The first day of 2017 saw dozens of wild-swimmers take to the sea in South Devon. That we met at a beach called Inner Hope seemed pretty fitting – because you could describe this brilliant bunch of people a little like this …
Mug-clutchers, Hot waterbottle-huggers
Here’s to 2017, wonderful, warm, wise wild-swimmers
These phrases are kennings. They feature in Old Norse poetry and often join two words together to convey a sense of something, rather than use a literal description. So for the Vikings the sea was a “whale-road”; a ship was a “sea-steed”.
Feel free to add your own 🙂
* For more on the 10 Faffs of Wild Swimming – see this illuminating post from Ju Lewis