A couple of melanomas are enough to make one start taking seriously the exhortations of the public health system to cover up, slop on some sunscreen and wear a hat. Fortunately I have a stylish Akubra hat already.

Akubra make even you look good

I have invested $60 in a sunproof (SPF30+) long sleeved shirt, a product which unfortunately seems to be available only in gaudy garish colours featuring fish images. Mine has what Joe says is a mackerel. I think it is a barracuda. The shirt proudly announces loudly on the back it belongs to Bribie Island. On the front, in a more subdued shout it tells the world about Bribie Bait, Tackle and Bikes.

I usually resent the idea of paying $60 to wear an advertisement for someone’s business, but Joe at BBT&B has been super helpful with free service and advice on a new bike I didn’t buy from him. Besides, there wasn’t much choice.

That left Sunscreen. After paying a small fortune for swimproof 4 hour SPF50+ at the pharmacy, I found it for a quarter of the price at Aldi. Ah well.

And so it is, with my armour and heraldry, magical potion and hat, I go forth to do battle with the sun god.

Scar count so far: 2.

Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

One thought on “Skin”

  1. Very wise sir … stuff I do and we only get sun at your levels for a few weeks each summer. Re swimming – I have sunproof long sleeve T-shirts made for swimming or just lolling around, also sunroof regular hiking shirts. Must be someone on your oversized continent selling them.

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