Friday, February 22, 2013

Swim, swim, swim . . .

 Afternoon tide all week, and I haven't been able to resist the sea. This little beach is just five minutes walk away, and it's well used. The locals start tripping down the steps as high tide approaches, all ready to go. Some bring something to float on, and others are serious swimmers and come clad in wetsuits and goggles, all ready to strike out.
 Guess who I was with when this little arrangement fell into place? With the little one, and a playdate who came along as well with her mother, we collected treasure from the beach. Who can find a perfect scallop shell? 'What's a scallop shell?' 'What does perfect mean?'
There's so much learning to be had in this place. An almost perfect scallop was found, and we had fun trying to put broken pieces together but none of them came from the same shell.
 On the next day I met my friend, who lives nearby. We like to swim out a bit, then float and turn and talk, prolonging our time in the water. It's amazing how reviving a swim can be. I emerge refreshed, and ready to work again.
And yesterday, with the high tide getting later in the afternoon now, I finished my swim by doing tai chi on the edge of the sea. Plenty of people about, but the movements are so absorbing, and with this to look at as I moved through the sequences, what could be better?
'What's perfect?"
'It means that there is nothing you want to change.'
That's what this week has been.


Diana Drent said...

'What's perfect?"
'It means that there is nothing you want to change.'

This is a beautiful quote. Really Juliet, it expressed everything.

Enjoying swimming it's relaxing.

And being together is the most important thing to do.

Lynley said...

Perfect comes easily to small people and to us in this long spell of blissful weather.

Happy dipping:-)

Juliet said...

Thanks Diana, the words just popped out of my mouth. I swam again today - it is truly relaxing, as you say. It's nice to be connecting with another sea-lover across the world.

Juliet said...

* Lynley, you say it so beautifully. Thank you, and enjoy your beach times too.

Hotly Spiced said...

That water looks so refreshing and inviting. I would love to have a swim in there. What is the current temperature? Would it be around 17C? That's what I remember from NZ beaches. And if you put your feet to the sand, are there any crabs? Getting bitten is something else I remember. For some strange reason, there aren't any crabs biting your toes in Sydney's beaches xx

Anne Ruffell said...

Looking at the trees reaching out over the sparkling water looks such an inviting scene particularly when it is so cold here! Just 2 degrees today but with a very cold wind coming across from Russia. I just long for the balmy days in New Zealand when we were there this time last year. A perfect spot to quieten the soul.

Juliet said...

* Charlie, the water feels pretty warm. I heard it was 20 degrees one day. This little beach is on the inner harbour, so it warms up nicely. No crabs though, and I've never bathed where there were any.

* Anne, I guess the cold just doesn't seem to go away at this time of the year. You will have to come and dip into the NZ summer again. This one is the best for years, and I ready that we may have to wait till 2016 for the next good one. So I'm making the best of it!

Thanks Charlie and Anne, nice to have you visit.

Diana Drent said...

I have searched a long time for people who share my passion for the sea. In the Netherlands, they're aren't many, maybe a few but not many who have a blog about it.

I am very glad that I got to know you. And that goes for Linley too
Two nice women who share my love for nature and the sea.

Juliet said...

* Diana, I walked by the sea today and ended the day with a swim on another coast. I can imagine there not being so many sea-lovers in the Netherlands, but here in NZ we have so many beaches: the sea is everywhere.

Penny O'Neill said...

Perfect! I've been a bit busy and missed these last posts of your and now come to find them and how perfect they are for me this morning! What a good explanation for such a good word. I found myself explaining proud to Kezzie when we last visited. That was a bit of challenge, Juliet, but, a few days later she did something, looked at me and said "Yia Yia will be proud of Kezzie" - and I was.

Juliet said...

* Penny, great to see you back. Yes, it keeps us on our toes explaining some of these words, doesn't it? You must have done well with proud, because clearly she 'got' it.
Thank you.