Monday, 13 February 2017

Sunday, 12 February 2017

11th Feb 2017

We've not long been back from Koh Samui.
  We had to got to get both our Visa's extended.  It's always nice to get off the Island.  We decided to stay for a couple of nights. Simon had found this lovely little place in Lamai which is slightly more south of the island in comparison to where we usually stay Bophut.   Each morning we got up early and made full use of the pool, it was just lovely to be by ourselves for a change.  We did a little shopping, tried out a couple of new places to eat, ventured inland a little but thought better after the hills were getting rather steep and even full throttle :-D  We didn't go to the cinema this time as there was nothing worth watching.

Cuthbert find it hard to decide what to eat at the Mexican
It was the first time Cuthbert had been away.   He thoroughly enjoyed himself, swimming, motorbike rides, restaurants.  He was living the dream

Living on the edge,no helmet!!

Catching a few rays

Simon's cold/chest infection is slowly going.  He's feeling so much better but still has a nasty cough. and his sleep has improved thankfully.

For the past couple of days, Simon has gone back to being a student. Learning both theory/ practical of how to captain a boat (Coxwain course)   Speeding up and down, frightening the life out of the other candidates  ..he's loved it the waterwork :-D

Cuthbert went along today and I've just received this picture of the newly certified Simon :-D

Captain Simon & Cuthbert

Love to all,
Jenny Wren

Saturday, 4 February 2017

3rd Feb 2017

Simon's been suffering with sinus's, chest infection and now has a nasty irritating cough which keeps him awake most of the night which doesn't help when he doesn't sleep at the best of times. He's been working hard as usual and needs to rest, so thankfully he's coming home early tonight as he needs to lie down.

Last week we had a couple of friends visit from the UK, Katy & Darren.  They spent most of their time relaxing in Koh Samui and then at the end of their trip, popped over to Koh Tao to see us which was really lovely.  Luckily the weather had improved.  They stayed a couple of nights.  We went for a lovely walk to one of the view points John Suan, took them out for a try dive and had a couple of lovely meals together.  It was so good to see friends from home.

After they left, I was busy making structures for our artificial dive site 'Junkyard' and removing net from one of our deeper dive sites, Southwest Pinnacle with the help of a few recruits.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

22nd January 2017

A Belated Happy Birthday to our brother in-law Rob.  
We hope you're having an amazing time in Turkey with Jan, Joel & Amie.
If only we were all there!! ;-)

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This past week has been pretty quiet.  I took Thursday off as I had no paying customers for ECO courses and having only DMT's to take out and only a couple signed up for afternoon dives, I thought I'd give it a miss/cancel.  So instead I joined Simon on his morning walk, cycling slowly behind and walking usually on the last part of the journey as it's either a climb or so steep that even walking is a mission. It has been lovely spending quality time together.  We do have a new buddy though.  He's called Cuthbert and he's Simon's cat.  I finally gave in and bought him one for Christmas.  Now that he's house trained and been kept in for the last few weeks, we thought it would be good to take him out for some fresh air. So far he's been well behaved,

Cuthbert getting a piggyback

Cuthberts newest friend  ..he's not shy!
I'm looking forward to this week, it's certainly going to be a busy one.  We've an Island wide clean up, Dive clean ups and all sorts going on and on Thursday Katy & Darren arrive, just for a couple of days :-D So we are very excited to see people from home! :-D  

Saturday, 21 January 2017

15th January 2017

It's Sunday today and the weather recently has been really nice.   I have been out on the bike for a cycle or tow and I'm trying to get back into the swing of swimming, at least every other day.  It's not so easy when you've got a pretty steep hill to climb on the way home, everything wet and heavy  ..a poor excuse but I'll stick to that one at the moment :-D   It's been lovely sunbathing at the Regal Resort, it's not been too hot and luckily, it' has been fairly quiet ;-D

Simon has been gettting back into his walks.  As he's not the best sleeper, he goes early in the morning while I'm still in the land of nod. It's nice and cool then.   Recently it's been more like a paddle with the amount of rain we've had :-D

It's 5.30 pm and I've just finished a bit of housework and have tidied outside. Someone is clearing the land next to us.  It feels a bit open at the moment as the side of the house used to be completely hidden from the road. I really hope that they're not going to built.  I'll have to do a Donald Trump impression and build a wall :-D

Tomorrow it's back to the office, Reef Check to some of the DMT's  ..just a 1 day intro to coral reef monitoring.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

12th January 2017

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Dear Rosie,

Many Happy Returns of the Day!! 
Hope you have a lovely Birthday.
We'll be thinking of you!
Sending lots of Birthday hugs

Jenny & Simone

Friday, 6 January 2017

6th January 2017

Happy Little Christmas everyone!

It's been a really wet new year so far  ..we're getting the brunt end of a storm which passed over the Philippines and it's been torrential rain for the past 36 hours  ...flooding and water up to a meter in Chalok and Sairee.  The run off into the ocean has been horrible.  We went diving yesterday and the first couple of meters was like diving in mud, you couldn't see a thing but below that was fine, 5-8 meters.

Early evening with facebook video's / reports that some roads had been closed, water too deep and rapid like, we didn't even attempt to ride the bikes.   I think it was around 8.30 when the rain seemed to ease, we headed home.  We were shocked at the force and the depth of the water in some parts.  It's a good job that we live up in the hills.

The next morning, after a heavy night of rain we spent most of the time indoors only venturing out to see what chaos the rain had caused and to collect our bike / motorbike from Crystal.

The pictures below are from our journey into Crystal.

The weather is supposed to clear by Monday.  Even though it's still raining outside, it does look a lot brighter :-D

our road is nearly non existent now   .just been washed away

There used to be a drain there....

Koh Tao falls 

The top road shin deep

A1 bungalow at Crystal just balancing

Beach covered in litter

Crystal bar beachfront