Fantastic weather this weekend (for UK!) so Dave and I took a nostalgic trip to the riverside (Cherwell) on Sunday with my old schoolmates Colin and Roger, their wives and kids.
We couldn’t go to the old place I described in a very early post because it is now overlooked by a housing estate (arrgh!). But we went by car, further north up the river, and took a dip (seriously cold!) as Colin and I always used to do in summer when we were first met in school. Later, when Dave first met Colin (and wife-to-be Natasha) and Roger (and wife-to-be Ellie) in 2001, we actually wrestled them (all!). Naked as it happens. As you do. I wrote it all up in The Power of Love (page 216 onwards, if you’re curious, and I hope you are!): now Colin and Roger are in respectable jobs, they were a bit uneasy at first about being featured that way, but I agreed to change a few names in the books (and here too, I have to keep remembering to do it) to protect the ‘innocent’. Heigh ho.
Dave and I missed having Leo and Jaymee with us, because they love skinny dipping, but they’re safely in school in Tennessee and in the care of their mums right now.
This, by the way, is ‘Parson’s Pleasure’, a stretch of the Thames river in Oxford (rather than the Cherwell) where Oxford University dons used to bathe naked. You see, it’s not just gay boys and their mates that get up to stuff. I think it’s kind of banned now – not sure – and not the sort of question you ask your mum, even at our age (‘will we see naked lecturers if we go down to the river…?’). Anyway, our place was a lot less public! By the way, here’s a nice place in Tennessee where we swim sometimes, too; a short drive west from Oak Ridge, it’s called Melton Lake. Overlooked by a road and a hotel and in the bible belt, so you don’t need to ask if we swim naked there, do you:
I have the feeling that this is turning into a ‘swimming’ post – OK, well why not? Maybe jump off a bridge? At night? Well, I applaud risk taking, within reason. We’ve done some pretty crazy stuff in our time:
The most important thing in life is to have FUN – like these Russian boys practising their acro pitching, in the sea. Just hope he doesn’t land on that girl swimming by:
So, a great weekend in Oxford with my parents and our friends: then down to Wales Sunday evening to take a break in our ‘investment’ at Cefn Derwen. I do hope to finish the final part of the ‘Living the Dream’ epic whilst we’re in UK. Might achieve that, might not.
News from there anyway, where the weather is said to be just as good, shortly.