First swim!

by | Feb 9, 2012 | Uncategorized | 6 comments

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).


  1. Ruth

    I envy you your swim. I haven’t been in the water at all this summer, and we have had hot days. Somehow the time has never quite coincided with the opportunity. I hope you’ll enjoy many more swims in the next few weeks.

  2. juliet

    I’m glad I’m not the only one, Ruth. Let’s hope we both find the opportunity for some delicious swims while summer lingers warmly.

  3. Lynley

    The gulls were showing the way Juliet. We seem to be truly Aotearoa, Land of the long white ( or greyish) cloud this summer.
    Two days of lovely sunshine but back to cloud and cooler southerlies here today….

    I see that the Pohutukawas across the road are sprouting abundantly from their bases so they are enjoying this unusual season.

  4. juliet

    Hi Lynley, we have to make the most of the sun while it’s here. How interesting that the pohutukawas are sprouting in that way. The rain has done a lot of good for the trees.

  5. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Juliet .. love the photos – I must say it takes ages for me to get in and swim …and am not sure I did it that often in SA – even in a pool.

    Beautiful area though and I love seeing it .. hope you get a few more sunny days before the autumn starts to creep up ..

    Cheers Hilary

  6. juliet

    Hi Hilary, thanks for dropping in – I haven’t had a swim since as the rain has returned. It would be nice to have a sunny day again, and I’ll be sure to make the most of it.


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