Wednesday, July 07, 2010


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Sandi Toksvig, writing in Good Housekeeping - to which I have a subscription - has delighted me by praising the Victorian bathing machine.  Yes, indeed, those were the days, when you could become half submerged in the water without having to "walk the plank" from the beach to the sea.  Not that anyone gives  a sixty-year-old woman a second glance in Italy, where all enjoy frolicking in the sea, but British self-consciousness does not die easily or lessen with age.

I know, too, that swimming is the best exercise for someone like me and swimming is something I can do.  But my real reason for not going to the beach a lot is the same as my reason for not going to the pool - I couldn't  cope with the aftermath on a regular basis.  I mean, even after a shower and change, there is the whole makeup to be redone, after-sun to be spread all over and then I need the hairdresser!


Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Just give it a try.. will make you feel good :-) xx

sally in norfolk said...

lol and that is why swimming suits me... no makeup no after sun and just a few fingers through the hair then away i go :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi9, Anne. Yes, I know it would! Hi, Sally. I do envy you!

RNSANE said...

I hate getting my hair wet and, then, there's redoing the makeup thing which is such a pain...that's the main reason I don't do it. Still, I should do water aerobics. My friend goes every week at 6:30 and I need to force myself to join her.

Anonymous said...

get a wig , a pair of large sunglasses and a cover up
You can swim and then look stylish until you can do the running repairs
Thats what I do
although I just let my hair be, I ma not really out to dazzle lolol

Saretta said...

I don't have the luxury of considering such problems. Living on the Adriatic coast with two young sons means going to the beach every single day all summer!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Carmen. I thought about water aerobics, too but I know I'd never keep it up. Hi, VM. A wig's a good idea! Hi, Saretta. I'm sure you all have a great time.

James Higham said...

Yes, I noticed your penchant for the beach. :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Quite so, James.


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