I blush. It took till the 7th of February, when the day was bright and warm and it felt that yes, summer really has arrived, before I took my first swim.

I lay on the beach at the end of the day with two friends. Two more, on the water, showed us how it’s done (I’ve forgotten, it’s been so long). In I plunged. And it was warm, apart from little nips of cold around the ankles from time to time.
I can’t remember a summer when I haven’t been in the sea in December, or at the latest, January. But this summer has been a tease, with plenty of rain, clouds, and cool winds. Now that I’ve taken the plunge at last, I can’t wait to do it again. But today isn’t so tempting, and the tide is a bit too far out, so maybe tomorrow . . . (sigh).