OFP

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Possible meanings for this acronym include Order for Protection, Optimal Fetal Positioning, Organizacion Feminina Popular, Order of Friars Preachers, and 28 others which you can see here if you like.

In this house, though, it stands for Official First Paddle (as distinct from the unofficial ones in which water just happens to slop over my shoes), and it usually happens round about April.  This year, of course, is different.

The clouds parted.  As soon as I could escape, I dashed to a nearby beach, removed my shoes, rolled my trousers up like Grandpa, and toddled in.  Wavelets embraced my feet with delicate randomness.

Of course I waded deeper, and got the trousers wet, and afterwards my damp sandy feet sucked and gritted in their shoes.  It was a perverse pleasure to trash my formal dark clothes.  Don’t ask me how you can go from needing an open fire to paddling in 36 hours.  This is England, you know.

It could be the Med or the Barrier Reef if it wasn't for the giveaway flint pebbles

It could be the Med or the Barrier Reef if it wasn’t for the giveaway flint pebbles

Gentle sloshings past the ankles

Gentle sloshings past the ankles

Silver and blue and just breathing onto the beach

Silver and blue and just breathing onto the beach

 

 

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8 responses »

  1. I was going to say you were well behind me, then I realised that all my recent paddling was in 2011. Wow that’s terrible.

    • I really can’t remember the last time we had a spring and summer so consistently dreary. Never mind paddling, I’ve not had my telescope out for SIX WEEKS and believe me I’ve been looking for an opportunity. Sigh…

  2. Well done, but I beat you – walked in the mud a few weeks back at Weston super Mare/mud. ridiculous summer. I think we should put in an official complaint to the sun god – just not doing their bit.

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