Friday, 7 February 2014

Beach Shelter Sky

When I was a kid, if you put anything on your arms or legs when it was sunny, it was called "Sun Tan Oil" - the aim (as far as I can remember) was to help you go brown!  My father would sit in the back yard and bake himself lobster red, wait for the skin to fall off and then do it all again - buy the end of the summer he was the same colour on his chest as a hazel nut - how back would still be white, because he just sat in a chair!

Jump to today and things are very different.  We slather ourselves, and more so our kids, in sun-block and at the beach we take shelter under rather clever self erecting tents.  These tents come in a range of rather lurid colours - ours is no exception - and they can stud the beach, looking like strange psychedelic mushrooms - which is ironic when I think about it!

This is the view from within your shelter!  I can understand why all these changes have occurred, but it's such a loss for kids to look up into the sky and see an enemy, rather than a marker of long days of freedom.



You can find more shots of the sky at Sky Watch Friday.  SM

PS: don't forget the factor 50+!

25 comments:

ladyfi said...

So true! But rather being careful than dying too early from cancer.

Nice shot.

cobie en bas van Es said...

heerlijk soms willen we ook kind zijn dat heeft toch niets met leeftijd te maken.

Phil Slade said...

Can't see us needing using those sun tents here Stewart but they'd sure come in handy as large umbrellas.

Yellow-legged Gull is a separate species - Larus michahellis. It certainly looks different with those bright chrome legs.

DeniseinVA said...

Same over here but being one of those wo can't baki in the sun, I welcome the shade :(

Optimistic Existentialist said...

"it's such a loss for kids to look up into the sky and see an enemy, rather than a marker of long days of freedom" - I've never thought of it that way before...interesting.

TexWisGirl said...

thank goodness we no longer cook ourselves.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

It is a wonder I survived childhood and my teen years living in southern California near the beach. Nowadays, long pants and long sleeve shirt year around with a hat on my head. Well written Stewart.

Gail Dixon said...

I remember using baby oil as a teenager. The first burn would be red, then peel, then I'd be brown. I wouldn't dare do that now.

Sylvia K said...

I was never able to get a tan no matter what kind of oil/lotions I tried, so I finally gave up and just learned to live with fair skin. Yes, I'm glad we no longer cook ourselves, too!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I agree. It's too bad for kids. Things were easier before we knew anything ;>)(Everything sure is different since everything changed!)....

We feel so much better here in the sun than in rainy Oregon, but it's a trade off (one my Oregon dermatologist doesn't feel is worth it!).

Lynn said...

I shudder to think what we did as teenagers, ban de soleil in gobs, metal sun reflectors to our faces, skin the colour of chocolate...so far myself and all of my family and friends have escaped skin cancer but my face shows the abuse!

Montanagirl said...

Yes, I can't take the sun, and don't wish to be out in it much anymore. I received some terrible sunburns as a kid - with no sunblock.

Erika Price said...

Times have certainly changed! We're all fair skinned and my mother thought if we stayed in the sun long enough all our freckles would merge & we'd go brown. WRONG! She is now being treated for multiple malignant melanomas, and I still burn a lobster red before my skin returns to a freckly white :)

eileeninmd said...

Being fair skinned myself I can understand the need for sunscreen. When I was younger LOL, I use to enjoy turning red and peel and turn white again. I do love being at the beach and I need the vitamin D. Great shot! Have a happy weekend!

Laura said...

Better safe than sick… still there is something to be said for fearless freedom and childhood.

artmusedog said...

So true ~ yet the 'world turns' ~ Creative shot for SWF ~ artmusedog and carol ^_^
www.acreativeharbor.com

LV said...

Better safe than sorrow. I know too many that stayed in the sun too long and are now paying a price.

Jen said...

I like the new shelters. No need to fear the sun, but limiting unnecessary exposure is not a bad idea.

Carole M. said...

times certainly have changed but it's good that some will heed the warnings hopefully. Yesteryear it was often considered having the kids out in the sun was a great attribute - "we had a great holiday; we all came back as dark as berries!" comments. My (late) hubby Des, lost his life to melanoma. It's too big a price to pay.

Irma said...

It can not be alerted to the sun enough.
A lot of people who always sat in the sun now have skin cancer.

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

These shelters are restrictive but also protective !

Kusum Sanu said...

I am not a beach person, but beach shelters are good!

Janice Adcock said...

Love the story and the picture.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Wonderful photo, great light, great color and great blue sky! And a little shade also. Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I really enjoyed it. cheers.

Pat Tillett said...

It's a nice photo and it sure does remind me of a summer day. I know what you mean about the sun. My mom never said a SINGLE word about sunburn. I've paying the price for that now. My kids and grand kids on the other hand, know the word "slather" quite well.