|Elgol, Skye: photo by Santa Cruiser on Flickr.com
Thank you all my friends for your useful comments which have helped me come to a decision about which hard hat to wear on the Isle of Skye geological field course.
Yes it will of course be the 'cricket box' as proposed by Riley. In the end it was no contest. But I am a bit confused about ClimbingMandy's assertion that I will need to bring a thick skin to handle the ribbing from Gail's workmates. Why would anyone tease me about such smart, sleek protective headgear? (Other than perhaps from jealousy.)
So no worries on that score.
No, my new concerns arise from a latest peep at emails circulating in Gail's workplace, about the field course accommodation.
On learning that the bunkhouse will, contrary to earlier information, supply 'one bath towel each (not a large one)', a certain colleague, who will remain anonymous but is not at all junior, responded thus:
"Good, I was going to go native, and use an otter or other similar local furry animal for that purpose".
I would like to remind anyone in this bunkhouse who is short of something suitable with which to dry themselves that I am a WIRE-HAIRED fox terrier, hand stripped to preserve the COARSENESS and WIRY-NESS of my coat which very effectively REPELS water and is not at all absorbent. I also have teeth.
We head west to Skye on Sunday. Wish me luck. This blog will be quiet for a few days.