Ocean

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Introducing The Memory Pool: Australian stories of summer, sun and swimming
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From Kiama to Coogee and north to Bilgola: a photo essay on six ocean pools
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Coogee swim sparks memories of mostly triumphant trophy days
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From Herbert Badham to Matthew Martin: the fine art of drawing & painting pools
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Red and yellow and purple and blue: celebrating the cap swimmers at ocean pools
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Two good men, a long friendship and Friday night swims at Tattersall’s pool
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A bubbly birthday soak in the Ivo Rowe Rock Pool
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Wading into The Pool exhibition in Melbourne
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Saturday’s super swell smothers Mahon Pool
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Winter swimming in the glorious light at the Werri Beach ocean pool

Introducing The Memory Pool: Australian stories of summer, sun and swimming

I’ve been quiet on Swimming Pool Stories lately because I have been busy writing a book called The Memory Pool: Australian stories of summer, sun and swimming published by NewSouth Publishing. It will be in the book stores from 1 November but you can pre-order now at Booktopia, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, Better Read Than[…]

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From Kiama to Coogee and north to Bilgola: a photo essay on six ocean pools

During our hot and humid January, these beautiful ocean pools in Sydney and south to Kiama have kept me cool, calm, revived and inspired.

Coogee swim sparks memories of mostly triumphant trophy days

We were on Cleveland Street near the Lebanese restaurants – The Prophet and Fatima’s – where I used to dine at in my uni days, when we got the call. “You came third in your age group,” my niece Rosie relayed from her friends, the Moylans. “Really?” I said. “Yes, really,” her young friends yelled[…]

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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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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.

 

Two good men, a long friendship and Friday night swims at Tattersall’s pool

At the funeral today of our Dad’s great friend Tony, his daughter Philippa spoke about her father’s love of swimming and his special affection for Clovelly where he was always on the lookout for the blue groper. She talked about his involvement with many organisations including Friends of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Rostrum and Apex,[…]

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A bubbly birthday soak in the Ivo Rowe Rock Pool

Last Sunday, when we arrived at South Coogee for my traditional birthday, salt water swim, the sea looked like it was pumping a big swell. As we walked towards the pathway above the coast, I expected to look down on a submerged Ivo Rowe Rock Pool. But happily we found an almost tranquil scene, despite the[…]

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Wading into The Pool exhibition in Melbourne

The Pool, Australia’s exhibition at last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, has had a second life and last Friday night was officially opened at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. The exhibition celebrates the pool in Australian architecture, culture and life and there was plenty of enthusiasm for its reincarnation at the opening, including[…]

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Saturday’s super swell smothers Mahon Pool

Late Saturday afternoon, after watching my niece Rosie play a great game of netball at Heffron Park,  we headed down the road to Maroubra’s Mahon Pool to join the other wave watches witness the sea put on a spectacular show!

  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan

Winter swimming in the glorious light at the Werri Beach ocean pool

At the beginning of winter we drove south to spend the weekend with friends at Trudy’s Werri Beach house. On the Saturday morning we went for a walk, bought a coffee from the man with the van near the surf club, then back home for Stephen’s leftover ragu. After lunch we retired to the lounges,[…]

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