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11
Jul
2017
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Take It Slow, the Wild Swimming Way

With the ever-increasing pace of modern life, many of us are turning to the outdoors as a way of slowing down and enjoying simpler pleasures. Wild swimming is becoming an increasingly popular way to connect with Nature and enjoy a different way of being outside. We thought we’d see what all the fuss is about.

wild swimming lake

What is wild swimming?

The loose definition of wild swimming is any open water swimming, whether a lido or an ocean, but different people have different takes on the precise requisite for a stretch of water to be classed as ‘wild’. Basically, if you are under the sky, not a roof, you are wild swimming.

Who does it?

Anyone, from the young to the old, can wild swim, as long as you can swim safely. People of all ages have enjoyed splashing about in rivers, paddling in the sea or doing laps in the local lido for centuries – perhaps even as long as humankind has been walking we have been playing in water.

Why do it?

There are many benefits to be had from swimming in cool, open water:

  • A sense of adventure
  • Connection to Nature and the rhythm of the water, which can help you unwind and relax
  • Cold water swimming burns more calories than swimming in warm water
  • Boosts immune system
  • Lifts the spirits as it raises endorphins
  • Seawater has been used as a therapy for centuries (thalassotherapy)
  • Boosts circulation and makes you feel alive
  • Allows us time to play and slow down
  • Relieves muscle aches
  • It’s free (usually)!

sea swim

 

How do I swim wild?

Safety is paramount when swimming in open water, especially if there are no lifeguards present or you are in an isolated area. The Outdoor Swimming Society website has a brilliant section all about how to stay safe, so make you check it, or something similar, out before you set off. You also need to check whether you are permitted to access a particular stretch of water, and what the water quality is like.

What do I need?

It’s sensible to take someone with you in case you get into trouble, but you really don’t need much kit. For very cold water you might want a wetsuit, but you can just take a decent towel (something lightweight and highly absorbent that is easy to carry). A flask of hot drink to warm you up is useful. A woolly blanket makes a great warmer-upper and later it can be somewhere you can stretch out on to enjoy the peace and the tingly feeling of having swum outdoors. For safety, a mobile phone and first aid kit is a good idea.

wild swim river

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4
Nov
2016
0

Inspiration and Advice on Decorating a Nursery

Decorating the nursery is one of the loveliest tasks when preparing for the birth of a child, but it can also feel overwhelming. Do we go for pink or blue? What furniture will we need? How do we make it cosy without being cluttered? We’ll help you address all these questions, as well as give you some useful tips on creating the perfect space for your baby to grow into.

Here’s what you need to consider when decorating a nursery:

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30
Sep
2016
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Top Tips to Help You Care for Your Wool This Autumn

As temperatures drop and the days draw in it’s time to reach for the cosy woollies. If you’ve had your winter woolen clothes and throws stored away over the warmer months, now’s the time to dig them out.

Not sure how to care for your wool garments? We will show you how to make sure they look beautiful and last as long as possible, with these simple tips:

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