This particular picnic was in mid-September (it was hot). It was held by the HCA at a park with a lake, so it was quite picture-esque (and the pictures I took would have been very lovely had I positioned myself so that the modern cars were not visible in the pictures). Since the HCA is mainly a Civil War civilians reenacting group, the bustle gowns there were a mix of 1860s dresses modified to bustle and 1870s/80s dresses that were actual bustles. I would not have been able to tell that that 1860s dresses were, in fact, 1860s dresses had I not seen them just a few weeks earlier as 1860s dresses at a reenactment (which you will never see pictures of, by the way. I look horrible).
A simple picnic is never a simple picnic. Everyone brought blankets and tables and chairs and actual dishes and cutlery (I brought bright yellow plastic dishes) and it was lovely.
There were some games going on as well. These two below competed in a sack race (stick your legs into a sack or a pillowcase, jump to the finish line).
|Methinks one of them is cheating.|
|Mrs. H is proof that you can do it in a bustle.|
|... for a picture.|
"Heat Illness Prevention
- Drink plenty of water.
- The average person loses between one and two quarts of fluid an hour in perspiration during heavy exertion in hot weather.
- The only way to replace the fluid loss (and help the body continue to cool itself) is to drink water.
- Don't wait until thirsty to drink water. Being thirsty is not a good signal for the need to hydrate.
- Drink water instead of soda. Avoid substituting soft drinks, coffee, or other drinks containing caffeine or sugar.
- Know the nearest cool resting place.
- Get out of the sun or away from the source of heat and find a cool, preferably well ventilated resting place if you are starting to overheat or need to cool down.
- Wear light-colored, loose fitting, long-sleeved shirt, light-colored pants, UV sunglasses, and if appropriate, other protective equipment.
- Wear a wide brim hat (baseball caps do not cover the ears and neck.)
- Use sunscreen or sun block and reapply as needed.
- Eat light meals. Hot, heavy meals add heat to the body.
- A life-threatening emergency that occurs when the body overheats to a point where its temperature control system shuts down and heat builds up internally.
- The signs of impending heat stroke are altered behavior, convulsions, unconsciousness and, usually, lack of sweating.
- Should these symptoms occur, seek medical help immediately.
- Stop and get them into a shaded area that is open to the air or ventilation.
- If they are concious, encourge fluid intake.
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Take immediate steps to cool the person such as using cool moist towels or douse the person with water to bring the body temperature down.
Never leave a person with heat illness unattended."
Please, please, please be safe.