Splashing in the Shimna

As winter turns to spring, we Teagues are beginning to plan for Summer 2017. One of the highlights of last summer was definitely our church camping weekend at Tollymore Forest, home to Ashley’s favourite kayaking river – the glorious Shimna!

Splashing in the Shimna

When Harry clapped eyes on it though, all he wanted to do was jump in. We tried to convince him otherwise – it’s a mountain-fed river and hence absolutely freezing and there’d been no room for wetsuits in the car with all our camping gear. Unfortunately there was no talking him out of it so there was nothing else for it – Ash would go first.

And Harry would follow! I wisely volunteered to stay dry and take the photos.

As expected, it was a very quick dip.

But both Ashley and Harry totally loved it and so I decided I was missing out. We hastily got Harry into some dry clothes and left him with the camera, hoping for some action shots.

This was the result.

He was obviously too busy getting his post-dip selfie! I was so glad I’d taken the plunge even if there’s no photographic evidence of it. The water was absolutely freezing but really quite invigorating and the memory of it has got me through many a grey day this winter. We’ll definitely be including more wild swimming in this summer’s adventures. Has anyone got any recommendations for the ultimate dip?

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Kerry Teague

Kerry Teague

About Me & Mine

Ashley (Dad/ 3rd child/ chief photographer). Me - Kerry (Mum/ the sensible one... sometimes). Harry (8) can't sit still and Chloe (nearly 6, thinks she can do everything Harry can and makes pretty good attempts too). We spend as much time as possible having "adventures" (which consist of anything which takes place outside and is accompanied by official “adventure sweeties”).

Favourite place in the world:

Ashley and me - The Ards Peninsula, Strangford Lough, The Mourne Mountains . Harry – Alan’s farm, anywhere with mud, sand, bugs or tractors or that requires a paddle or harness to get to. Chloe - Anywhere as long as it's outside and preferably with somewhere to toast marshmallows and drink “North Pole” hot chocolate

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Biking, climbing, canoeing, digging holes on the beach, making dens (or anything out of sticks), looking for squirrels, butterflies, crabs and Gruffalos. Chloe loves to collect stones, but we try to discourage that as we invariably end up carrying the most precious ones home. She managed to stash about 20 in her bag on a recent weekend away in Ballycastle and cunningly talked Uncle Pancake into carrying her bag to the car so we wouldn’t find out until it was too late. She currently has a fairly large cairn in her bedroom! Harry has a model dairy farm complete with stone walls built from beach pebbles in his bedroom. Neither has much room left for sleeping.

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