Hats & Sun



I think it was established last week that, yes, I do like to use a baseball cap as my preferred method of keeping the sun out of my eyes and off the top of my head when on holiday. In the pool, shading my eyes has additional advantages in that I can see the blurry shape of other swimmers. Without my glasses I’m almost in guide-dog territory, and anything that can identify that there is someone else swimming near me is enormously helpful. Half-blind, and squinting into the sun reflecting off the water, we’re looking at me swimming into other people. The baseball cap assists a little. I can identify people shapes. 🙂

When I got home I realised I didn’t own a baseball cap in SL, so I’ve rectified that.

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I also picked up the straw hat from Amiable that Pookes blogged last week.

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It’s not any use to me in the pool, but will still keep the sun off the top of my head. And this is a point I can’t stress too highly. The sun can be very strong, not just in sun-sea-sand destinations. Even a hot sunny day in your typical northern European or US/Canadian border town can be damaging at this time of year, so if you’re out in it, factor appropriately and cover your head. Sun stroke and heat exhaustion can be dangerous. Spanish radio was reporting last week that even Spanish citizens, more used to the heat than I, were collapsing in the streets as temperatures reached 40 degrees. Cases of skin cancer are rising, so it’s clear what long-term exposure to the sun can do. Be careful out there and enjoy your holiday, wherever you’re going.


Straw Hats

I think we’ve established over the past week that Ella’s preferred form of headgear is a baseball cap 😉

In naturism, for men and women alike, a straw hat, of sorts, is also a popular choice. Men can be seen out wearing nothing more than a straw panama and a smile, while the ladies will equally enjoy some shade in their eyes with straw hats in various styles.

Thanks to Amiable, I’ve been able to buy a straw hat for my forthcoming holidays, although in real life I tend not to pack one and pick some cheapie up in the resort I visit. A straw hat would have a tendency to arrive looking battered.

No such problems in SL for this item, though.

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Vital for keeping the sun out of your eyes and off your head. (Hat first seen via this Fab Free post)