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BOLD & BEAUTIFUL IS NOT CURRENTLY MEETING DUE TO THE CONTINUED RISK OF COVID-19. IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND FOLLOW PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE. THANK YOU FOR SWIMMING AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY. An overcast sky this morning. As I walked down Ashburner Street I could hear... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Pacific Jules
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BOLD & BEAUTIFUL IS NOT CURRENTLY RUNNING DUE TO THE RISKS OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19). IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND FOLLOW PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE Thank you for swimming at different times of the day and maintaining 1.5m distance. AND WEAR A CAP SO THAT YOU CAN BE SEEN... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2020 at Pacific Jules
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A stunning morning: Plenty of seaweed around: And yellowtail: This eagle ray disappeared into the gloom before I could get a good shot: Little Stripey Things: Little Non-Stripey Things: Long Non-Stripey Things: Crayweed's looking good: Bin: Amanda, about to breaststroke her way across the bay: And Veena :) Stay safe... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at Pacific Jules
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Plenty of weed around this morning: Thank goodness though the conditions have calmed down, after the cyclonic waves of the last few days: The signs of the stormy conditions are still around. A fellow swimmer explained to me that this debris had come down from Queenscliff Lagoon. What the photos... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2020 at Pacific Jules
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A grey sky and a flat ocean greeted me this morning. Not your usual summer's day, but Manly beach is always beautiful, regardless of conditions! But where were all the swimmers?? Paul, Henrietta and Dorset were on hand to remind that today we would be doing a reverse swim from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2020 at Pacific Jules
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Calm conditions and a strong southerly greeted the B&B swimmers this morning. Fellow Sunday blogger Michael formed my welcoming committee, having been at the beach since 5am to find out key events, anniversaries etc: Jim was keen to have his photo taken next to beautiful Manly beach, so I took... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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Great blog, Ed - you captured so much news! Jo and Clare - you two really are "special" :).
Toggle Commented Dec 8, 2019 on Much Ado About Nothing? at Pacific Jules
Wonderful blog, Michael! And delivered so promptly. I really can't find fault in anything - believe me, I'm trying :). What an adventurous bunch we are. Swimming in ash today will linger in the memory (especially as we'll probably be doing the same again tomorrow!).
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I should know by now that the mornings when I don't feel like swimming are the mornings when I definitely should swim. I wasn't too happy to hear my alarm go off today but, being a dutiful blogger, I cancelled the snooze button and leapt out of bed. And I'm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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"Relief" is the word that sprang to mind this morning. The cooler, damp weather hopefully brought some relief to those fighting fires or looking after their property and families. I heard last night's fund raiser at the surf club was packed so that money will provide welcome relief. And on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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This morning got off to a slow start. After a crazy week at work, and an eventful Saturday night at the Skiffy watching the rugby (go England!!), I wasn't too happy to hear my alarm go off. My mood changed though when I got down to the beach, which looked... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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It's good to be back! I haven't been around much in the last few weeks, what with holidays in Greece with some fellow B&Bers, jet lag, work and dental treatment. It felt good to get back down to the beach, especially to see flat conditions and a decent temperature: Ian... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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Gorgeous sunrise this morning! And I was thankful to see a flat ocean, after a couple of challenging days last week that diverted me to a halfway exit. Lesbubs and JK pointed towards whales (I couldn't see them), then two drones. Found one of the drones - it's somewhere in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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A gorgeous sky and perfect conditions greeted me this morning. As did these three lovely swimmers: Alanna, Anne and Edwina had arrived early for some pre-swim chats. Dave had also arrived early with Baxter, who was upping the cuteness factor of the morning. Ed got special cuddles: Belinda, Emma and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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Big day down at the B&B this morning. End of Financial Year (EOFY) excitement gripped the waiting swimmers. They knew Management would be putting on their own show: End of Swimming Year (EOSY) specials. We weren't disappointed. After almost two months of calm, clear water, a gnarly ocean awaited us:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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OK, let's face it. It's here. There's no point in avoiding the issue. It's best to talk about these things. WINTER HAS ARRIVED!! I'm not a winter person. I'd move to Darwin if it weren't for the crocs and the box jellyfish (and the shorts and long socks thing). So... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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It's been a week of erratic conditions at the B&B. The perfect, flat ocean of Monday and Tuesday gave way to a strong swell from Wednesday onwards, causing us all to think hard to find the swimming route best suited to our ability and mood. Thankfully the tranquility returned in... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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Autumn has arrived. The humidity has given way to a strong westerly. My phone showed 13.6 degrees as I left the house, so I made an emergency wardrobe stop to grab my beanie. At B&B Central I was greeted by a clear sky and by Anne E, who pointed to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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After months of waiting, the warm sea temperatures have finally arrived. These 6.30 swimmers couldn't wait to dive in: The board provided the all-important statistic: Yes, after climbing all week, the temperature has finally breached 25 degrees!! Combined with the lumpy and somewhat murky conditions, it really did feel like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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As I walked down Ashburner Street to the beach this morning, I could see the sea mist in the distance and could feel that sea-misty heaviness in the air. When I arrived at B&B Central, not only was the mist everywhere, but there were also alien objects on the beach.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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I love summer. I really do. Some people hanker after log fires, cosy sweaters and crisp air. Not me. Give me long days, warmth and that heavy Sydney humidity. With the southerly blowing, today wasn't a classic Sydney summer's day, but the weather delivered what matters most to us B&Bers:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2019 at Pacific Jules
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Those of you who know me will know that my usual arrival time at B&B Central is 7.01. Well, not this morning. It's just as well I arrived early, as there was a lot going on. Janelle had turned up for only her second (or third?) swim. Last time she... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2018 at Pacific Jules
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