Helen Entwisle

Perspective.
I love being up high with big views of my surroundings, but I really love the ground level feeling of being up to my chin in water! It’s a place I go to reset and absorb a fresh sense of perspective. When I’m swimming in cold water I become part of that place, for a short while, until my fingers and toes start going numb and it’s time to get out, get dressed and have a brew!

Take time.
I’m a very busy person, running my own business most days of the week, making, drawing and screen printing. I’m not very good at switching off and taking time out to rest. Put me in a lake and for a short while I will stop thinking about my to-do list and just focus on the now. I think that’s really important, thinking about the present, where you are, engaging with that space, those emotions, as
fully as possible.

Cold.
This is something I’ve always struggled with. I’m one of those people that sleeps in socks and thick pajamas all year round! Embracing open water has really shifted this and I’m sure I don’t feel the cold as much as I used to do. There are those times when the prospect of getting into a lake is the last thing I want to do. The challenge at that point is to push through the barrier, do it anyway, and remember the lift the afterglow will provide soon replaces the involuntary shrieks, bad language and pointy stones underfoot on the way in!