Swimming Further


Today was the day…

That was really enjoyable. Every day the sea has a different mood. Mike and I went down to the beach. Mike jogged. I swam while he was jogging. The wind was blowing and the waves were rolling in so it wasn’t a calm easy-to-swim kind of day. It was choppy, but I am less afraid now and am confident about diving under the waves when they break. I am getting braver and swimming further out. I swim for 30 minutes. Mike usually arrives at the 20 minute mark and we swim a bit together. The shark nets are still not going out because of the dolphins. I’ve still not seen them in action, although others have. A guy called Matthew took this one…it was from Saturday…

The water looked lovely and clear today…

The green shark flag was out..

Which means shark spotting conditions are good…

Yesterday, while I was swimming – I suddenly heard the roar of a plane. Stopping to squint into the sky, flying over at speed was what Mike said was a SA Air Force Mirage.  Later, when we were home, we started hearing it again. This time it was circling False Bay. At least 5 times it flew in a big circle over the bay.  It was fun to watch. I Googled to find out what it was about only to discover that yesterday 21 Feb 2021 was Armed Forces Day, so no doubt that had something to do with their activities.

Meanwhile, back at Echo today, Courage started painting.

It’s going to look fabulous when it’s done.

This week is the big countdown to Mike’s 70th birthday on Sunday and David’s 30th on Monday. Both are very happy for low key celebrations. No big parties. No big surprises. I have managed, by God’s grace and inspiration, to give Mike gifts every day this month. His main gift is hidden in Julian’s apartment. I have arranged the final few for this week. He has received a lot of T-shirts,  coffee mugs and snacks, but has  had those interspersed with some surprises such as an oximetre, slip slops and swimming goggles and this week he’s getting framed photos of the house at different stages of the build, including this delightful one which I had printed today…he and David at the back of the plot just as clearing the land had begun.

Now to organise cake.

And only 111 cases of Covid in the Western Cape over the past 24 hours. That’s really low.

Psalm 89:1

I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂





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