Well April was certainly a month for showers and it looks like May might be going the same way if today is anything to go by. So it seemed the perfect time to be trying out our new umbrellas from Susino, which we were sent to review.
H is sadly getting a bit too old for children’s brollies and whilst they look fun, I wanted something that he could take to secondary school without being teased. So we went for a classic black one for H. It’s a really good quality umbrella with a wooden handle. It has an automatic opening function which is fun, although it does make the umbrella become a bit of a toy for an eager 11-year-old. The handle is easy to hold and the umbrella feels fairly sturdy, so I can see this one lasting a long time (as long as it doesn’t get lost, which is entirely possible for a 11-year-old navigating public transport alone for the first time). There’s a carry strap on the cover too, which could be handy for picking it up on the bus or whatever.
I decided to go for an umbrella that fulfilled two functions: a selfie stick and an umbrella. Now I don’t take a huge number of selfies, but as a blogger it’s sometimes necessary. H isn’t always around to take a picture of me when it suits. Also, a selfie stick can be useful sometimes when you want to get a better angle or need to be a bit taller and you don’t fancy climbing up a tree to get the shot you want. I figured if my umbrella was a selfie stick too, I’d be more likely to have it with me because I don’t generally pop a selfie stick in my handbag, but I would carry an umbrella. There’s a remote control on the umbrella cover and the selfie device is part of the umbrella handle, which is a really convenient arrangement. The selfie stick doesn’t make for as comfortable a handle as on H’s umbrella and that would be the downside of this. I think I’ll be using it on days out and when I’m at events, rather than on the school run. I love the colour though and it’s a lightweight umbrella to carry.