February 4th 2018 Lough Hyne swim @ 11.30 am
Low Tide 01.41 (0.46m)
High Tide 07.49 (3.57m)
Low Tide 14.11 (0.57m)
High Tide 20.08 (3.46m)
Waning Gibbous Moon
Oh la la what a morning and I could not get to Lough Hyne fast enough.
The water was sparkling above and below the water.
The rays of light in the water below take my breath away. I am smiling while swimming.
Although the sun is shining the water is sharp. I have two pairs of socks on and four hats of various materials. Paul tells me it has been just hovering over 9 degrees this past week. He swims in his togs all year round and only wears a hat in the winter.
The light takes my mind of the cold I am just loving it and determined to get around the island.
At the gap the water has been disturbed by the swimmers. I am one of the last to get there so miss any chat.
We are off around the island whoop, whoop.
My first time around this year and I enjoy every minute of it.
Some are heading to the bouys and then the boat at Mrs Kelly’s Pier.
Tracey, Danny and myself head directly back to the car park.
I am in no rush but do think about my stroke and try and lift my arms up higher and rotate my body.
I really do not want the swim to end I would love to go around the island again, but even with gloves on my hands are cold. The mobile sauna soon warms us all up. And a spot of rubbish collecting by the Lapper’s to keep this beautiful place litter free.
Turning the Plastic Tide Tips
Brian Stokes is a fellow tutor at the West Cork Campus of the Cork College of Commerce. I love having my break with Brian as he is full of tips for not using plastic. Himself and his wife and young son are pretty dedicated to the cause. This will not be his only tip I am sure. A bamboo toothbrush very simple and plastic free. Brian got his in a chemist in Cork City. Here are a few on line places www.littlegreenshop.ie , www.hollandandbarrett.ie , www.nourish.ie and www.virtubrush.com. I will add more info on my Turning the Plastic Tide page on my website as I discover more places and tips and at the end of every blog.