Sunday, 24 July 2016

24th July 2016

It's been rather hectic, so I thought you might enjoy a storyboard of pictures of what we've been up to in the last couple of weeks.

Earlier this week I took our Divemaster trainees to Master Divers, another dive school just down the road for an evening Beach Clean up!   Many hands made light work :-D.

Simon just about to go diving
Simon and the 'new' Steve testing their camera's

A surprise visit from Tom, Si's old protege who we bumped into at Sailrock Freediving
New baby 'Giant Clams' in their new temporary home, given to us by the Dept of Marine Coastal Resources
Simon's Self Reliant student

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

12th July 2016

Not long now before we're back in the UK  ..getting pretty excited to be honest  YIPEEEEE
Time will fly by, so if there is anything anyone wants brought back, please let us know :-D

The past few days, I've been doing a lot with the dive master trainees.  Beach & snorkel clean ups, Dive site clean ups and this afternoon we're going out to Junkyard our in house artificial reef to measure / move some giant clams, block off some of the domes that you can still swim through and a general tidy up.   We should have been on our own Eco boat at midday but as the captain has gone missing, we're having to wait for Crystal 3 (Crystals largest boat) to get back and then go out for one dive on that.

The Beach Clean up gang

Dive Site Clean up crew
Oh, some bad news, Simon's computer went 'bang'  ..he's pretty annoyed as you can imagine.  He's lost so much info  ..fingers crossed he'll be able to find some sort of fix so he can retrieve some of his work.

On the bright side, his drone seems to be working after being repaired.  Simon took it for a test flight which was very brave as it was very windy and the lack of GPS made the drone very hard to fly.

Monday, 11 July 2016

6th July 2016

I've just finished a Reef Check conservation course with a 15 year old Indian guy.  It was interesting, very testing at times but understandable from an only child who's clearly been spoilt.  All ended well and his parents are very proud of him.  I'm just happy he's happy and his parents are happy,

Simon is been a little less busy.  Thankfully the European football has come to an end and I will actually get to spend some quality time with him instead of him coming home, eating and then immediately falling asleep or eating at ridiculous hours.

The Crystal Bar

The weathers been pretty dreadful  ...the mornings have been lovely and sunny and then around lunchtime, the winds picked up and the rains has come.  This is brilliant for the corals, as the water temperature is slowly reducing and likelihood of further bleaching looks doubtful.  

I was actually cold on the boat yesterday as we finished our first dive site clean up.   The wind was blowing, the rain pelting down boy it was good to go home and have a hot shower.  It's days like this that it would be so good to have a bath.


Out on the bike

I'm still cycling and swimming, not as much as I should.  I just need to get back into a routine and make more of an effort :-D  I have tried to get into hula hooping  ..but it's a lot harder than I remember.

My key lime pie

I have been baking, to a degree.  I've made flapjacks and a key lime pie  ....so that's good going in my book :-D  LOL

Sunday, 26 June 2016

26th June 2106

Finally the festival is over and we ended getting 2500 baht in prize money.  In fact everyone got 2,500 baht due to the fact that not many dive schools entered.  All a bit odd but at least we won something  :-D

Accepting the prize money :-D

Si's still having to stay all hours at Crystal due to the bar.  This Euro football is such a pain but once it's over, he'll get his life and sleep back  ...well hopefully.     He's organised a sweepstake for the remaining teams.  I've got Italy, so I'm pretty pleased, I might have a chance to win :-D

Looking into the bar  ..

Looking out from the bar  ..what a contrast!


Apart from working in the office, I've organised a land and dive site clean up.  I thought it would be good to do one at the festival site  ..thinking that we'd find lots of stuff but the only thing we found was the odd flipflop and 1 baht  LOL   Apart from that, Keith, an old instructor is over on holiday and he's been helping to weld some new structures for Junkyard.  I've not taken photo's as of yet.

Festival clean up





Saturday, 18 June 2016

18th June 2016

Today is the start of the Koh Tao Festival.  I met a few of the guys at the festival to put the final touches on our structure.  We've finally finished it, I'm so glad it's over.   Over the past few days, I've had a lot some great help & idea's and I'm pretty pleased with the way it's turned out.  


Ship coral nursery
An amazing seahorse

Anenomes
Jellyfish

During the festival, so many things go on.  Today was 'FREE' day, where shops, restaurants and cafe's give away free bottles of water, fruit, plates of food, sweets, cans of drinks, tea, coffee and also while that was going on, Koh Tao went for the Guiness book of records for 'Clasping Wrists'  I think they did it.  I would have been involved but I was waiting for the sculpture to be judged.  I did join the cycle ride which was great fun.

World record attempt. Most people holding hands
 


Not so many people took part in the bike ride this year due to the World Record attempt :-(

Friday, 17 June 2016

16th June 2016

Things haven't stopped for Simon, he's been full on with the bar and doing a brilliant job.   It's amazing how busy the place has become.  Last night was the bars busiest, with England playing Wales everyone was in the bar.  It was a great atmosphere.  Unfortunately Simon had to work till 4am.  I don't know how he did it.  He's been run off his feet.  Tonight he has an early finish, 8.30pm which is good.  It's so nice to have an early night together.  Just trying to decide on what to cook though.

While Simon's been non stop, I've been making a structure for the Koh Tao festival which starts tomorrow.  The structure has to be marine themed and made of recycled bits and pieces.  I've ended with a ship like theme, using wheels, rope which is going to be used for coral transplants and the netting that you see will have lots of brightly colored fish on it, in order for it to look as though it's underwater.   You can't really get the whole affect from the below picture as the fish have not been attached.  Final touches will have to be made tomorrow and then judging is at midday.


guys painting painting the fish

Pizzey and I having fun 



Monday, 13 June 2016

11 Jun 2016

It's been a pretty manic time as Simon has taken over the Crystal bar.  He's been working non stop, rewiring everything and I mean everything as it was a mess and to wait on Thai's to come in, you don't know what sort of a job you would end up with.  In the bar now are, weather proof speakers with all their own adjustable volume. The sound is just amazing,   There are flat screen tv's, that can show different channels or all the same  ...great for the open water movies.   All the stools have been modernized, furniture varnished and he's even made small table blackboards & large hanging ones to advertise drinks, promotions and screenings.

There has been so many changes,not all visible it's just great.  Gone are the plastic straws, water is now being sold in glass water bottles, we're having a go at making shakes  ..it's quite fun.

Its been really hard work for Simon, working over 100 hours a week and when you think things are settling down and when he can home at a decent hour, the European Cup starts  ..so games from 8pm to 4am in the morning   ...JOY!!

Bar full of happy divers



New Boards, fans, Freezer, cabling 
Euro timetable   ..YAWN!!