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The Death Trap

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

It hit 32c here today and we decided our first swim for the season was in order to cool off after a sweaty day so we headed down to the beach for a nice swim in the ocean.

Living down here at the bottom of the country, we’re only about a couple of clicks away from Antarctica although you wouldn’t know it in the middle of January.  Plenty of people were in the water all having a merry time so that was good enough for us.  The warm currents usually don’t arrive until early December after all the icebergs off the coast have melted but that didn’t deter us from taking the plunge. 

Holy shite!  What are those lumps in my throat!  After my screaming had died down I realised I could really hit the high notes with ease.  I’m going to sue the Council for not having a warning sign on the beach telling us that the benign looking water was a health hazard and a death trap.  Peggy, where the hell was your wet suit when I needed it.  If you don’t believe how bad it was, MP snapped a picture of me.

You may not believe this but we’re going to do it again tomorrow morning but this time we’re having a long, fast, run along the beach to work up one hell of a lather before tackling that beast again. 

Before I do that, there’s just a couple of things I need to find first.

  1. November 8, 2009 at 4:36 am

    You poor hothouse orchid!! I am up in the north where we are enjoying the dark and 4C rain.

    Go buy a 3mm shortie wet suit. Mine is for girls and will not fit you. They aren’t expensive then you can go into the water protected from its chill. You will also be protected from stinging things and sharp things.

    Peggy – Yeah, I know what the weather in the UK is like. Been there in winter 7 times! Makes you think 40c isn’t too bad.

    The surfers all wear wetsuits but I use the surf for cooling off and a bit of boogie boarding. I exaggerate about the cold and by your standards, it’s probably warm. 🙂 It’s probably about 16-20c at the moment and maybe 5c warmer by December. Queenslanders are terrified of getting in but we get used to it.

  2. Muppet's Mum
    November 8, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    You big wus, I had a swim with the dogs this morning and it was just delightful!

    You must have a thick hide. Being on fire when we hit the water this morning helped.

  3. june in florida
    November 8, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I remember well, May 1st come snow, rain or wind, school swimming classes started in the river in Oxford.Not the teacher, just us kids,she was on the bank yelling at us in her winter coat.

    June – You actually did swimming classes in the river. Bizarre! Nowadays, of course, they all go to heated indoor pools.

  4. Thomas Houseman
    November 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Cripes… the person in that photo is a loon!

    How dare you call me that! Nah, if that had been me, I wouldn’t be here writing this.

  5. November 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    LOL If you actually had that much ice in the winter then you wouldn’t have a drought in the summer.

    PD – They’ve just had 500mm (20″) in a day up in Northern NSW. Man, would that fill our reservoirs.

  6. November 9, 2009 at 3:21 am


    We’re about 5 C around here these days. Cold, wet Oregon rain…

    Keep your friends close, and your testicles closer…

    Scott – Who made that quote? The Greek philosopher, Testiclies?

    I feel better now after hearing of the misery in Oregon and Scotland!

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