We've done 4 - four, count 'em, FOUR, FOUUUUUURRRRR!! - swims for May 2012, at Hataitai Beach. It was hardly worth mentioning that in April we did over a dozen. But four - foooourrrrrrr! - during May is brilliant (in our opinion) considering that it's been quite cold this month, pertaining to both weather and water.
At the beginning of the year, J was all bravado and said, "let's do 3 swims a month during winter" and I never committed. I just mumbled about how happy I was to stay with two. But now that I've done 4 - repeat, four - in May, and it wasn't even by mid-May but the beginning of May, I am quite optimistic for June, July, and August. When I think that three years ago, we were scared to do one a month (not in summer of course when we did dozens a month), then last year it was two a month and, now, 3. This obviously means - as J is so fond of telling me - that, by the time we're aged one-hundred-and-something we'll be doing 30 or 31 a month in a Wellington winter.
P.S. I don't think that's a shark behind us. It could be a sting-ray because they're known to be at Hataitai Beach (but usually in summer). - Nah, only kidding; it's floating seaweed!