Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Making shade

One of the challenges of car-free life is avoiding the summer sun. After reading about the dubious chemicals in sunscreen, I was looking for some new solutions. My usual method is a straw hat, but although it's good for the face and shoulders I still got a burnt back last week.

The winning combination for today's 92-in-the-shade walk to the library:
damp cloth around the neck

The umbrella only works if you have a hand free, though. All weeding will now be done after sunset.


T said...

i tried so hard to do the umbrella my first week in thessaloniki but it failed because, 1. everyone made me feel so self-conscious and 2. Thessaloniki's sun uses magic or something and came at unexpected angles. I'm glad it actually works for someone though!

Julia Wise said...

I wouldn't have thought of it a few years ago, but a lot of East Asian and Latina women in my neighborhood use umbrellas for the sun. So I don't really stick out here. Good luck finding something that works for you!