What water means to me: Everything
I could not envisage life without water - not just because we need it to survive but for the enjoyment it brings me.
It provides challenge by keeping my finny targets healthy within its safe clear bowers; it brings wonder in its brute torrential force and yet quietness and contentment as it laps my toes on a sunset evening.
It adds to landscapes that I hold dear and memories of swimming challenges that it has given me in my long life.
It has held me safe as a diving visitor to its depths but constantly reminds me of its awesome force as it crashes against the rocks.
It brings friends and fascination as I gaze in awe at the face of a seal, a furry otter or perhaps a plump crayfish which will be a sumptuous meal later in the day.
Water! What on this Earth would I ever have done without it?
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