Posted by: wildswimmers | July 20, 2012

Green water in Starfish Bay

Glorious sunny day and Daisy, the Swift Swimmer and myself headed down to Starfish Bay – me and Daisy walking, the Swift Swimmer on her electric buggy (she is 83!!).  The forest is now very beautiful, the commercial forest having been cut down 10 years ago and birches, oaks, sycamores and rowans now having re-colonised the area.  Dappled shade, butterflies, tinkling burns, ancient ruined cottages and wildflowers lining the way.  Daisy went mad for the tiny wild strawberries, almost biting my hand off as I held them out to her!  We arrived and I settled the Swift Swimmer down on a warm rock with a Pimms before her swim.  Alas, she was rather obstinate at first, refusing to swim because “there are other people here” and “it’s too much hassle”.  A stern talking to was in order, after which she struggled into her bathing suit and ventured forth into the gorgeous green water.  This was her longest swim yet this summer, very warm and in one of her most favourite locations: a tiny bay surrounded by forest and with views south towards Castle Sween.  So well done the Swift Swimmer!  After our swims we lit a bonfire upon which we roasted sausages and tea was boiled up in the Kelly Kettle.  The trip home was nerve wracking, as the electric buggy (Colly Wobbler having neglected to charge it up) threatened to conk out and I had to push it up every hill, sweating and panting, until (thankfully) we managed to get back to the car park.  Quite an adventure and greatly enjoyed by everyone.

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  1. I enjoy reading your day trips and the photos are great, well done, Eileen. Iona you are brilliant Daisy is so cute, catch up soon and keep up with the blogs they are great. xx


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