Yesterday we sloped off work for an hour to go to our local beach – Shingle Street. It was a gloriously hot day with little wind so the beach was busy – well by our standards. There were about 5 small groups of people on the beach so it wasn’t really crowded, but we usually find oursleves on the beach alone or with just one or two other people.
We didn’t have long to sit around as I had to head off to Bee Club – I think we may have chalk brood in one hive and in the other the bees are not capping the brood – more on that later.
Anyway, my mission was to swim – first swim of the year. I love swimming, but the north sea is rather cold and to be honest I am really nesh (my dad taught me this word and it totally sums me up – I am unusually susceptible to the cold) so getting in the water involves a lot of shrieking and waving of arms.
I wanted to teach Kai to swim. We took him in the water at Shingle Street at the end of last summer when he was still a puppy, but we haven’t been back in the water, apart from splashing about in Cornwall and crossing over to the shingle islands at low tide.
I lured them in with a frisbee. Daisy is reluctant to go in the sea, but will come in to get her precious frisbee. Kai seemed to pick up on Daisy’s wariness, but eventually came in and swam around. James didn’t swim as he does like to swim i the sea – he guarded our stuff and took pictures!