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yes. the dog photo was taken by a professional.
When I look at waves all I see is the size of them. Wiser people say things like - it is big but not breaking or it has no power in it etc. I feel that the skills you need to be an improving ocean swimmer are sort of like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Pacific Jules
With all the sightings of the fever of cow nosed-rays I wondered about who is the decider of collective nouns. Personally I would not have selected a 'fever' for rays. I think a glide of rays would be better. Their movement is so smooth and elegant. So I then wondered... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Pacific Jules
Another lovely day for a swim at Manly and lots of people came along for a swim today from near and far. The beach was experiencing some dangerous conditions so it is handy as always to be able to swim from South Steyne or from halfway or from Shelly. Each... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Summer Solstice today and what better way to mark it than with an ocean swim. It is a whipple amazing way to celebrate. This is an expression from the Oxford dictionary word of the year considerations but unlike "milkshake duck" or the winner, "youthquake" it is one that applies to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Heading Encounters with early swimmers Big waves today. how come the water has become difficult for summer badge swimming? these people not deterred. Here is Ed (left) who leads the Manly Hydraulic Lab from which there is a lot of data that is used by apps we consult for information... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Pretty challenging today It is great to be alive. I am always reminded of that when I see the sea. Last week our Karen and Maryanne swam in the Coogee Island Challenge having done it last year in quite challenging conditions. Look at the smiles and enthusiasm Sarah also came... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Pacific Jules
When I was in primary school and we had athletics carnivals, I was impressed by the children who ran fast and won races. However, I could run but not as quickly. The ones that amazed me were those who could high jump. There is no way in the world I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Inge The photos meld because I was rushing to finish. I did not get to mention Greg in the photo with you who has TWICE swim from manly to Bondi beach. To visit friends at Bondi!!! Also newbie Judy who picked not the best day to start but still had a great swim. I will put that book on the list
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2017 on 17 November 2017 "Bloody freezing" at Pacific Jules
Verdict from the early swimmers was "bloody freezing" not to mention to seaweed, jelly blubbers, wind, bit of waves ("quite bumpy") and rubbish. However still a good swim overall. Here is Yassar from Honolulu. Honolulu is full of Australians so he probably thought he would come and see Australia and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Last week I lost the will to hear anymore times the combination of words involving citizen -senator -parliament. But the media seems to have no idea that this topic is no longer of interest to me. This week, it seems Jackie Lambert Tasmanian senator may have - in addition to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Pacific Jules
I have always loved moustaches so am excited that Movember is finally here. I will be seeking out good moustaches. But also it is move-ember so if you have had a sedentary few months, now is the time to move. of course the Italian word for swimming is 'nuotare' so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Pacific Jules
So many lovely creatures visiting the BB and the aquatic reserve - latest is the "fever" of eagle rays but following whales, sharks, turtles etc. They must know it is a safe zone where they will be appreciated. I am not sure the fever was there. Or perhaps there was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Pacific Jules
I think young people are so clever these days. While it took me quite a while to find out about BB and get here to swim just from Lane Cove, we constantly get visits from overseas like Rolo and Marieke and Lars last week. This week we had Grunhilde and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Greeted by the sight of swimmers looking at the horizon, I wondered what the story was. It was 4 maybe 5 whales! so beautiful. so exciting. What a special treat for Fiona and Chris - each of whom was having a birthday today. Happy birthday to you both. Imagine that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Pacific Jules
I celebrated a birthday this week along with lots of other BnB swimmers. Getting older is sometimes connected with people feeling nostalgic about the 'old days' but I am not. I was thinking about the leaded petrol pollution, people littering before the Don't Litter campaign and the fact that we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Swimming is a way of feeling new and revitalised. No newbies today but if there were, they would find out what it is like to start your day with a swim. I have been spending a bit of time - like usual - investigating ways of improving my health and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Finding your Ikigai Apparently it is now "known" that working for longer may help you live longer. This may not sound all that appealing, but staying in the workplace for just one year more than another retired and healthy counterpart has been shown to be associated with an 11% lower... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Spring is here. Lots of things going on . People turning their minds to new things to do. Swimming is a great way to spend the first of September. The water was 18.1 and clear as clear can be. Yes there are baby jimbles thinking about reproducing somewhere but they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Arriving for a swim with the dashboard showing 9 degrees, and seeing the water temperature may not seem something to feel cheerful about but it is. And I am a grumpy old person. The sea was calm and clear. And it was John Schaeffer's 60th birthday. Happy birthday - what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Every generation has its own lingo and it is a matter that fascinates me. It means to be "self-aware, questioning the dominant paradigm and striving for something better." We are all WOKE because we are swimming. And if we were not, on the old paradigm[;] the temp would have us... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Pacific Jules
The date has been set for the badge ceremony - 19 Sept so all you need to do is get the swims in If you are not a badge collector then the swim is its own reward. The other people who came along today to enjoy the swim, potential badge[s],... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Pacific Jules
Also Paul Every has been clocking up loads of kms because he is swimming between the two main Japanese islands but today Sue Marinan knocked him off the Furthest Swim spot todayUNSTOPPABLE