Monday, 22 December 2014
Solstice swimming and hangover cures
We have an emerging tradition which involves a carol singing party on the Saturday before Christmas - known as "Carols and Carousing" followed by a swim at Sugary Cove in Dartmouth the following day. Also part of the tradition is Queenie and Kate missing the party, but managing to get to the swim. Last year they got the wrong day, this year, Kate felt lousy; we're already speculating what next year's excuse will be. Still, they made it to Sugary Cove, where it was generally agreed that this was the perfect way to cure the hangovers and celebrate the shortest day of the year - or rather, the start of days getting longer. In fact it turned out to be a day of double dipping, as Rachel and I also went in the Dart earlier, where it was a chilly 8 degrees. The swim was enlivened by a naturist who joined in, and did some bracing stretches on the bank into the bargain. At Sugary Cove the sea was three and a half degrees warmer, and we had a glorious swim through the channel to Castle Cove, before scoffing Queenie's delicious home-made mince pies, still warm, on the beach afterwards.