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Friday, April 24, 2015

The Underwhelming performance of Umbrellas



It's Autumn in Australia, and Autumn is a season typically characterised by increasingly cool mornings and evenings, but pleasant, sunny days, and mild temperatures. However, the weather has recently been much more wintery. At the beginning of the week we had three days of continual rain, storms and chilly temperatures (by Australian standards anyway). It can be very difficult to stay dry when it rains all the time. Difficult? Okay, virtually impossible.

Umbrellas do well in their designated task of protecting one from rain...unless it's windy as well. A gusty, wet day usually sees the demise of many unfortunate rain guardians. It's indiscriminate carnage really. Smaller umbrellas, the type that are convenient to carry in your bag, in case it rains, are the generally the first victims. Larger, sturdier versions are not immune to this destruction either. I lost a dear friend this week, a faithful servant who made the ultimate sacrifice for me. (See picture above right.)

If you get one large and strong enough to give you a hope of real defence, and let's not forget that unless the rain is vertical, you'll still get wet - you are armed with a cumbersome device which makes doing just about anything extremely awkward.

I love it when you get to your car and try to close the umbrella before, or at the same time as, you try to get in. Love that little shower, and the water which flicks all over you car's floor and seats.

When the weather is really appalling, one has to realise the mortal limitations of umbrellas, and just accept the tragic inevitabilities...or somewhat comical outcomes as seen in the video below. I hope the weather is all right wherever you are in this wonderful world of ours.



7 comments:

  1. Your autumn is my spring. Here the trees are just starting to become green.

    I never use an umbrella, too much hazzle in the wind. I prefer to wear a Gore-Tex jacket.

    Cold As Heaven

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    1. The jacket sound good, but does it keep you dry? And what about your head? It's true though, umbrellas can be a major inconvenience even if they do manage to actually keep you dry.

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  2. You should try using an umbrella in Wellington. Not a chance, mate! I just resign myself to being wet.

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    1. Ahh, windy Wellington! Umbrellas aren't big sellers there then, I take it. Thanks for visiting Square Pegs, and for taking the time to comment.

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  3. I've generally given up on umbrellas for just that awkward reason. I prefer to go out with a good coat with a hood and not have to deal with all that folding and unfolding and carrying a wet umbrella around while shopping.

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  4. I've lost a few over the years......they make a good wind break but turn the wrong way, and they're gone.
    Like Jean, a good hat and coat works better.

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