Friday, June 20, 2014
Seen on Today's Travels
On the right at the top is a real treasure. The other day I was talking on the phone to my friend L while walking in the woods, and a gnat flew into my mouth and right down my throat. I never could get it out, and after a lot of water it seemed to have slid down, and I guess all was well as I had no ill effects. I told L that I had just swallowed a bug, and yesterday when she came over she brought me a gift-- a bug-chasing hat from Mali! I put it on the stone ram in the front yard to draw it. You can see three of the four dangling tassels that bobble around when the wearer walks.
After drawing the cap. I put it on and test drove it on the Jones Mountain trail, which is clouded with gnats these days. I can honestly say I had NO trouble with any insects. I walked with a man who lives at the top of the mountain for part of the hike, and he told me the gnats were driving him crazy, and he was wearing herbal bug spray. So we concluded the cap did the trick. It's made of white linen so it's fairly cool to wear (it doesn't LOOK cool, just feels cool). I had thought the tassel bobbing in front of my nose might be irritating, but it wasn't at all. Much less irritating than a cloud of gnats getting into my teeth!
And at the bottom, some pretty pipsisewa blooms.