The winter weather is playing havoc with my midlife skin, and in particular with my lips. They are so sore and look something like this:
I have a bathroom cabinet full of possible cures, but none seem to be working efficiently, regardless of how many times a day I apply them.
There’s nothing for it then; I require a balaclava. This particular mode of headwear is named after the town of Balaclava in Crimea (now Ukraine) and was originally worn by Russian soldiers. It’s a sort of sock for your head that doubles up as a hat and a scarf. They are wonderfully warm and popular with skiers, climbers and all outdoorsy types in cold climates.
I have no desire, however, to look like a dodgy criminal when I pop into Tesco, or to set off any alarm bells at my local Barclays branch, so I may have to get my knitting needles out, as the only ones I can find are black or very dark in colour.
This is what I’m aiming for as a cure for my chapped lips; I’ll keep you posted when I find a decent pattern: