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Today was my first swim back after being away so I was keen to get in. A few people were talking about all the rain we've had in the last 24 hours and that it may be polluted so I almost just dipped. But then the returning 6.30ers said it... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pacific Jules
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And that means crowds are gone, although this morning could've been the temperamental sky deciding whether it was going to rain or not that put people off, or the hot, humid night. But not Emma, who was alone on the wall, except I was there too. Below is Henrietta handing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2024 at Pacific Jules
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Nice, rain free morning on land. The water wasn't quite as inviting. Checking in with the 6.30 swimmers and hearing that some of them took 15 mins just to get out was rather off putting so we decided just dipping was the order of the day. Added to the decision... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2024 at Pacific Jules
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Firstly I'd like to wish the jellies goodbye and good riddance. It was supposed to be my first swim back after being away but the wall of big orange jellies that were apparently in the bay, along with some big sets breaking beyond the point, was enough to put me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2024 at Pacific Jules
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We're definitely back to the time of year where it's great one day, messy the next and for me it was not the conditions I enjoy most. With waves breaking beyond the point I headed for Shelley. We heard, then saw, that half way, at the bower wasn't a great... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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Thankfully I still have my bag, for now. The lifeguards said a bag a day had been stolen recently, and even more on the weekend which is not good. Perhaps the new surf club will include a safe space for bags!? Anyway on a more positive note the water was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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Making the most of today's good weather with a sunny forecast of 27c as Thursday's forecast of a rainy 16c is not so appealing. A tribe of Budgie Smugglers heading in. Melissa (love her vibrant dresses) and Henrietta welcoming newbie, Meg, who has just arrived from the UK and is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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I have to admit the early morning shot was Lainey's, I was probably still in bed when she took that one. But as the pic shows, it was a pretty nice morning, bit of cloud so felt colder than it was, though water quite pleasant at 17.9c. Suzanne, Michael and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2023 at Pacific Jules
Reblogged Sep 18, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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And options are more important with the return of the jellies. To quote Hels, she saw one bigger than her! Glad I missed that one, but I didn't see any, we'll get to the "why not" shortly. Firstly, there were no complaints about what a glorious morning it is. Henrietta,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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We have been so spoiled by endless weeks of flat seas and with the start of spring I knew it would change. It looks like for me, today was the day. Although from the shore it looked like a few small waves but as we got to the point I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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Thanks again to Lainey for providing the "in water" and early morning shots (I'm not there in time for those, one good thing about the late sunrise in winter is that I get to see it, not now though). I haven't swum since freezing Saturday so although 15.7 is still... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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But I did get up and no regrets, as is always the case with a swim in the ocean. I have a bit of a head cold so thought the salt water would clear it, or make it worse. I saw that yesterday the beach got closed due to pollution... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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Happy birthday Lucy and thanks for the yummy cake. Lainey working again and haven't received her photos so that's why there are so few. Rushing to finish so bad lay out. I've been curious how ChatGPT would go with the blog, previous attempts have been useless but thought it would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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Lainey had to work today so I'm unexpectedly blogging. She gets all the photo credits, which includes one I'm in and I don't usually put myself in!! I'm just doing the text. Another lovely morning and warmer sea temperatures than last week. It was 16.9c though I can't say I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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How amazing have the conditions been this winter! I'm not sure if it's just because the last 2 winters weren't up to par or we've been exceptionally lucky. The tough part has only been the temperature, which at 15.7c today was painful to get in and stopped me going all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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Glowing skies for those who arrive early. I have to admit Lainey sent me the first couple as I'm not that timely. The mermaids and manmaids getting ready. Michael, Peter and Ian, in his warm oodie, welcoming but didn't see any newbies. My last shot of Ian on duty before... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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To follow on from my English as a second Language class last night, where we talked about comparatives, it seemed appropriate to do the same this morning. The water was a little cooler than yesterday at 17.7C but as flat and clear as the last few days. Spectacular both in... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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There's certainly a chill in the air and the winter gear is reappearing but it seems to be turning into a gorgeous day. Temperature is still OK but it's the cold air when you bring your arms out of the water that cools you down. Viz still isn't great, with... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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After quite a week last week with big surf and strong rips, it was lovely to come down this morning and actually swim from Manly. The temperature was up on yesterday at 21.3c but numbers of people were way down so it was pretty quiet in the bay. A gorgeous,... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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Morning darkness will soon end with the clocks changing on Sunday (except probably the Manly surf club clock which definitely has a mind of its own!) but so will those sunrises, which have been spectacular of late. Always hard to decide when's best, summer, winter, in between... Guy's chalk skills... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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It felt like an autumn morning, being a bit cooler and the rain held off but the rip was roaring, even more so than yesterday. It looked fairly calm but you needed to swim very wide to get back in, although we did watch some who got in after looking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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It all started well, looking like a lovely morning air and sea. The yogis doing their thing. A balmy 22.5 in the water and flat seas. Sally, Jo, Rob and Karen of the mer/manmaids prepping at their spot on the silver bench. Normally they are a much bigger bunch? Lindsay... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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A relaxed start to the day for those doing yoga. For those swimming, or deciding whether to swim, it was not so relaxed. Tim, Brian, Inge and Ian assessing the conditions. Andre, in the middle, lightened the mood by providing Haigh's chocolate hearts to celebrate Valentine's Day, with Chrissy, Nicci,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2023 at Pacific Jules
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I wonder whether the overnight rain also put people off as it was quiet outside Manly surf club this morning. Maybe it was also the 39 "Bench swimmers" who have mostly all left for a Kangaroo Island adventure (we're very jealous!), hence an empty bench. It was a lovely swim,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2023 at Pacific Jules