There were smiles all round today. Energy was in abundance and camaraderie was everywhere. Despite the catastrophic cyclone that hit our northern neighbours, our bay was bathed in a glorious silver grey light that highlighted the perfectly calm and gentle sea. This morning I saw many swimmers pause and take a quiet moment to simply appreciate the beautiful conditions, some with open joy and laughter and others with a calm acceptance that today was going to be a great day. There is always a powerful sense of positivity surrounding the swim. It is contagious and invigorating. Many swimmers have felt the positive healing benefits of the ocean as they recover from ill health, surgery or emotional trauma. Its impact is undeniable, its influence is far reaching.
"In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision." Dalai Lama
"The day is what you make it! So why not make it a great one?" Steve Schulte
Mandy and Sophie
Martin, Henrietta and Dorsett
Inga and Sean
Debbie, John, Martin and Janet
Newbies Alastair from Lane Cove and Eric from Perth. Eric is here for work but has been following B and B for some time. I hope you both had a great swim.
"Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours" Tom Hopkins
Georgina (Swimmer of the Day!) and Emma
Wendy and Megan
Some wonderfully exuberant expressions of positivity from these ladies.
Jane with Illy and another pal
Happy Birthday Stirling
There were very happy groups at Shelly today
David and Holly
Alison, Jane and Illy
Marco and John
A very happy Rosemary who is swimming with a broken bone in her foot, but loving the positive healing power of being in the ocean
Tomorrow is a big day for Cheryl and several other swimmers. They are heading to Queensland tomorrow to compete in the National Surf Life Saving Carnival. Cheryl and her partner Kelly came first in the state in the First Aid category. Good luck Cheryl and all our other competitors.
I have tried to keep positive all day as I have struggled with some very frustrating technology problems . This blog is a little late and I am disappointed that I took some lovely photos that I couldn't download but I managed to remain calm and patient and tried to turn a negative into a positive........because I have been labouring away at my computer I haven't had to think about all the other hum drum chores that need to be done....So, not all bad.
Have a great day
Water Temperature:23 degrees
Pauline's rescheduled cake stall is on this coming Saturday April 1st from
6.30 am till 8am. All proceeds to the Banrakya kindy in The Gambia, with
basic supplies for their kindy education. . Help appreciated by baking,
buying, donating. All of the money raised goes directly into the kindy bank
account. A big thank you to those who have already donated or offered help.
We are so fortunate in having the gift of education. See photos below of our
visit made to the school by Ian and myself last October.
B & B Monthly Dinner– Are you swimming with Elasmobranchs?
The next B&B monthly dinner will be on Tuesday 11th April at 6.30 pm at Bluewater Restaurant. Our guest speaker on the night will be Sian Liddy, a Marine Science student at the University of New South Wales, who will pose the question: are you swimming with Elasmobranchs?
Sian is looking for citizen scientists to engage with a research program she is running as part of an Internship with the Manly Environment Centre. The research aims to use non-invasive methods to assess elasmobranch biodiversity in the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve. So come along to find out how you can be a part of this exciting new project.
The cost of the dinner is only $25 a head and includes shared entrees, a selection of mains to choose (incl a vegetarian option), corkage (for byo wine only). Glasses of beer or wine and desserts are also available at the special price of only $5 each. Numbers are limited, so bookings are essential: To avoid disappointment and secure your spot please BOOK HERE NOW.