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Xanthe’s summer in the city

Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty

   We Britain’s love a bit of sunshine, sprawling out in that glorious sun enjoying the rays. With the weather now up in the high 20s,

we are enjoying the glorious sun and all the things it has to offer. Things like going to the beach, enjoying an ice cream, tanning and baking from the outside in…. Or that might just be me? What many of us aren’t thinking about is how does the sun affect our peepers. So sit back and get ready to be schooled.  I also hope to have you chuckling a little, at not one, but two rather chortle-worthy stories!

One of which is my misfortune involving a huge bright spotty pair of sunglasses and me, stuck dangling upside down showing the world my matching bright red spotty knickers! (My parents must become more and more proud of me every day when they discover my misfortunes).

Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city

So, let us begin with schooling you lovely fellows on what exactly that glorious sun does to our eyes if left unprotected. Then we’ll get to the stories including the one about my matching red spotty sunglasses and knickers. (Which I would like to point out was a complete coincidence…sort of)

Many of us are aware of the dangers ultraviolet light or UV rays have on our skin. I can bet very few of us are aware of the dangers it presents to our eyes and the damage it can do. I was one of the few that knew this. But that is the joy of having a Mum who would repeatedly show us photos of damaged eyes every time we even thought of leaving the house without sunglasses on when it was sunny. Cheers Mum.

The damage caused by exposure to UV rays can come not only natural sunlight but also from artificial UV rays. These UV rays can lead to damage to the cornea and lens as well as the eye’s other surface tissues.

Fun fact (but actually it’s not fun at all!) You can experience sunburn on your eyes!!! (ouch!) so what’s the moral of this schooling my friends? You need to protect your skin with sun cream and you should always protect your eyes and vision with appropriate sunglasses.  Because quite frankly sunburnt eyes are something everyone should avoid.

Despite the heat it’ll be alright

Now it’s story time and I’d like to start off by saying I am quite an accident-prone person and to be honest that’s putting it lightly. Seven bones broken and god knows how many sprains and not even 30 yet, no wonder my poor dad has lost all his hair!  I’d also like to point out now that neither of my parents know about this story, so this should be fun. (If I still lived at home I would have been so grounded, even at 25) So, Mum, Dad enjoy!  It’s no secret that I was quite a headstrong teenager and thought I knew everything. Looking back now it makes me chuckle how I had no clue and some of the things I did get up to were very bad ideas.

For instance, the time I got shot at by a farmer because me and friend (who is going to remain anonymous) decided to take a shortcut across his land. Granted we did pass at least 3 signs saying we were trespassing but the alternative route was an extra 40 minutes so no harm, right? WRONG!!! I can hand on heart promise you after that day I was more than happy to walk the extra 40 minutes!

How does this relate to sunglasses you ask? Well if said farmer had been wearing sunglasses he’d probably have shot us… Moral of the story 1, Don’t take shortcuts and 2, Avoid gun wielding farmers. Oh, and obviously 3, wear your sunglasses.

Come-on, come-on and dance all night

It’s now the moment I’m sure some of you have been waiting for.  The story of how Sheryl Doe’s daughter end up stuck upside down with the entire world getting a good look at her red spotty knickers? Which I still own, by the way, nothing beats a good pair of old knickers…or is that just me again? Anyway, moving on. I’d decided to go to Blackpool for the day with some friends and was thoroughly looking forward to some sun, sea and sand. I had a lovely summer dress on, my favourite spotty red sunglasses. (Unfortunately, I no longer have them, which always brings me close to tears when I think about it. I LOVED THEM SO MUCH!) I also had a bottle of white wine, which may explain my behaviour that was to follow that evening.

Cool town, evening in the city

We arrived at Blackpool and for the next few hours, all was well, too well if I’m honest. So obviously that meant something was going to ruin it, or more someone. (A little hint that someone was me). We were sat near some monkey bars where some young lads were doing pull ups, being very cave man like. All just to try and get our attention. I can honestly say it wasn’t working. If they had puppies or pizza, then they would have my full attention.  But fannying about on monkey bars is not my idea of being wooed.

Anyway, after a while I got a bit sick of them. So me being, well me, I decided to do the only logical thing (it wasn’t logical at all, NOT AT ALL!) I decided to go over to these guys and have a go and obviously failed miserably. I thought I’d show them up by dangling upside down and do a few up crunches.  Easy? (WRONG!) That’s how I found myself stuck upside down with my knickers on show. My only saving grace was my sunglasses covering how utterly red I’d gone in embarrassment, so thank you bright red sunglasses for hiding my utter redness. Also, did any of my friends help me? NOPE did they heck! I ended up being lifted down by a guy who looked as if he could snap me in half. To say I felt like a prat is an understatement.

Anyway, after a while I got a bit sick of them. So me being, well me, I decided to do the only logical thing (it wasn’t logical at all, NOT AT ALL!) I decided to go over to these guys and have a go and obviously failed miserably. I thought I’d show them up by just dangling upside down and do a few up crunches. Easy! (WRONG!) That’s how I found myself stuck upside down with my knickers on show. My only saving grace was my sunglasses covering how utterly red I’d gone in embarrassment, so thank you bright red sunglasses for hiding my utter redness. Also, did any of my friends help me? NOPE did they heck! I ended up being hooked down by a guy who looked like he could snap me in half. To say I felt like a prat is an understatement.

So the moral of the story is always wear your sunglasses when you’re having a day out in the sun, they will protect your eyes and may save your blushes!

Dressing so fine and looking so pretty

As some of you may know I have a slight obsession with Marilyn Monroe, she is my idol and utterly gorgeous. Anything Marilyn Monroe related gets my curiosity, so when I came across these gorgeous Marilyn Monroe sunglasses in our optician’s practice, Allegro Optical in Meltham.

Marilyn Monroe sunglasses at Allegro Optical

I’m not ashamed to admit I almost pee’d my pants.  I am absolutely in love with them! I Just absolutely love anything with this sort of style, so obviously I also feel in love with these Oscar De La Renta sunglasses also in our Meltham practice.  They are just absolutely gorgeous, I’m after the gold ones!

 

In the summer, in the city

Who knew that Huddersfield could be the centre of the sunglass fashion world!

So, (stay on track Xanthe), not only do our sunglasses protect our eyes from the sun’s sometimes damaging effects. They’re also a great accessory. If you would like us to find your next summer essential and gorgeous accessory then pop into, Allegro Optical, at 1-3 Station Street, Meltham. It’s not far from Holmfirth or Huddersfield, and a member of the team will get you looking fabulous this summer.

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