February 11th 2018 Lough Hyne swim @ 11.30 am.
High Tide 01.43 (2.95m)
Low Tide 07.58 (1.37m)
High Tide 14.16 (2.97m)
Low Tide 20.29 (1.31m)
As I was getting all my gear together it started to snow outside. My family were concerned for me swimming, but all I could think of was getting a photograph of the Lapper’s swimming in the snow.
However it was only a very small flurry and Lough Hyne which seems to be in its very own micro climate was just stunning. Fellow swimmer Grainne who travels from inland was driving through snow to get here and was gob smacked to see the change in the weather over a few miles.
I tried to swim as directly and as fast as I could as it was cold and did not want swimmers having to wait for me. Luckily the faster swimmers hold off and let me get a head start but about half way to the gap I see them zooming past me.
Its all magical bubbles and light underneath.
At the gap it is very shallow as low tide.
We have to carefully take a few steps out of the water past the rock.
Then plunge back to head off around the island.
I have noticed at this time of year there is a lush green leafy sea weed, and I skim over the shells in the middle of the island.
More lush greenery and other delights at the rocks at the corner of the island.
Declan points out a very large orange sponge.
We are heading straight back and I follow Declans bubbles all the way.
Half way back Declan points out the sun bursting out from the clouds over the island. Always worth it to stop and look around and take in the beauty of what is around you.
An amazing swim and after warming up in the sauna and having a few dips. The snow came on. If I wasn’t so cold I would have gotten back in.
What a difference to an hour ago but does not stop the Lapper’s having tea, cake and a laugh.
Turning the Plastic Tide Tips.
My students were setting up an exhibition in Skibbereen so knowing I had to eat out I took my coffee cup and my lunch box with me. O’ Niell Coffee Shop is new and this was my first visit. I was very delighted to meet the owner Colm Crowley who uses compostable cups, lids and even the sugar sachets are compostable. He only uses glass milk bottles from Gloun Cross Dairy in Dunmanway. The milk can be bought from Fields and bottles can be returned there. It is fantastic to see local businesses who have a conscience and care about our environment they deserve to be promoted and supported. I will be with each blog sharing either a tip or a business who can bring about change and do something however small to protect our beautiful world. David Attenborough asks us all to think of the consequences of what we do and how we organise our lives. I believe we can change but we have to work at it and help and support each other as we try and do it.
More tips on my Turning the Plastic Tide Page on my website.