Posted by: wildswimmers | August 27, 2012

Bohemian evening at The Wagon

Our favourite local artist, poet, craftsman and wild swimmer, Fraser, invited us to swim in the canal tonight close to his studio and waterside dwelling, an antique showman’s caravan.   A cloudburst encouraged the reluctant swimmers into the canal,  from their cosy nook, sitting round the sweet little wood burning stove in the studio.  Lots of high jinks followed (diving, jumping and synchronised swimming) and we were all rather impressed by our brave visitor Caroline, from Devon, who leapt bravely into the depths from the bridge.  We swam back to the Wagon, past a sweet houseboat and emerged into the overgrown but delightfully bohemian garden where Fraser had set a fire under a cast iron bath and we luxuriated in the toasty hot water for ages.  The waxing moon appeared through the gaps in the cloud.  Bats flitted through the trees.  Herons and swallows swooped low over the dark water.  Back inside the Wagon, hot drinks, strawberries, chocolates, marshmallows, shortbread and punch were served.  Certain people seemed to prefer the punch but since I was travelling on my new little scooter I had to stick to hot tea.  Fraser was an exceptional host and his beautiful artwork adorning the walls of his studio was much admired until darkness fell and the swimmers drifted home in a daze.



  1. Fabulous, love the tub! x


    • Just worked out what the photos remind me of – Pre-Raphaelite ‘Ophelia’ with Lizzie Siddal in the tub getting hypothermia…


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