Thursday, 11 August 2011

Low Tide03:08 (1.00m)
High Tide09:23 (2.40m)
Low Tide15:47 (0.70m)
High Tide22:21 (2.40m)

Sea temperature: 19.4 in the evening
Sea conditions: rollers breaking on the ridge
Weather: windy with clouds breaking through
Joined by: No-one

Topics of conversation: 

To swim or not to swim.... we need to have a clear run to get out of the sea and unfortunately the combination of the tide coming in and the waves breaking just at the drop of the ridge meant that whilst we'd probably have been able to get in, getting out would have been quite a different matter though. After much deliberation we decided to play safe and didn't go in today - the first time this summer. There had been a real blow in the night, but hopefully it will all calm down and The Pirate and I might have an evening swim instead. Sorry DK, if you are reading this from afar, I know you would have called us wimps and gone in yourdelf, but without you we felt safer not doing so. I don't want to have to type "sadly reader, The Pirate is no more" as he suggested as we left the beach.

The black dog - not The Pirate's own canine companion but the low feeling that creeps in when you are not expecting it. There's a campaign to raise awareness of depression which uses the metaphor.
The Black Dog has been used as a metaphor for depression from antiquity to the present day. To bring the campaign to life we have designed visually striking Black Dog statues (soon to be unveiled).  The physical presence of a Black Dog will help people to define their experience of the ‘invisible’ condition, which characterises mental illness, as well as promoting more open discussion, understanding and acceptance. In order to deliver a positive message of support, the black dogs will have a ‘collar of hope’ and wear ‘coats’ designed by celebrities, artists and members of the public.

“The shadow of the Black Dog touches us all, but it is possible to master and live with your mental illness so that it no longer dominates your life.”Marjorie Wallace, founder and CEO of SANE

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