Posted by: wildswimmers | April 28, 2012

First picnic in “Olivia”

Today being the swift swimmer’s official birthday (83 – wow!) we took her for the inaugural picnic in our new little ship “Olivia”. Olivia is a Drascombe Dabber and she joins Lottie’s “Turtagro”, another Dabber, in the bay, where they ride the waves side by side.
Anchors, picnic baskets, sea-pups in lifejackets and of course swimming gear were loaded aboard and we rowed over to a sheltered bay in full sunshine.  Duties were allocated; firelighting, setting out the picnic and mooring Olivia.  All complete we settled down to consume the birthday picnic which consisted of crisps, cider, egg mayonnaise, buttered tiger bread, and salad, followed by home made hazelnut muffins and tea.  There was quite a bit of trouble with a small greedy sea-pup bullying her elders and stern words were necessary.  As various crew members settled down for a nap in the sun, I trotted down to the sea and enjoyed a glorious swim.  Floating around in the green sparkling water with the mountains of Jura in the background and a seal watching me with interest was a joyous feeling and I stayed in for ages, wallowing in the warm shallows.  Looking forward to lots more picnics just like this over the next few months.



  1. Happy Birthday Swift Swimmer!


  2. Lovely stuff – so Swallows and Amazons!!!


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