Overly Demanding

There is a strengthening north-easterly breeze, it’s low tide and I would ideally like to find a sheltered spot in the sunshine.  The possibilities dwindle rapidly.  On a big spring tide the water vanishes out of sight on most of the Torbay beaches and becomes very shallow and additionally at low tide many of the…

The River in Winter

‘Go swimming’ was not in the starting line-up of things to happen on Sunday.  Top of that list was ‘repair broken furniture’ yes it was to be that sort of day, though ‘go swimming’ was, as always, on the reserve bench.  And so I muse on the unexpected turn of events as I jog along…

Hyperventilating

Mill Bay Cove is quite sheltered today but the sun has for the moment slipped in behind some cloud and the air is freezing and catches at the back of my throat after my run down from Brownstone and Froward Point.  Maybe I should abandon a swim.  No, it’ll be just fine in the water.  I slip…

Newfoundland Cove

This is one of my favourite swims.  The bay is sheltered by high cliffs clad with dark green pines which subtly scent the summer air with smells of resin and the carpet of pine needles.  But even today chill as it is here under the sun warmed trees as I slip and slide down to…

There and Back Again.

On a proper low tide it is possible to walk along the foreshore from Short Sands via Long Sands right through to Scabbacombe.  However, time and tide and the state of the sea have to be just so or you can only make it around the headland to Scabbacombe with extreme difficulty and a paddle. …