Tuesday 28 November 2017

Quiet interlude

Things have been quiet here on the eastern coast. My swimming has continued, although of late it is more of a dip than a swim. This is partly due to a few early winter storms. It can be a tad intimidating, even in the shallows, when the big rollers come crashing in.

Grey morning, surf building up.

Mind, it is getting chillier. A week or so back I took part in a small charity event in Boulmer. Part of the do involved a swim in the sea. There was a blustery north wind whipping through the car park were we got changed. Temperatures were given as 3 degrees. Sea temperatures were rated at seven degrees. A few of us opted for a dip, just to show willing. A case of in, get wet, a quick dip and out. Hot soup and such were very welcome afterwards.

Receding tide, Boulmer.

Mike, Lucky, the intrepid dog and myself gave up any idea of spending a night on Lindisfarne. Parking restrictions every which way. Instead we spent a night at Ross Back Sands. Quite a chilly one too.


Recently I have upped my miles a wee bit when walking over for a swim. The average mileage was roughly seven miles. Now I sometimes increase it to ten.
Cozy dog!

Fishing boat, Blyth harbour.

There is little else to report. A couple of winter trips are in the pipeline. Winter gear is being sorted out. With frequent cold northerly winds sweeping the east coast, warmer clothing is called for. Friday is the first day of December and I shall be in for at least a quick dip.
 Stormy skies.

A heavy surf, big rollers breaking on the beach.


  1. Some really excellent photographs there Dawn.

    Your current acivity regime (if that's the right word) is making me feel even more inadequate than usual!

  2. Hi John! Yes, I am pleased at how one or two photos turned out. It is tempting at times to throw the towel in but I feel the necessity to remain as active as possible.

  3. Love the sunset shot or sunrise maybe. You are doing brilliant.

  4. Thank you Alan it was a morning shot, rather pleased with that one.

  5. I love that photo of the boat in the harbour, wonderful light. Very impressed at swimming in the North Sea in the winter. I was down in Cornwall last week and managed to find a whole list of "excuses" not to go in the water (and I own wetsuits and drysuits as well) :)

  6. Hardly swimming, more a case of having a dip Andy. The light was good when I took the photos.Handy to have a camera in a pocket when out and about.