Unusually enough we had fantastic May Day weather this year. Having vowed never to let myself get sunburned again, I decided it was therefore a great opportunity to start using my parasol… even if it was only to trot about and read my book in the grounds!
Carrying a parasol, like wearing a hat, is one of those things that takes a couple of outings to get used to, but quickly becomes second nature. The funniest moment came when walking back up the lane from taking pictures of the bluebells at a nearby beauty spot, when a woman out walking with her daughters stopped dead in her tracks and pointed unashamedly at me, grabbing at her daughters as she did so. I can’t decide whether she thought she was seeing a ghost or walking into some sort of role-playing situation!