I don’t pay much attention to official dates that mark either the beginning or the end. For me the beginning of summer is the first swim and the end of summer is the last swim.
I’d like to announce – according to my method of reckoning – summer was officially over one week ago today.
Last Sunday – Oct. 15 – I had my last swim. Was it cold? Yes, but it wasn’t too bad, considering it’s mid-Oct. Prince Edward Island is surrounded by a shallow shelf of rock, and so our water is the “warmest water north of Virginia” – according to Wikipedia. And, as my mother used to say, once you are numb, you don’t mind so much.
That article has not been contested …yet!
This swim is a tradition. It all began when my Mom and her best friend, both avid swimmers, braved the waters one unusually warm, Thanksgiving day – oh my! the bragging and the crowing over that swim!
Not to be outdone by my mother, I began the post Thanksgiving swim. Rinda, and her daughter Sarah, have joined me although Rinda usually wears a shorty wetsuit. I don’t think it’s cheating – she’s the long, thin type and doesn’t have the “natural” protection that I have 🙂
Ooooh! There is something energizing about the frigid cool water – it makes your body tingle all over! Even though my Mom has been in heaven for 15 years, I still grin up at her and feel a deep satisfaction when I beat the record! 🙂
With the last swim in, summer is really over – now it’s the time for cozy evenings by the fire just like this lovely little scene. I made Rinda take a picture so I could share it with you – and she obliged even though she was really hungry. Savoury roasted vegetable soup, toasted baguettes, ripe cantelope slices and hot tea – just perfect after such a “refreshing” dip!