Angophora in Oatley Park, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018

Walking and swimming at Oatley Park and Baths

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...

Handstands at the pool at Bilagal, Borambola, photo Therese Spruhan

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...

Detail of clouds reflecting on the Murray River, Goolwa, South Australia, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017

Novel experiences of pools

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been collecting passages from novels I’ve read that capture the bliss of being in water on a stinking hot day, the joy of swimming or serendipitously stumbling upon a beautiful  pool.My most recent find was...

Ivo Rowe rock pool, South Coogee, photo Therese Spruhan, 8 October 2017

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...

From magical Malabar to lovely Little Bay

From magical Malabar to lovely Little Bay

After watching my niece Orla play Aussie Rules last Sunday morning at Malabar’s Pioneers Park, we wandered through the streets till we reached the ocean pool where two girls about 9 and 10 were daring each other to jump in. “One, two, three,” they...

Mahon Pool Maroubra, 22 July 2017, photo Therese Spruhan

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!


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