Tag Archives: water

Water in the Wind…

18 Sep
Water in the Wind

Water in the Wind

Sometimes, the calm of our river is exceptional. It’s mirror-like. Reflections take on an indescribable quality.

But, add wind to the scene, and what a change!

Here’s a photo of an area just outside the netted, swimming baths. The wind is blowing…

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Another Australian Scene

12 Jun
Australian Scene

Australian Scene

One of the attractions of living near a natural bushland park lies in the easy accessibility of beautiful scenery. The bark of this big tree is quite delightful to the eye, and who can resist the water views?

An ideal place for recreation…

Sparkling Water…

23 May
Sparkling water

Sparkling water

Water fascinates me.

Probably my favourite sight is the view of the local river baths.

Usually it has a calming atmosphere. Restful reflections– of birds, buildings, trees and so on– help to create a sense of peace.

But on this particular day, a special magic took hold. The water sparkled like a priceless jewel.

Enjoy!

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On the Highest Tide of the Year….

9 Jan

Earlier this month, Sydney waters experienced the highest tide of the year.

Officially 2.04 metres, it may well have been even higher, for at the baths (where I’ve swum for over thirty years) on the Georges River , I’ve never seen it so high..

Though not a regular swimmer, my husband Ron decided that this was an opportunity too good to miss. With the water temperature being around 25 degrees, who could blame him?

Our Maltese cross, Chicki, couldn’t bear to be left out, and soon discovered that she was almost chest-deep in salt water though her feet were firmly on the promenade.

For her, the adventure was followed by a warm wash, then  sun-baking on a chair.

What a memorable day!

Where's the Beach?

Where’s the Beach?

Ron and Chicki enjoying the water

Ron and Chicki enjoying the water

I'm wet!

I’m wet!

Drying off in style

Drying off in style

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At Low Tide: Down by the River

21 Aug

They say time and tide waits for no man.

Having lived near a river for most of my life, I’ve had ample opportunity to observe the the ebb and flow of the water. What a difference it makes!

At extreme low tide, swimming in the baths is impossible. Christmas tides peak at extraordinary levels, but the corresponding low level is just as spectacular in its own way.

Here’s a photo taken at low tide at an area just beside the baths.

Low tide

Low tide

 

Enjoy!

The Baths are Back: But…

5 May

I’ve lost count of how many weeks our local baths was out of action. Ten, maybe more.  So long that swimming there becomes a joy of the past.

So today, when I first see the ‘Baths Closed Due To Health Hazard’  signage finally removed, I look at it with mixed emotions. Sure, I’m tempted to give it a go, but at the same time, the alarm bells still ring in my head. What is so disgusting for such a long time may well have left its taint somewhere; some undiscovered, perhaps well-hidden source.

In other words, I don’t fancy it;  not yet, anyway.

But come next Spring, when the cycle begins again, and deep water and sunshine beckon anew, I’ll bet the call of the tide will once again be strong in my mind, and I’ll venture in again!

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What’s Happened to Our Baths?

19 Apr

Just this morning, I took a stroll to my local swimming baths: the place I’ve chalked up about six thousand kilometres of freestyle in the past thirty years.

I can’t claim surprise at what I found; after all, yesterday’s rain pelted down hard on our rooftop, and we’re less than two kilometres away.

It was, in a word, disgusting. Sad to say, I’ve seen it even worse, but….

Instead of that strangely indescribable colour of clean river water, I saw dense, brownish stuff, splattered with debris.

The ‘Baths Closed Due to Health Risk’ sign was still in force, and to my knowledge, this is for a record period. Our Club last raced here in late February: every subsequent meeting had to be cancelled. What a disaster for our morale!

When will it ever return to normal? Will we swimmers ever think of it in the same way as B. F.: Before Flood?

Yes, it all went awry following the torrential rains that saw dams overflow! To think, it’s just a few years back that water restrictions were in force, and a desalination plant was constructed!

Clearly, things haven’t changed too much  from the days of poet Dorothea Mackellar, who wrote of ‘droughts and flooding rains’ in our country, Australia.

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