It has been hot. Really hot. Really humid. The heat is almost unbearable for me, but I’ve been able to do some walking again lately. I’d stopped walking on hard pavement but I seem to be doing okay with it, at least for now.
We’ve been having lots of scattered showers and random thunderstorms. I love those overcast, cloudy days when I’m walking.
I gazed out the window one morning and dread came over me. The sun was out bright and scorching. I had an idea though, and went ahead, preparing for my morning walk. As I headed for the door I pulled a bright red umbrella with a hook handle and a long, pointy-metal tip out of a vase that I keep various umbrellas in. I have a large collection of umbrellas. I absolutely love them, same as my scarves and bandannas.
I imagined people might think I was crazy, but that’s never deterred me from doing something a little out of the ordinary. People aren't accustomed to seeing a parasol in these parts except at sporting events.
Strolling down the street, I felt like a woman from the past desiring to keep her skin and hair unkissed from the sun. My walk around the village takes about an hour. Some of the journey is shaded and some isn’t. With the parasol, I not only had shade the whole way, I felt like I had a defensive weapon too, sort of like John Steed in the old television series, The Avengers.
Mostly, I received wide grins as people passed by. One little girl loved it. She told me she loved my big red umbrella and it was so wet. She loves to pretend and is is frequently dressed like a princess while she plays in the yard with her family.
I was very grateful for my big umbrella, shielding me from the heat of the day. By the time I arrived back to my home I was a master at wielding it.
I learned you hold it high so you can catch a breeze. If not, it gets stifling hot under it. I’m guessing they made them smaller, with a longer handle, so they’d be light in the hand and yet not as likely to be taken away in a strong wind. You’d just have to be more precise with the angle of your parasol.
It wasn’t small and dainty, but wow! It made a wonderful difference in my day!
Who knows? Maybe we’ll see this come back into action before long. I might have to actually look into a practical parasol that has UV protection, light filtering, breathable fabric to accompany my sunny walks and save my nylon umbrellas for walks on enchanting rainy days.
Next time you head out in the sun, for a stroll, consider grabbing your umbrella or parasol. Be adventurous. Be cool, and please enjoy this short and fun little video my sister and I put together for you.
FarmaCopeia: The Little Book on Lavender
My sister, Angelia (femmeflashpoint of flashPress) has a new book out. It's the first of a series of small books on herblore that was published a few days ago.
Currently, it's available in Ebook format on amazon.com. It's a short read, designed that way intentionally, but is still packed with information on what makes lavender an amazing natural resource that meets a wide-array of needs.
It also comes with images and a few testimonies of how well lavender has worked for real people (and animals too) in real situations when first aid was needed quickly.
The book was developed in collaboration with me, and a few other friends and colleagues who's work you can check out via their websites, listed and linked for you below.
Until next time...
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