Last month we were thrilled to welcome to Argyll some plucky cold water swimmers from over the border. Lynne, Stef and Queenie came up to swim the Gulf of Corryvreckan (and did so very successfully) then swam in various locations round about, finally bumping into our small group in Tayvallich. We did a wonderfully atmospheric swim in a secret fresh water loch, where Lynne’s dog Honey was the star of the show, powering through the water very bravely. This loch is reached by skirting a small lochan then climbing uphill through mixed oak forest, and tumbling down through blaeberry bushes to the water’s edge, and striking out through water lilies into the dark water, all the while keeping a look-out for wild beavers. In the evening Lottie and Duggie welcomed all to their cosy house to look at the view over to Jura, chat and eat delicious shared food, warmed by the roaring wood burning stove. Lots of “swim talk” took place and many other topics were eagerly discussed. On Sunday morning the girls found themselves in an enchanted wood, where they entered the Polar Bear’s “Wagonworld” – a mystical experience in a forest setting, encompassing canal swimming, gorgeously warm cast iron hot tub, artistic flourishes and displays and, of course, cake! – accompanied by tea made in a samovar (a decorative early version of the Kelly Kettle, purchased in a charity shop and much envied and coveted by all of us). A great visit and a great pleasure to meet Lynne, Stef, Queenie and Honey.