The slender intersection between the two, some notable rivers and lakes — and an awkward encounter with a neighbour.
“we slapped thighs (our own; not each other’s)”
Top shelf comedy, this. I had hard time choking back the guffaw (the family’s asleep and I’m reading in bed).
Also, what a bargain this piece was. Like, three stories for the price of one? In this economy? You must be operating in the red.
My goodness, this is excellent ... smile out loud, super interesting, revelatory - yeah, just happen to have swum in Baikal ... very cool ... and the Cadair Idris lake, was it Cregennan? JoJo is a keen wild swimmer (cold water dipper, lake swimmer ... I don't know the proper name these days without upsetting someone in the fraternity!). Love the story about the flower farmer ... brilliantly told. Lovely stuff, thank you.
This was great.
I also like spiders and wild swimming (amongst other things). I also like to examine why I’m scared of the things I’m scared of (of which there are many) - and even though I don’t have any solid answers I have some ideas... 🤔
This is hilarious, I needed it. Thank you.
I used to wild swim in some of our rivers in Kent, but wouldn't do it now... I felt so sorry for (laughed directly at) your poor, be-wadered colleague standing solo, sans protest. Called off due to rain... smdh, the French wouldn't let a little weather get in the way of a protest.
I sincerely hope you get an invite to SFFHF's next dinner party.
Absolutely sumptuous descriptions of water and spiders!
Brilliant and fun. I loved it. On one very important issue, I'm firmly in Joel's camp. All about mammals. Even fish.
So great, Jill! I love the drawing - that's one biiiiiig spider!
I'm chief spider-wrangler in this house - Jim and Joel have an aversion in common. I have rather a soft spot for the things, despite finding one IN MY SLEEPING BAG when we were camping last week. It was fine once I realised what it was, and had reassured myself that it wasn't an earwig. *shudders*
This line made me laugh out loud: "Most of the time the conversations I overhear in the office are as inspiring as toenail clippings, and quite as brittle." Glorious! (the words, I mean, not the toenails. Ugh.)
Phew! The taster - mostly about the spider stopped me in my tracks. Thankfully, I was able to read more today. Hoorah! A lovely piece. Thank you. And I love your tumbling train of thought.
So wild and beautiful! Also, your voice is so lovely, I could listen to you read anything 💕
Thanks for the restack!