We will be gathering to welcome the New Year and to celebrate our special Pond on 1st January at 12 noon. All women are welcome and encouraged to have a dip. Please bring the usual good things to eat and drink.
We arrived shortly after seven in the early morning mist to find green, purple and white balloons bobbing on the pond and decorating the deck. The urn was steaming and breakfast contributions were laid out, ranging from fabulous raspberry chocolate cake and coconut sweets to bacon sandwiches. We had a short get together before plunging in, celebrating women through the ages, wishing for peace, and appreciating the strength and joy we gain from our lovely pond environment. There were poems and songs and then the clear cold rush of the water. We danced afterwards to music from Jane's wind up gramaphone.
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The New Year’s Day swim was blessed by wonderful weather and went off with fun as usual. So the picture of snow we put up before is but a distant memory. Here are some pictures, and click here to view more.
Jane Shallice writes:
It is of course sod’s law. A week of glorious mornings with blue skies and warm sun on the pond, and then Saturday March 30th arrives when we have invited the swimmers from the Men’s pond and it is grey and distinctly chilly. But arriving with the freshly baked croissants, fruit juices, home made jams and coffee being made in percolator and cafetieres, and the sign indicating the men’s changing area in the table tennis area hanging on a bush, and suddenly it all seemed it would be fine.
They started to arrive about 7.30am and then kept coming. Possibly about 70 or more swimmers from the Men’s pond came, some bearing flowers for the lifeguards or chocolates for us all. They were soon diving in or descending the steps, swimming, some singly and some in droves or gangs, getting out for the coffee and some then returning back into the pond. All were impressed with the beauty of our pond, with its views down to the bird sanctuary pond and beyond, and our meadows. All were warm about our hospitality.
There were indeed some hopeful requests for this event to be weekly, but we did point out that the Ladies pond is not a mixed pond. This breakfast was the thanks of the winter swimmers of the KLPA for the ease and graciousness of the men on our arriving at their pond, if we have to go across, whatever the reason.
It was not only an enjoyable hour or so but was also a very useful meeting of these two groups of cold water swimmers, as we were able to encourage them to establish a similar association to the KLPA, so that they too will be able to defend their pond and its ambience. If and when the need arises.
There were patches of ice still floating on the water and the grey skies and drizzle were not encouraging but the New Year’s Day swim was as cheerful as ever. At least 60 women swam and many more enjoyed the event without going in. Thanks to the lifeguards for mulling the wine and heating the mince pies as well as watching over us and thanks to the City for the use of an out door heater.
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