Wild and Woolly


The unprecedented cold we have been experiencing here in TN almost – but not quite – put a stop to our ‘wild’ swimming sessions in the Clinch River. The -10C/14F we experienced at the weekend didn’t actually make the river freeze like this one in Russia, so we didn’t actually have to cut through the ice with a chainsaw to get our ‘refreshing’ dip!

However, having seen pictures of ice flows on European rivers on TV, I guess things could be a lot worse. Strangely, the UK (my home country, of course) seems to have escaped the icy blast, although we hear that snow is expected at our place in Wales later this week.

Any way, these thoughts prompt some SWIMMING PICTURES ! and thoughts of summer to come!

Rivers first: and some rather fit young men to illustrate them…




Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH









I guess we need to include the (outdoor) pool as well:





Of course, if you can’t wait for the summer…


We did one time do under-ice swims when we were somewhat younger – you can find more about that buried in these three volumes which detail our sporting and circus endeavours alongside a bit of gay stuff and some other misadventures:

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0cover1-thumb

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

Meanwhile, you can always make use of rain to show off your toughness…



…and, meanwhile, if you are really keen to show off your resilience and the cold weather continues, how’s about a wrestle in the hoar frost to warm up first?



About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Currently finishing off our 'story', after we got a publisher interested: that's the story of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow) - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones! Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. And now Volume 1 is out - and effectively outing US - the really scary bit will be if anyone actually buys one and reads it...
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