'In every direction there were people swimming, to my left a Bart Simpson loomed from the waves, and as I came out I passed a couple running in to the sea quickly, submerging and getting out as fast, still others were swimming distance further in to the Bay, their familiar tow-floats bobbing at pace as they moved through a flattish incoming tide.'
Lots of water has gone in to Windermere this week, raising the level of the Lake at least three feet and removing access to the jetties and the boat house, all of which have quietly disappeared beneath the water. Celebrating the shortest day and the longest night is bit of a tradition for our family, knowing we're turning back towards the light is helpful, particularly in this dark moment where fear is the prevalent mood, and connections between ourselves, others and nature are curtailed.
Thanks to the Morecambe And Lancaster Lancashire Open Water Swimmers (MALLOWS) and Ceri @ the Aquatic Body I was able to have a dip today at Capernwray Dive Centre, a remarkable place to get in to the water and amble about amidst the fish, divers, more fish and lots of similarly minded swimmers - the... Continue Reading →
A joyous second swim of the winter with snow on the fell tops and the lake temperature dipping close to seven degrees.
We woke to a frost, which seemed fitting on the first meteorolgical day of Winter. It's also the first day of my project to swim for ten minutes in water ten degrees or less, giving £10 to Cancercare each time I manage it. Hence 10 x 10 x 10. If you feel you can donate... Continue Reading →
'...to stay in the water whatever the weather and to search out spaces to swim, float and drift. To explore the precision of water whose crystalline chill cuts across the arched neck necessitated for breast stroke, and travels warming to the core, pain receptors and adrenaline feeding each other in echoing waves of the water that enfolds cold and flesh.'
Last night there was a performance by Big Kid 'Cuban' Circus on the promenade at Morecambe. People queued, socially distanced in the rain, under the halo flare of the big top lights and a dark sky full of rain. The performance was limited to two hundred people, a quarter capacity, with masks mandatory and the... Continue Reading →
The last few days have seen an influx of marking, PhD chapters, submissions, editing of a journal paper and all the usual stuff which normally makes this time of year frustrating. The weather is kind and the greens are still differentiated, before they fade towards a common hue in June, the light is soft, and... Continue Reading →
Today has been the most social of the past seven weeks, largely because people have been outside and our walk has taken us past them. Everyone seems intent on enjoying themselves and who could blame them. Having spent yesterday talking and taking pictures of Circus performers (all appropriately distanced), as well as the remarkable and... Continue Reading →