Sunday, 25 August 2013

A party for Roger

The King Edward's Bay Swimmers gathered for a celebratory lunchtime party in Tynemouth today.  The occasion was a delayed celebration for Roger's birthday.  Elaine's garden was the venue.  The menu included cucumber sandwiches, cheese and olives, all washed down with sparkling wine.

YC hastens to reassure readers that the KEBS had been out in force for their morning dips this weekend.  Furthermore, hardy souls such as Roger walk each day from Earsdon for the pleasure of a morning swim.  They'll be there tomorrow morning if any reader fancies joining them.  Sunshine guaranteed (possibly).
The KEBS wish Roger happy birthday
Elaine and Roger

Here's to Roger
Annette receives a helping hand with her glass

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

swimming in the slow lane, or travelling in the fast lane?

Celebratory birthday swims at Kings Edwards Bay are clearly catching on.  YC saw in his birthday with a morning dip - and very pleasant it was too.  For readers wondering just how many years young he was - click on the photo below.

Today he achieved a swimming first: in company with Chris Smith he swam from King Edwards Bays to the Long Sands.  Conditions were perfect - a flat calm and a high tide.  The visibility was great - with all the rocks and seaweed on view.  Unlike the morning dip, YC and Chris were attired in full wetsuits.  Chris wore a snorkel and flippers, while YC opted for goggles and front crawl.  Apart from a few gentle waves around Sharpness Point, the sea was calm and the swimming enjoyable.  It beats a pool any day and, what's more, it's free.
birthday swim at KEB
how old?

For those who prefer a slightly swifter mode of transport to swimming, you could:
  • check out Concord at Manchester Airport
  • go on a steam train on the Settle to Carlisle Railway

Tim & Gill Walker have been doing both - see below.  Lest readers think that they live their life exclusively in the fast lane, YC hastens to point out that Tim & Gill also climbed Cartmell Fell in the Lake District.  There was a welcome seat on the top, where Tim was delighted to rest his weary limbs.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Happy Birthday Emma!

Emma Duff celebrated her birthday in fine style this weekend.  On Saturday there was a dinner at the Birtley Avenue HQ attended by Duffs, Lois & Jayne.  The wine and songs flowed in equal measure.  The upstairs neighbour is prone to sing along to pop ballads all day long.  So he would no doubt have been thrilled by numbers such as "My Brother Sylvest" and "Minnie the Moocher" sung mf - mit feeling!

Today there was a gathering on the beach with the King Edward's Bay swimmers.  After the obligatory dip, the swimmers enjoyed a breakfast of coffee, smoked salmon sandwiches, and cake - amongst other culinary delights.  It's rude to reveal a lady's age, but a clue is given in one of the photos below.  The weather stayed fair, and the sun even came out for 30 minutes.  What better way is there to celebrate a birthday?

click here for a few more photos 

swimmers in the bay
in the sea

the assembled throng
guess the age

Friday, 2 August 2013

Britain's Hardy Sons

Who says The North Sea is on the chilly side?  Mr & Mrs Rev T have been braving it all year round.   So has Emma, and Matthew joined them the other day.  Here's the proof from King Edward's Bay.  As Rev T often quotes from Para Handy - "I'm one of Britain's hardy sons!"  Photos from Emma.