Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween Curry

Lisa's class made Halloween hats today. It was essential wear for the rest of the day.
We went for a swim down at Beau Vallon beach after work today and met some of the teachers for the usual sunset drink at the Al Mare. Lisa fell asleep in the pram so me and Karen took the opportunity to try out the 'best curry in Seychelles'. It was pretty good too.No school tomorrow. It's All Saints Day. Not sure when All Pompeys Day is!?!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Film Night (F)

Film Review - Breaking and Entering 4/10
It was great chilling out on the sofa tonight with a cold beer, a tube of Pringles and a rental DVD. But the film didn't quite live up to the atmosphere. It was OK, I guess. An off-beat tale of rocky realtionships, difficult children, robberies and immigrants, but it was a bit too slow and indulgent...typical Minghella (I still think he should have stayed in the ice-cream business). This one was my choice, so I think we'll let Karen choose the next one.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Praslin & La Digue 3

We hired a couple of bikes today to explore the rest of La Digue. We cycled round most of the island and found a couple of great little beaches. We did some beachcombing and found some cool shells (no cone shells though). We had lunch in the Oceania Resturant overlooking the ocean and looking north towards Sister Islands which lie just to the north of La Digue. We found Figo! He has retired from professional football and is now to be found driving an ox-cart in La Digue...
We went back to the hotel for a quick swim before we caught the ferry back to Victoria. It's been another tiring day...
What a great trip.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Praslin & La Digue 2

La Digue is a small island, about 2miles long and a mile wide. Until recently there were no cars on the island, just ox-carts. Although there are some vehicles now (and a couple of miles of paved road) you don't generally see them and everyone goes everywhere on push-bikes. We went out for a walk.

Karen and Lisa at Source d'Argent on La Digue, supposedly the most photographed beach in the world. It is very pretty. Lisa holding the rock up...she is pretty strong!
Karen wouldn't let me buy a palm hat. She said it wouldn't suit me?!
A little Fody who shared our lunch.
Lisa heading off for a swim. She is getting very confident in the water now, particularly with her arm bands. Karen is usually hovering around nearby worrying about her!
After a bit of snorkelling we retired to the hotel and yet another dunk in the pool. Great view of Fruit Bats, Fairy Terns and White Tailed Tropic birds flying around above the pool as we were swimming.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Praslin & La Digue 1

It's our 10th Wedding Aniversary Desert Island Adventure! The plan is to take the CatCocos ferry from Victoria to Praslin, do a trip up to the Valle de Mai on Praslin and then take another ferry over to the island of La Digue and stay there for a couple of days...

This is the port at Victoria. Virtually everything the island needs arrives here. Karen and Lisa on the ferry to Praslin with Victoria disappearing in the background. As we arrived in Praslin we saw two huge Frigate birds circling above the cliffs.

We spent the afternoon at the Valle De Mai Tropical Reserve. This is one of only two places in the world where the mythical Coco De Mer Palm grows naturally. We spent a couple of hours walking through the palm forest. We were hoping to see a Seychelles Black Parrot, but no luck.

But we did see a Jackfruit Tree!
Then we took another ferry over to the island of La Digue. Lisa is looking a bit tired after all that walking in the Valle de Mai.
We stayed at the Chateau St Cloud on La Digue. We had a dip in the pool when we arrived (and Lisa virtually didn't get out until we left!) Our room is on ground floor between the two big white pots.
We celebrated our 10th Wedding Aniversary with some top scoff in the hotel. Ten years already!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lisa Swimming

Lisa spent this morning messing about with water on the balcony. I will have to see if I can find a paddling pool for her...
This afternoon we hit the beach. Here is one of the local surf chicks looking cool...
I have been teaching Lisa to swim in the sea. Today she swam on her own (with armbands) for the first time.
Karen and Lisa walking back home past the Coral Strand Hotel. This is where all the kids gather to play on the beach and in the sea.
Tomorrow we are off on a trip over to Praslin and La Digue. We are back saturday evening. Play Up Pompey (and the Coalie!)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Chores Day

We spent the morning in Victoria today paying bills, picking up post and sorting out some stuff at the bank. We found a very nice new pizza place for lunch and after that went to the Natural History Museum. Like the pizza it was surprisingly good. I wanted to check out what cone shells looked like. They are the most poisonous thing in the sea and I wanted to make sure I didn't touch one while I was snorkeling. They don't look like much, but they do have enough poison on board to kill an elephant. This is the most deadly one (Conus Geographus)...We stopped at the beach for a swim on the way home, making sure we avoided any iffy looking shells!

When we got home we found a very bold Green Gecko feasting on scraps of food on our table..

P.S. I've just read the latest Coal Exchange FC report from new manager Jez. Through to the next round of the Cup on penalties...nice one boys!!

P.P.S. Happy Birthday Peter...hope the parcel got there in time.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Snorkelling Trip

It's Half-Term!
This afternoon we went out on Teddy's Glass Bottom Boat. The plan was to head over towards an outlying reef in the St Anne Marine Park, check out the fish through Teddy's glass bottom(!) and then head over towards Moyenne Island to do some snorkelling.
Lisa checking to see if there are any fish about.
And there were. We stopped at one of the many reefs in the area. This photo was taken over the side of the boat. Apparently the local name for this fish is Marne. There was a shoal of at least 200.
Karen throwing the fish some bread. Lisa eating the bread!
More fish over the side of the boat. These are Zebra Fish, some more Marne and the big silver one (bottom right) is a Silver Lady.
Next we headed over to Moyenne Island. The island is owned by eccentric Yorkshire millionaire and wannabe Robinson Cruseo, Brendon Grimshaw.
That's me checking out the reef life. I must get an underwater camera. The reef was teeming with alsorts of fish, coral and a turtle! I went swimming with a big shoal of Marne. They told me later they are related to the parana fish!
Lisa watching the fish from the boat.
Our boat driver, Daniel, brought up this Spider Conch. We had a look and he put it back.
Karen braves the waters for her first Seychelles snorkel dive.
It was a fantastic trip and has definately wetted our appetite for more snorkelling.

We returned to the house, finished off yesterday's chilli and watched the sunset...

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Slow Sunday (F)

I was nursing a hangover after the rugby last night, Lisa was building stuff out of lego and Karen was in her usual spot on the balcony sofa reading. It was a very chilled out sunday morning.
Lisa found that something had set up home in her dolls house. It is the nest of the Seychelles Potter Wasp. The young wasps live in this mud house until they are big enough to fly away. This one was empty.
We went down to the beach for a stroll at sunset. It was a lovely cool evening and we walked along in the waves. Sunday is the day that the locals tend to head for the beach and there were still lots of kids down there playing. I saw some of the South African kids from school, they gave me a bit of grief about the rugby. On the way home we stopped in and joined the DVD Rental Shop. Karen chose the film for tonight...
Film Review - Everything's Gone Green 7/10
This was a great little film. Set in Vancouver (we think we spotted our old apartment block in English Bay). It follows a young bloke who realises that nothing is quite what it seems. He ends up mixed up in all sorts of dodgy situations while pursuing a girl who's job it is to make Vancouver look like other North American cities for the movies.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

At the Beach

This morning me and Lisa walked down the hill for a dip. It was a beautiful morning and the beach was very quiet. Lisa is getting very confident in the water and I was teaching her to swim.
Karen came down to the beach later and we had toasted sarnies (and Diet Coke!) from the Snack Shack.

I went to the pub to watch the rugby World Cup Final tonight. It's not been a good week for English sport, so it seemed inevitable that they were going to lose. It didn't help that we were surrounded by a bunch of loud South Africans.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Miss Lisa (F)

We have a new IT teacher at the International School. Her name is Miss Lisa...

Here she is doing some marking...
Lisa came to hang out with me in the computer room while Karen was working in the library.

I played golf after work this evening. I wasn't on good form and finished in third place about 15 over.

Left to Right : Alex, Russell and Brendan (complete with Seybrew from the shop next to the sixth hole.)

Someone lent us a DVD to watch this evening. We don't have a TV in the house so it was quite a novelty to sit down and watch a film (we played it on the computer). Here's what we thought...

Film Review : 'Music & Lyrics' 6/10
'Music & Lyrics' - Standard Hugh Grant fodder. Good feelgood movie for a friday night in but won't be in our top ten. We liked Cora, she was spacey!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Diet Coke

England lost to Russia last night. I was well gutted and quite glad I didn't go to the pub. It means England might miss Euro 2008. To make things worse I have two Russian kids in my tutor group who gave me grief as soon as I arrived at school this morning. I think they derserved the detention ;-)

There was better news on the way home, when I found the first Diet Coke since we've been in the Seychelles (Pepsi Light just ain't the same)....
Even better than that....Last day of the Half-Term tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Fruit Bats

Every evening we watch the Seychelles Fruit Bats cirlcing around above the house and then landing in trees and climbing around eating the fruit. I haven't managed to get a decent photo of one yet, but this is what they look like...
Seychelles Fruit Bat.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

ISS Swimmers

On friday the School Swimming Team took part in the Seychelles School Swimming Championships and won nine out of the ten available sheilds.

After a recount the organisers decided, a little bit harshly on the school who only won one sheild, that our school deserved all ten....

Tuesday Sunset
Here's a couple of experimental shots of this evenings sunset from our balcony...

Monday, October 15, 2007

SeyBrew Price Rise

The government in the Seychelles control the price of essential products such as petrol, milk, bread and beer! The big talk has been the proposed price rise in the price of a bottle of SeyBrew. There was an advert in the Seychelles Nation ( today giving details of the price rises....
SeyBrew is going up by 1 Rupee to 11 Rupees a bottle. Current exchange rate 1 Pound = 20 Rupees.