18 January 2016

The Cold Man and the Sea

It's freezing today here in London, or as they say here, it's proper cold. I'm not quite sure what improper cold is, but I'm not in a hurry to find out. It sounds tawdry.

I am not a fan of the cold. I prefer it to ridiculous heat, on the basis that if you are cold you can always put on more layers, but if you are too hot there is very little you can do except slowly melt in a pool of your own juices.

Someone who does not mind the cold is The Very Understanding Girlfriend, who has been braving the freezing elements for more than a decade now each Christmas Day, going for a swim at the 40 Foot. While on a number of occasions she has managed to encourage other friends of ours to join her, I accompany her purely for moral support. Unkie Dave likes water less than he likes the cold, put the two together and you have an amazing recipe for a steaming dish of No Thank You.

I want to share two contrasting scenes with you, the first showing the Forty Foot on December 25th 2012:

This is not typical for Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Forty Foot, Dun Laoghaire, 25th December, 2012
It is important to note that this is not a typical Christmas Day swim in the Irish Sea. This bucolic scene may indeed have lulled a number of our friends into participating in later years, sadly for them a more typical experience can be viewed below:

This is more typical for Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere. Possibly with more snow.
The Forty Foot, Dun Laoghaire, 25th December, 2015
This was the scene that greeted us this year and to their credit The Very Understanding Girlfriend and our good friend Ebauche did not shy away from the task at hand. Mrs Ebauche and myself, however, were content to stay onshore, keeping watch 'till our seafaring folk returned home safely.

Do not underestimate the importance of moral support in times like these.

Anyway, my point is here that it's pretty cold today. Not Forty Foot cold, but still, proper cold.

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