This afternoon I picked my sister up from Marylebone Station, put the roof down on my car and drove up the hill to the Highgate side of Hampstead Heath. It’s been warm for a few days now, so I figured it was time for our first dip of the year in Hampstead Heath Ladies Pond.
I was right: a positively balmy 20C. Some wag had chalked up: too warm for some! Let me tell you that there is still a short sharp shock on entry. I’ve swum there in 15C, but 20C is a lot more pleasant.
Although I’ve been swimming there for years on and off, I still find it hard to compute that this bucolic scene is taking place a couple of miles from Mayfair. The only sign of urban living is the occasional plane passing overhead on the Heathrow flight path.
With the heatwave, the flora and fauna are out in force. There is a handy board with sightings chalked up,
although it wasn’t hard to spot the Canada Geese and their offspring Ryan Gosling.