Wednesday, 30 October 2013
The spontaneous swims are usually the best. This morning a friend posted a picture of the sea in Torquay looking blue, sparkling and flat, and I thought, right, I'm going over. (Fortunately I didn't have anything so tedious as work to be getting on with). Due to the miracles of social media a plan was made with friends within the hour. The conditions were perfect to swim at the sea caves at Livermead - christened the "Hindu Temples" by author Charles Kingsley, who was bowled over by their exotic shapes. As we slipped into the petrol-blue water, bathed in autumnal sunlight, it was hard to believe the worst storm in 20 years had just passed through. Inside the first set of caves the water rumbled like a hungry monster but the shafts of sunlight lightened the atmosphere. In the second set, Gary and Claire found a whirlpool which they sat in, under the 'windows' above - just like being in the Flintstones' house. A totally magical experience, made all the extraordinary by the fact that the caves are just yards from the main road between Torquay and Paignton; you might as well be in Wonderland.
Monday, 21 October 2013
Thanks to Jackie Wills for the first picture.
Monday, 14 October 2013
Sunday, 13 October 2013
Last time I swam at Watcombe, in Torquay, the sea was flat and crystal clear. We pootled along the coast under the terracotta cliffs and explored caves and a swim-through where the light created remarkable psychedelic effects. Ever since, I've been wanting to go back, but today's experience could not have been more different. Brown, lumpy seas greeted us, and waves tried to topple us as we made our way in. We swam out of the cove and along the coast, past White Beach and towards the caves, which spewed out white spray busily. No way could we go in. But the bounce and sheer freedom of being out in the elements more than made up for that. It was quite a battle against the constant swell and we all got rather pooped. On our return to the beach we enjoyed various bakery products (as Ellie called them): jam and custard donuts (thank you Jackie) and pecan muffins (thank you Karen) as well as rum and jelly babies provided by yours truly.