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September 1, 2010

Whiter Shade of Pale..

 
Given that today is the first day of spring and was a warm day in Sydney, I decided to leave the tights at home and bare my legs to the world. What a horrible mistake that was. As I walked toward the bus I glanced down and almost fell over – my skin had moved past just being pale and was now entering translucent territory.  "Has it really been that long since my legs have seen sun?" I thought.  Since moving to Australia I have had a love/hate relationship with the sun – I love it but it doesn’t love me back. 

Gone are the silly days of my youth when I’d seek a sun-kissed glow all summer.  Now that I’ve surpassed my 30th birthday, the sun does nothing but produce lovely little brown patches on my skin and I’ve taken to applying self tanner in order to not look on the verge of death. I suppose it’s not a bad trade off considering the high level of skin cancer here, but I can’t help but feel bad for my poor boyfriend J, who happened to fall in love with the one girl that moves to Australia and runs for the shade.  When most other beach goers are lounging in the sun and frolicking in the waves, I can usually be found wearing my nana hat and applying and then re-applying sunscreen.  If he’s lucky, I might even break out my little Cancer Council sun tent (the horror!) and sit inside, reading books with just my toes sticking out. But as our impending move back to the beaches gets closer I’m afraid that even I won’t be able to resist an occasional dose of vitamin D...

12 comments:

Sarah said...

Great pic ... the water in Sydney looks amazing today. Happy first day of spring!

Jaclyn said...

thanks Sarah, this pic was actually from last summer (when my legs were still tan!)

Casie said...

Ooh, I remember, that's what summer looks like.

ruthy ann said...

something must happen once you hit your 30's...i get those stupid little brown spots too now!

Kristi said...

this is so funny...i to love the granny hat. happy spring to you.

Maria said...

Summer in Australia is just the best...but our sun is so harsh you often have to hide from it! Love the red on your toes.

Nell said...

I'm jealous of your step into spring...it's rain rain rain here! Love the autumn, hate the rain! xx

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

I think there must be something about getting past 30 and then embracing the nana hat. I certainly wished I had earlier, I wouldn't be confronted with a whole lot of aussie childhood skin damage that I am now...
Damn that water looks good though.

annelise said...

Yay for summer! It's been such a long winter, hasn't it? We had a glimpse yesterday of some Spring weather here in Victoria, which was then followed by a forecast of the worst storm in 15 years to hit some time today. Ho-hum.

I just found your blog today, love it! Have a great weekend :)

Catherine said...

oh summer, my favourite time of year without a doubt! I love this picture. Moving near the beach sounds really exciting!

Mama Mogantosh said...

But thems some fine looking legs. Me, I find it takes a lot of work to get my pins out. First, wax, then de-goth with fake tan...I so envy those olive-skinned babes.

{lovely little things} said...

Wishing it was sunnier here in Seattle, fall has descended and it looks like it's here to stay.

Enjoying your blog.

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