Dipping my Toes In

Dipping my Toes In

Apr 20, 2020

Lucie Sivicka – Swimmers

Oh I Do Like to Be Beside The Seaside

Until more recently, my daily walk with the dog used to follow the footpath along the sea shore where , also daily, I would wave hello to the brave souls who were getting their daily exercise swimming in the sea. Swimming in sub- zero temperatures.

Open Water Swimming

Having spent along time living in the Mediterranean, I don’t do the sea in the UK. I may dip my toes in occasionally but to put ALL of me in is simply not going to happen. My girls have tried on many occasions. THey have even put me atop a surf board and pushed me to the sand bank where it was “warmer” – they were joking, pranking me. So, I really have great admiration for the men and women up and down the country who daily brave the rivers, lakes and sea in the UK!

I am very aware of the health benefits of immersion in cold water and of regular swimming but putting the two together for me simply do not match.  A little like chalk and cheese, black and white, Gail and cold water. No.

Beautiful Pottery That Celebrate The Swimmers!

Celebrating these brave open water swimmers, we have unwrapped some beautiful pottery made by Lucie Sivicka, who originally from Czech republic,  and is now a  permanent resident in Cornwall. She enjoys making colourful pottery inspired by the sea and nature around her as well as these lovely pieces inspired by the open water swimmers!


Swimming On Prescription

Talking about swimming, I do love swimming if the sea is warm and beautifully clear.  During my Greek years in fact, swimming was on prescription as well as leisure. On visiting a GP in Greece, before any medication is prescribed, the doctor first used to prescribe “swims”. Depending on what ailment you had, you were prescribed a certain number of “swims” either in the magical waters of natural mineral pools or in the sea, again depending on the severity of your ailment. If you were still feeling unwell after your prescriptive swims, only then would the doctor consider the pharmaceutical route!

My mother in law often had ailments at the same time as me.  We would go off together to the seaside or Vouliagmeni Lake, which is well-know for its therapeutic waters, and after completing our swim for the day, we would sit and drink a cold coffee and chat about life. The perfect remedy for many ailments – rest, relaxation and a good cold coffee!


Trade Winds Gallery are delighted to be part of the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) 250 Club. SAS is a marine conservation charity working with communities to protect oceans, waves, beaches and marine life. We are really proud to support the work that they carry out, such as beach clean ups, education and campaigning, and look forward to continuing to be part of the positive change!

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