Archive - 2018

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From Herbert Badham to Matthew Martin: the fine art of drawing & painting pools
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Handstands and kookaburras welcome a new season at Petersham Pool
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Red and yellow and purple and blue: celebrating the cap swimmers at ocean pools
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Scenes from the morning steam at Leichhardt Pool
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Gold Coast dreaming of swimming pools
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An end of season ode to Petersham Pool
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Walking and swimming at Oatley Park and Baths
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Farewelling a farm pool with a fabulous view

From Herbert Badham to Matthew Martin: the fine art of drawing & painting pools

Last weekend when I visited the State Library of NSW’s Paintings from the Collection exhibition, I was taken with a painting called The Swimming Enclosure by artist Herbert Badham. It’s thought to be a depiction of the netted swimming area at Parsley Bay in Vaucluse near where the artist and his wife Enid lived, and in the[…]

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Handstands and kookaburras welcome a new season at Petersham Pool

  • Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre Petersham, photo Therese Spruhan, 3 October 2018
  • Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre Petersham, photo Therese Spruhan, 3 October 2018
  • Fanny Durack Aquatic Centre Petersham, photo Therese Spruhan, 3 October 2018
  • Handstands at Petersham Pool, Therese Spruhan, 3 October 2018

My first day back for the new season at Petersham Pool started with a mid-stroke wave from Hugh, followed by ‘How ya’ been,’ from hardworking lifeguard Grant, travel stories from Peter, a declaration from Michelle, ‘The water’s like silk’, and an exclamation from Cheryl, “Aren’t we lucky to have this beautiful place’. Kookaburras laughed and butcher birds sang, and after I’d finished my laps, I marked the pool’s reopening with a ‘back to when I was 10-year’s old’ celebratory handstand!

Red and yellow and purple and blue: celebrating the cap swimmers at ocean pools

  • Wylie's Baths Coogee, photo Therese SpruhanYellow cap, Wylie's Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanBlue, black, white caps, Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, NSW.
  • McIver's Ladies Baths Coogee, photo Therese SpruhanPurple cap, McIver's Ladies Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Wylie's Baths Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanBlue cap, Wylie's Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanRainbow cap, Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, NSW.
  • Malabar Ocean Pool, photo Therese SpruhanRed cap, Malabar Ocean Pool, NSW.
  • Edithburgh Tidal Pool, photo by Therese SpruhanWhite cap, Edithburgh Tidal Pool, Yorke Peninsula, SA.
  • Bronte Baths, photo Therese SpruhanFrilly cap, Bronte Baths, NSW.
  • Wylie's Baths Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanLight blue caps, Wylie's Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, photo Therese SpruhanWhite and blue caps, Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, NSW.
  • McIver's Ladies Baths Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanRoyal blue cap, McIver's Ladies Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Werri Beach Rock Pool, photo Therese SpruhanLime green cap, Werri Beach Rock Pool, Gerringong, NSW.
  • Newcastle Ocean Baths, photo Therese SpruhanBlue cap, Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW.
  • Wombarra Ocean Pool, photo Therese SpruhanBlack cap, Wombarra Ocean Pool, NSW.
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, photo Therese SpruhanNo cap, Mahon Pool Maroubra, NSW.

 

Scenes from the morning steam at Leichhardt Pool

I was about to drive to my local indoor pool this morning but at the last minute I changed my mind. I wanted to swim outdoors and so I headed down the road to Leichhardt Pool where I had the most beautiful swim in the perfect water temperature among the steam!

  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan

Gold Coast dreaming of swimming pools

On the Gold Coast last week to go to the Commonwealth Games, I was 10 again and in seventh heaven spotting pools from our hotel balcony on the 22nd floor. When I cooled off in the Avani pool, the lights reflecting gold across the water, I was 13 and reliving my excitement the first time I[…]

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An end of season ode to Petersham Pool

Since you closed yesterday for the winter months, I have been thinking about the things I will miss like walking towards you through Petersham Park, past the camphor laurels where the butcher birds sing. The ‘good mornings’ from fellow regulars, Peter, Gerard, Roger, Nick, Hugh and Michelle, and random chats at your shallow end. Being[…]

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Walking and swimming at Oatley Park and Baths

  • Angophoras at Oatley Park Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 February 2018
  • Oatley Park and Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Oatley Park, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Races at the Oatley Amateur Swimming Club, Oatley Baths, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Oatley Amateur Swimming Club races, Oatley Baths, 18 Feb 2018 photo Therese Spruhan
  • Blocks at Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Dressing sheds, Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Concrete blocks at Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 February 2018
  • Pontoon at Oatley Baths, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018

Pink-orange Angophora trees twisting and turning like ballet dancers above a river of blue-green, pathways of sandstone, the sweet smell of the Sydney bush, the camaraderie of the Oatley Amateur Swimming Club, bodies diving off the concrete blocks, retro change rooms, sausages and tomato sauce, a salty taste on my tongue, sand and mud between my toes, the swish of the water, the flow of the tide and the heat of the summer sun.

Farewelling a farm pool with a fabulous view

Back in the 1970s, when my sister, brother and I were kids, we spent many years presenting compelling arguments to our parents why we needed a pool in our backyard. We were always hopeful but they never gave in. Their view was we didn’t need one as we had Northbridge Baths down the road.  When[…]

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