Tuesday, 1 September 2015

1st September 2015


Another month begins, and its been a busy week.

I have been out on the boat with my Go Pro, doing some Self Reliant dives and helping Jen with her Reef Check course.

She started the course with Kirsty (who wanted to get it done before she leaves) and a new Instructor called Han Song. Both of them sailed through the course, and had a great time...

They even celebrated the final survey by having a few Gin & Tonics before chowing down on a Fried Cricket... Yuck!  Needless to say my excuses about being a Vegetarian was enough to get me out of the same fate.

The island is in its last busy phase before it goes quiet for a couple of months. I am working hard to finish of outstanding UK work, before getting back to my walking...

Jenny and Kirsty have been spending her last couple of days here doing some diving and massages... She is off on the 3rd back to the UK... It will be strange, not sharing a house with someone...



Friday, 28 August 2015

28th August 2015

We were all up bright eyed and bushy tailed this morning ready for a good walk to the view point.

Kirsty hadn't done the whole walk before and sadly she's leaving the island early September, so we thought we'd take on a little adventure ;-)

Even though, we left pretty early, it was still very hot.  We'd packed water, covered ourselves with suncream and marched upward and onward till we finally came to the first stop/view point.

We are so lucky living on a pretty island such as Koh Tao  ...you really have to sit back sometimes and just take everything in  ...this view point is the perfect place to do that.

The journey down the hill was pretty steep in places, Kirsty and I had a few little slides.  The track's so uneven that it really plays havoc with your knee's  ..we definitely are getting old, but not too old I hasten to add :-D

Simon gave me a big old stick, which was great for fighting off snakes that we encountered  ...urgh!!!!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

26th August 2015

Where has the time gone?!    ..it's our 9th Wedding Anniversary!!!  

Simon got up early this morning to go and get his tyre fixed as he had a blow out last night with Kirsty on the back.  They're both ok not really going that fast but Simon nearly had a close encounter with a Taxi.   I'm so glad we're both wearing helmets now.    On his return I was presented with a beautiful bunch of flowers and then breakfast, which consisted of freshly made croissants, boiled eggs and a mug of fresh coffee   ....yummy!!!

Thank you for our lovely cards  xx

Of course.... every anniversary means its Roys birthday!!

So a very Happy Birthday to you!!


Jen & Si

Sunday, 23 August 2015

24th August 2015

Hi all,
We hope Charles enjoyed his Birthday activities and that you didn't miss us too much.
A year older & smarter :-D

So, here are the long awaited photo's of our house.
The quality isn't brill as I took them with my phone  ...but good enough for you to get an idea

TV & eating area

Kitchen area & my gas cooker :-D
Work & eating area

Si's bike & view of Hacienda from front door

My bikes
Comfy hammocks

Side of house facing Hacienda
With this house, we haven't got the view that we are used too  ..but it's cozy and much quieter than expected, especially being next door to Hacienda.

It's very convenient, only a few minutes cycle to Crystal and we've got 7-Eleven just over the road.

What's really handy ..if we've all had a really busy day, we can phone Hacienda for delivery and the time it takes us to get back, shower  .. food's usually at the door or on the table. How good it that?!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

23rd August 2015

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Dear Charles,

Simon and I wish you a very Happy Birthday!

Enjoy your day and we will be thinking of you.

Sending lots of love & hugs,

Jenny Wren & Simone  x x

(sorry it's a Ford in the pic)

21st August 2015

It's been a busy few weeks.  As Simon mentioned, I've had a Eco student here for 3 weeks who has now left.  So I'm finally free to start sorting things out ready for the office move.
Eco is moving to Steve's (Crystal Images) new apartment, just across the road.  We were originally told that we had to move from where we are as the landlady wanted the building back to extend it and then turn it into a coffee shop and massage place  ...as though they're aren't enough on Koh Tao.    So the next few days, I'm going to be sorting, clearing and humping furniture around.

As a treat last night, I went for a massage ...I have found a great place where you can have an hour thai massage for only 200 baht, which is about 4 pound  ...how cheap is that?!    When I walked in, I was greeted by these little things



Monday, 17 August 2015

18th August 2015

So... what have we been doing for the last 10 days.

Well, since the 9th Jen has been continuing the eco course, and I have been working on UK projects. Not much in the way of diving, apart from a day out to Sail Rock having a couple of fun dives...

Apart from that, I have been trying to hike every other day if possible...

Jenny Eco student passed her Reef Check Eco Diver course and is just finishing her Marine Resource Management Course before doing some internship stuff..

She is now building a new nursery from recycled metal, and hopefully will deploy the structure today, since the weather indicates some big storms coming.

We popped over to Samui for the day to have some fun go karting, and stayed the night with David at Cocooning Hotel. We also met up with Atilla and Timea who had recently moved from Koh Tao to Samui just a few weeks ago...

 It was good to catch up, and we all had far to much to drink... We just managed to get the ferry back the next day.... it was fully booked, but arguing for ages, they finally relented and popped us on the boat... phew!!!

Meanwhile, the news of an explosion in Bangkok, is very concerning, but please be assured that we are all fine here.