January 21st 2018 Lough Hyne swim @ 11.30 am
Low Tide 01.33 (1.00m)
High Tide 07.39 (3.40m)
Low Tide 13.37 (1.10m)
High Tide 19.50 (3.40m)
Putting my gear on in the lashing rain on a grey windy January, did make me question what the hell I was doing. Denise who always manages to make me laugh says, “just think how lucky we are to be living by the sea”. Of course she is so right and those horrible negative thoughts that I have just magically drift away the minute I hit the water.
I have two pairs of socks on today and even Anne-Marie needs help to get her gloves on. I am told the water is 8.4 degrees up from 7.4 degrees from last Sunday but I am not taking any chances..
I am sticking with Tracey. She has only started swimming with us in November, she is a very strong swimmer but just not used to the chop so we hug the edge.
As a snorkeler I get a good few blasts of water into my mouth and I have to stop to spit. Tracey gets the hang of breathing on one side although she gets a few mouth full of water too but this does not stop her.
The rain comes on and the waves keep on slapping us and it is just fantastic.
At the gap the others are all ready gone around the island. Tracey and I have a look at the colours, textures and the magical light at the rocks. I am hoping to see the seals but they are no where to be seen. One day.
We head on back going back along the edge.
Tracey has to stop and wait for me….
I am a bit of a night mare to swim with as I keep stopping to take photos. I get a fright as a stick hits me in the face. Looks like a zombie hand. Yikes.
Just clicking away I get these half in half out shots.
This shot sums up the day.
I follow Tracey all the way home.
I see yellow starfish below and take four different shots and this is the result!!
Turning the Plastic Tide Tips.
Tracey has discovered the wonderful shop Lush. Environmental issues are at the core of this cosmetic company and they make a variety of products from face packs, moisturisers to bath bombs. Today I am focusing on shampoo and conditioner. I thought initially I would have to make my own and filter into old plastic bottles, which would be messy time consuming and a disaster for my hair.
However I have Tracey to thank for finding shampoo and conditioner bars. Tracey bought the silver tins which were 3.50 euro each and can be reused. The Seanik Shampoo was 8.95 euro and the Conditioner 8.95 euro. Maybe a little bit more costly than buying the plastic bottled versions, however I think it is well worth it. Certainly saving our Oceans are worth it. Tracey has used them and as well as smelling beautiful they worked. There are a variety of different bars for different hair types so I keep you posted if they work on dry curly hair.I will add more products on my Turning the Plastic Tide page on my website as I go on my plastic free journey, with a little help from my friends.