A Very Pembrokeshire Adventure

Here’s a little gem from JULIE SLIZ. You will find more info about her below. Meanwhile, for those who don’t know, the Bluetits are a bunch of women and men who are intrepid  enough to have discovered the joys of cold water swimming.

(Jo is a valiant paramedic and a staunch Bluetit. And Vanda is a home from home, a campervan, loved like no other.)

Now read on from Julie…

I had a mini adventure yesterday…

I took Vanda to Abereiddy to join a regular 5pm swim there. It was raining and misty all the way and I wondered if I’d made a mistake going. Then, driving down the hill, the cloud cleared to reveal a shiny, wet and glistening, beautiful beach. It wasn’t busy, Celtic Coasteering were there sorting out their kit and packing the van.

My friend Jo was deep in conversation with Clem, the Celtic Coasteering leader, a couple of gentlemen were dancing out of wetsuits, and two Lassie dogs were hurtling around.

“Well,” I smugly thought, “Julie, you made a good decision after all, this is going to be fun!”

I drove onto the beach and into an adventure.

Vanda was inert, stuck and going nowhere… Two front tyres buried up to their wheel nuts, pebbles hugging the rubber in a tight Welsh cwtch.

The sea wasn’t inert, stuck and helpless. White horses were galloping, foaming and racing in for a super high Pink Moon…

As I clambered down from the cab, Jo strolled over: “Clem’ll pull you out, you’re stuck.”

No fuss, no tut-tut-tutting, no “you idiot”, no judgments. Clem was standing in her van, feet in a bright pink trug, wearing a bright pink towelling robe, changing out of her wetsuit.

The lads dancing about in theirs were jocular. Only the dogs were a bit sniffy.

Out came a length of yellow corded rope, no longer a water-ski line but a lifeline, saviour, hero! How elevated this little rope felt, how strong. How worthy.

I stood back. I wasn’t expecting such a beautiful display of Good Samaritan. Clem, dressed and ready, prepared the rope.

A blue Discovery offered the tow. Another team to the rescue.

How wonderful, how delightful to be the initiator of such generosity.

A black and slippery wetsuit, more used to sliding through blue water than mud and stone, slid under blue Discovery and tied the hitch. All was set. Sounds of intent filled the air and Vanda meekly and with humility eased slowly out of peril – Jo at the wheel, her safe, blue, light hands skilful.

Discovery edging forward, rope straining every fibre. Firm ground found with sighs of success, thank yous and smiles.  Clem went back to packing the van, lads continued dancing out of wetsuits, dogs hurtled about.

Smoke shifted my attention to the beach. What now?

A bonfire on the beach, marshmallows toasting and the unmistakable chatter of Bluetits in the rain.

And relax…

Thank you, Julie. A delicious snapshot of Pembrokeshire life.

To read more about Julie, you will find an article here in Pembrokeshire.Online. To see the bags she makes and to  contact her go to Facebook page Crefftau Cain.

To join the Bluetits go to The Bluetits Chill Swimmers – Challenging Our Limits Together

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for pembrokeshire.online, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says "Pembrokeshire.online has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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