Week 49 – May there be summer

Week 49 – Saturday 4 May to Friday 10 May 2013

May. There be summer.

Or so it seemed on some unseasonally warm days this past week. Well, maybe not summer. But some mild mornings and a few afternoons of almost 25 degrees is nothing to be sneezed at. Especially when you’re trying to swim.

The past week, and one morning in particular, found my friend Walter praying for warmer water, though. He hadn’t had a dip for a few weeks and pronounced as we waded in last Monday: “Jesus! Mary and Joseph!”

I laughed so much I could hardly swim (which is nothing new). The next day Walter donned his wetsuit and stopped praying to Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

The 365 Swims Scoreboard now reads 343 swims down, with 22 to go. Three weeks and one day.

Crowd at beach

A real summer’s day. 39 Degrees. 5pm, 29 November 2o12. Several hundred reasons for swimming at 6am.


Next week: Andy and Dan and the  Byron Bay Triathlon.


Week 9 – the cracker

Week 9 Saturday 28 July to Friday 3 August

Photo by Rodger Young

Okay, so this wasn’t the scene down at Will beach during the past week’s swimming. It is Williamstown beach, though. February 1996.  I was there with our young family. And  hundreds of others.

The rather large object very slowly making its way along the Esplanade is called a catlytic converter. No, I don’t know what that means either. But it was on its way from a ship at Williamstown to the Altona oil refinery: a journey of about five kilometres that took five prime movers and a few days’ work, including removing power lines temporarily.

Rodger Young’s excellent photo shows that Willi beach can get fairly crowded on a warm day. But what about the white-hatted chap in the foreground on the right hand side? Did he miss all the action?

Shaun Tan’s wonderful 2008 book Tales From Outer Suburbia features an illustration based on the photo below. Shaun Tan calls the rather large object The Amnesia Machine.

Herald Sun, Monday 26 February 1996