Winter swimming

We went to St Cyrus beach for a swim today. My sister-in-law is visiting and she has a penchant for icy showers and swims in freezing lakes in Switzerland. The photos make it look like a warm summer’s day but it’s actually winter here and the water temperature was 7°C.

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I’m preparing myself psychologically before venturing in.

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The swim was invigorating. It’s almost unbearable as you walk into the sea and can feel your feet going numb but once you’ve submerged yourself it feels terrific. It’s like a pulse of caffeine is pumped through every vein and artery and you suddenly feel warm and alive. This feeling lasts for quite a while afterwards but if you don’t get dressed quickly then you will feel cold again so it’s important to get dry and rugged up again.

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Before our wild swimming we visited Dunottar Castle.

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This is my sister, Caroline, with the kids.

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Yesterday we went ice skating in the Christmas Village in Aberdeen.

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