what a great job for small children to help out with!

What’s the toughest part of being a parent? Like the Oscars there are many dramas in contention here.

But one regular moment of supreme tension where stress levels can rival that of an astronaut leaving the earth’s atmosphere is the simple task of getting a couple of under-fives out the door.

At this point in the calendar when the sun sometimes shines, there are longer days but temperature refuses to keep up, the challenges become even greater.

There aren’t many downsides to spring, but teaming-up the best season of the year with the word ‘cleaning’ takes some of the shine off. 

Spring and cleaning, they go together like love and marriage or a horse and carriage. So who do we have to blame for this strange compulsion to clean the house just when the weather gets better and we can get outside?

We're not sure if it helps your mood to be told that it’s officially the Most Miserable Day of the Year. This grim title is attached to the third Monday in January. Why this particular Monday out of the 52 other less than magnificent Mondays we have to face throughout the year?