I am feeling despondent. Whilst in the Little Outdoor Shop of Horrors in Sweden, I purchased a pair of Houdini wrist gaiters. Two weeks later, one escaped whilst on a night tour of downtown Prague. Whilst it may have had a fleeting moment of excitement, the gaiter is probably now buried under a pile of junk in the city dump. All I have are memories of what had promised to be a blossoming partnership.
Wrist gaiters are an ugly invention, if I am being honest. They are a completely fingerless tube of material with a slit for one’s thumb at the side. Have a look on the Houdini website. But in terms of being a practical item for an outdoor teacher, they are a blessing. They allow for full use of the digits to tackle tricky jobs like tying up shoe laces and can be slipped down to the wrists, leaving the hands completely free and no loose gloves to look for at the end of an outdoor session. It’s much easier writing outdoors in winter too.
Despite searching endlessly on the internet I have been unable to find another pair to buy online without having to pay extortionate shipping fees. Houdini is a Swedish company that does not recognise the UK market yet. The collapse of sterling against all other currencies doesn’t help either. Last week I was considerably heartened to find some very funky wrist warmers in Ragamuffin, a semi-designer wool shop on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Alas too much choice and too high a cost both confused and frightened me. I made a quiet retreat and soothed my shaken nerves with a nice hot chocolate in a nearby coffee shop.