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reader · At the Pond Paperback Ë ➹ [Download] ➵ At the Pond: Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies' Pond By Ava Wong Davies ➼ – Goproled.co.uk Tucked away along a shady path towards the north east edge of Hampstead Heath is a sign Women Only This is the Kenwood Ladies Bathing Pond Floating in the Ponds silky waters hidden by aTucked away along a shady path towards the north east edge of Hampstead Heath is a sign Women Only This is the Kenwood Ladies Bathing Pond Floating in the Ponds silky waters hidden by a canopy of trees its easy to forget that you are in the middle of London On a hot day thousands of swimmers from eight to eighty plus can be found waiting to take a dip before sunbathing in the adjoining meadow As summer turns to autumn and then winter the Pond is still visited by a large number of hardy regulars in high vis hats many of whom have been swimming here for decadesIn these essays we see the Pond from the perspectives of writers who have swum there Esther Freud describes the life affirming sensation of swimming through the seasons; Lou Stoppard pays tribute to the winter swimmers who break the ice; Margaret Drabble reflects on the golden Hampstead days of her youth; Sharlene Teo visits for the first time; and Nell Frizzell shares the view from her yellow lifeguards canoeCombining personal reminiscence with reflections on the history of the place over the years and through the changing seasons At the Pond captures fourteen contemporary writers impressions of this uniue place I read the first essay in an online promotional article for this book and I absolutely fell in love with it There’s essays based around each season and they’re all beautifully written and really captivating Each essay is relatively short so it’s perfect reading for commuting or simply just wanting to read a little bit at a time without having to come back mid storyLoved it so much I bought one for my best friend too I’ve read through it twice and it’s envoked the same feelings each time roundHighly highly recommend this book

Ava Wong Davies ä At the Pond: Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies' Pond ePub

Tucked away along a shady path towards the north east edge of Hampstead Heath is a sign Women Only This is the Kenwood Ladies Bathing Pond Floating in the Ponds silky waters hidden by a canopy of trees its easy to forget that you are in the middle of London On a hot day thousands of swimmers from eight to eighty plus can be found waiting to take a dip before sunbathing in the adjoining meadow As summer turns to autumn and then winter the Pond is still visited by a large number of hardy regulars in high vis hats many of whom have been swimming here for decadesIn these essays we see the Pond from the perspectives of writers who have swum there Esther Freud describes the life affirming sensation of swimming through the seasons; Lou Stoppard pays tribute to the winter swimmers who break the ice; Margaret Drabble reflects on the golden Hampstead days of her youth; Sharlene Teo visits for the first time; and Nell Frizzell shares the view from her yellow lifeguards canoeCombining personal reminiscence with reflections on the history of the place over the years and through the changing seasons At the Pond captures fourteen contemporary writers impressions of this uniue place A book of essays where each contributor relates to the reader their own experiences of swimming in the Hampstead Ladies' Pond a stretch of water hidden by trees on the edge of Hampstead Heath in the middle of London And we read of how after or instead of swimming visitors to the pond sit read picnic or sunbathe topless if that is their preference in the meadow adjoining watched by the vigilant lifeguards who ensure everyone keeps safe and behaves in the appropriate manner So in this slim volume we hear from writers such as Esther Freud who shares with us the benefits of immersing oneself in cold water and swimming past waterlilies and nesting ducks; Margaret Drabble who tells us that from 1968 to the mid 1990s she spent the happiest years of her life in Hampstead within walking distance of Kenwood Bathing Pond which she used only in the warmer weather; Lou Stoppard who tells us about winter swimming when the pond seems wilder and the trees sag and shake depositing snow drops; Deborah Moggach who moved to Hampstead when she was in her fifties and after biking home from her allotment would drop off at the pond for a swim during the summer and early autumn; Jessica J Lee whose book 'Turning Lessons from Swimming Berlin's Lakes' I have on my TBR and who talks about swimming in the pond alongside dendrochronology dating trees by their rings; Eli Goldstone who reveals a lot about her life than her time spent swimming in the pond; and several other authors some whom focus on the benefits of swimming at Hampstead Ladies' Pond and others who use the pond as a backdrop to discuss other aspects of their lives there is even a piece written by Nell Frizzell one of the lifeguards who shares with us thoughts from her yellow canoe As with many collections some of these essays are better than others but they are all interesting and enjoyable to read and this book is a perfect bedtime companion and one to dip in and out of as the feeling takes one4 Stars

eBook ç Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies' Pond ä Ava Wong Davies

At the Pond Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies' PondTucked away along a shady path towards the north east edge of Hampstead Heath is a sign Women Only This is the Kenwood Ladies Bathing Pond Floating in the Ponds silky waters hidden by a canopy of trees its easy to forget that you are in the middle of London On a hot day thousands of swimmers from eight to eighty plus can be found waiting to take a dip before sunbathing in the adjoining meadow As summer turns to autumn and then winter the Pond is still visited by a large number of hardy regulars in high vis hats many of whom have been swimming here for decadesIn these essays we see the Pond from the perspectives of writers who have swum there Esther Freud describes the life affirming sensation of swimming through the seasons; Lou Stoppard pays tribute to the winter swimmers who break the ice; Margaret Drabble reflects on the golden Hampstead days of her youth; Sharlene Teo visits for the first time; and Nell Frizzell shares the view from her yellow lifeguards canoeCombining personal reminiscence with reflections on the history of the place over the years and through the changing seasons At the Pond captures fourteen contemporary writers impressions of this uniue place Lovely collection of stories about a much loved swimming pool Helps when you understand the attraction of swimming outside through winter Don’t know if I could manage an English winter Sydney is testing enough however really enjoyed these ladies lovely accounts Great writing