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scarlet woman!

Woe is me! I spent a delightful day in the back garden, lying on a rug under the gorgeous 1920s Japanese cotton parasol which belonged to my great-aunt Peggy in her youth, reading Little Women (which is much better than I remembered - I loved it when I was wee, but hadn't read it in well over a decade). But while my face and arms were sensibly smeared in SPF 16, and my face was sheltered by the parasol anyway (so lovely to read under, because the light filters through beautifully) I forgot to do my bare legs, because they never usually change colour, ever. But what a fool I was! While my arms are now a lovely healthy golden colour, and my face a healthier, creamier version of its usual milk-bottle white, the backs - just the backs! - of my legs are BRIGHT RED. No doubt the cruel barsine will find this vair vair amusing, as she laughed and laughed when she saw my sun burned nose a few weeks ago. But I don't (well, only a little bit), because I look freakish! I can't wear a skirt until the other sides of my legs at least match! And it's very unfair, because I've always been very sensible about wearing sun screen and not getting burned. But it seems that the sun will get me every time...

P.S.
It really has been a gorgeous day, so I'm not complaining too much...

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cangetmad
May. 16th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
It has indeed been a lovely weekend! I am smugly browned from an outdoor meal by the Tyne yesterday, though.
anglaisepaon
May. 16th, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC)
I spent a delightful day in the back garden, lying on a rug under the gorgeous 1920s Japanese cotton parasol which belonged to my great-aunt Peggy in her youth, reading Little Women

Even sunbathing sounds exotic when combined with a vintage Japanese parasol and a rug...! Ouch about the burned legs, though.
leedy
May. 17th, 2004 02:45 am (UTC)
Sympathies on the sunburned limbs. I presume you have anointed yourself liberally with aftersun to avoid vile peeliness?

I didn't get burned, but did nearly overdose on cuteness, as I spent yesterday at the zoo looking at BABY ANIMALS.
stellanova
May. 17th, 2004 03:03 am (UTC)
THE CHIMP BABY!

Did I tell you Louise got to play with the chimp baby because some friend of a friend works in the zoo, and although it was meant to be a special outing for her friends' baby, Jamie, lots of people tagged along. And apparently there was a simian face-off between Jamie and the baby chimp, who just stared at each other crossly - rivals in cuteness.

Oh, and the chimp baby lives with one of the keepers, and goes home every night in a car seat!
leedy
May. 17th, 2004 03:09 am (UTC)
And apparently there was a simian face-off between Jamie and the baby chimp, who just stared at each other crossly - rivals in cuteness.

Hee hee!

The chimp baby was utterly adorable - we first saw her playing peek-a-boo from under her blanket, then being fed from a bottle, and then the keeper who we presumed was her main carer arrived and she jumped from the other keeper's lap and cuddled him. Hypercute, I tell you.

We also saw a wee gorilla and a miniscule infant lemur. The new tiger kittens were, alas, still too small to meet their public.
barsine
May. 17th, 2004 03:23 am (UTC)
That's terrible. What kind of monster would laugh at sunburn?
stellanova
May. 17th, 2004 03:26 am (UTC)
YOU! You heartless, cruel creature....
barsine
May. 17th, 2004 07:07 am (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, while you were sizzling gently in the sun I was busy buckling my bike wheel in a freak 'stopping too quickly' accident in Sandymount. Now my poor bike is at the cycle-doctor, and it may cost me 'a fortune' (or so I have been quoted) to replace the wheel. So I am cool and pale of skin, but I'm also a horseless carriage ...
stellanova
May. 17th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm sorry. I trust you weren't injured in the freak accident, were you?

Oh, and are you going to Paul's yoke tomorrow night?
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