Evening Constitutional by the Estuary
Our house swap home is right by the beach and most evenings we go for a walk along the estuary. It’s just so nice to be out at 7 or 8 in the evening in the sunshine. When the tide’s out you can walk way out into the estuary and then return by the coastal path and circling the vast grassy expanse of Ferguson Park.
We also discovered a third option the other day – a hilltop walk along the far side of the park with lovely views over our usual route. The colours always seem to be blues and greens – the grass and the mature trees lining the shore and the abundance of agapanthus (supposedly a ‘noxious weed’ but so colourful) in all the gardens.
The iconic sun smart campaign in New Zealand has been running for sometime. I think there’s even a song… or maybe it’s just a jingle.
There is, according to the experts, a hole in the ozone layer south of new Zealand over Antarctica and New Zealand’s summertime ozone has decreased by about 10% since 1970.
SLIP into a long-sleeved shirt and into the shade. . Generally, fabrics with a tighter weave and darker colours will give you greater protection from the sun. There are also certain fabrics on the market that have a SPF rating.
SLOP on plenty of broad-spectrum SPF30+ sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outdoors.
SLAP on a hat with a wide-brim or a cap with flaps – more people get sunburned on their face and neck than any other part of the body.
WRAP on a pair of wrap-around sunglasses – UV radiation is just as dangerous to eyesight as it is for the skin.