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.