Week 32 Saturday 5 January to Friday 11 January 2012
This week’s guest columnist is Willy Dolphin Teresa Dowd, who – having moved to central Victoria last year – now enjoys fresh-water swimming in a reservoir near Chewton, a town near Castlemaine.
Three kilometres past the site of the 1851 Monster Meet, Chewton’s version of the Eureka Stockade, there’s a reservoir. It’s a regular spot for teenagers, and women take their kids there for a dip after school on a hot day.
There are some sights along the way. There is an alpaca farm where the animals have been shorn a bit like poodles; very close cropped around the body, leaving frilly ankles and fancy feet. Quite posh really. There’s a also a family of ducks who have taken up residence in some grass and they move back and forth across the road without a care in the world.
Most mornings I have the reservoir to myself. Recently, however, I shared it with a bloke who was trying to catch a redfin for his breakfast and three 60-pluses out for an early morning skinny dip. The guy with the delicious breakfast aspirations had pulled his hippy bus up alongside the water the previous night, made a camp and had claimed the prize spot on the fairly small muddy bank where the swimmers enter the water. As for the skinny dippers*, eyes averted was the best approach.
One morning this week there was a mystical vapour coming off the water as the air temperature was down to 2 or 3 degrees (reaching 30 by 2pm in the afternoon).
And the distance from one side to the other? 130 strokes. Cheers.
*Editor’s note: 365 Swims has pencilled in Saturday 1 June, 6am, for the inaugural meeting of The 365 Swims Skinny Dipping Sub-Committee. Lanyards optional.
Recommended reading: Freshwater Swimming Holes in Victoria
Meanwhile 365 Swims’ dips this past week were:
Saturday morning: Williamstown (very crowded)
Saturday afternoon: Jawbone Marine Sanctuary with my mate JD (too choppy, poor visibility)
Sunday morning: Williamstown
Sunday afternoon: Hampton (windy but good.)
Monday morning: Williamstown
Tuesday morning: Williamstown
Tuesday afternoon: Jawbone with my mate Walter (very good visibility, especially of the sun-lover on the eastern shore)
Wednesday morning: Williamstown
Wednesday afternoon: The Bunburys, a little rock pool between the Willi beach and the Willi footy club
Thursday morning: Williamstown
Friday morning: Williamstown
Friday afternoon: Bonbeach, Chelsea, Edithvale.
Next week: The Crystals and The Great Oyster Heist of 1885.
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