Outdoor Swimming Society

Assorted posts I’ve written for the Outdoor Swimming Society

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Assorted articles in which I have been quoted:

On the map I am building of accessible swims

 

 

 

 

Night swimming

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the terroir of scent

 

 

 

 

Voodoo Lily (Dracunculus vulgaris) in
The Plants Issue of BrownBook Magazine

Beverages, bubbles and brews

Because beverages are so very ethnobotanical…. I will be one of the scientists at the ‘Beverages, bubbles and brews’ pub quiz at Chelsea Physic Garden  in May, along with forensic botany expert Dr Mark Spencer,  Lush catering’s head chef and garden experts from the garden.  Starting with a sunset walk around the garden guests will have four courses of food, drinks and questions.   Bookings are via Chelsea Physic Garden events

Filming

A beautiful loch and fantastic location for filming swimming and foraging.  I spent a couple of days exploring this loch by swimming and looking at its waterside plants. Its waters are tinted dark by tannin making it a super mirror for the sky.  Tucked amongst trees and in the lee of the mountains it is also a little sheltered from winds. We wrapped up filming with a few foraged cocktails made with local gin.  It will appear as a little segment on lochs in a series on wildlife.

Norwich Science Festival

I’ve been invited to the Norwich Science Festival where I will be talking about juniper and gin , and also running a workshop exploring some of the other botanicals used to make gin.  Expect plants, tastes, and aromas. At the end of October when a lot of our local plants are getting ready to be outdoors in all weathers is a good time to take a look at plants captured in gin, and enjoy a little armchair travel to warmer times and farflung places.

Wild swimming & wildlife

Swim outdoors and you’ll encounter wildlife.  Creatures and plants inhabiting the water are one of the most distinctive differences between swimming outdoors and swimming indoors. They can be a source of delight and sometimes a worry.   I write a column for Outdoor Swimmer on wildlife for swimmers, exploring what to look out for, where to look for it and how to enjoy it. Illustrations are created by Alice Goodridge, a swimmer who also draws.