The Shoal

We’ve had so many little fish under our boat here in Naiharn, Phuket. They are beautiful to watch and make a great subject for some cool underwater shots…

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thousands (millions?) tiny baitfish

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Aeneas jumps in amongst the fish, feet first (picture by Tyrii)

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can barely see the hull

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fish confetti 

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fishbowl

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There’s also a short video of this amazing fishbowl which we put on YouTube:

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Phuket

It’s been a while since the last blog… but, yes, we are still in Phuket. We’re anchored at Naiharn beach, a lovely and quiet bay with no jet skis or noisy long-tails around. We’re rather enjoying our time here and just getting on with life as we know it: school in the morning, boat jobs, some swimming and time on the beach in the afternoon and of course the odd trip into town. Not a bad situation! The weather continues to be dry and breezy but we’ve noticed a slight change over the last few days, the humidity is rising every so slightly and there are definitely a few clouds gathering on the horizon… I wonder how much longer we have before the SW monsoon season arrives?

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Naiharn bay

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Windmill viewpoint

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Rehua is somewhere on the right

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and another gorgeous sunset!

As usual, and this is the same for every boat owner, we have a long list of jobs to do. One of them is to replace our trampolines which had some wear and tear. So, we dropped them off at Rolly Tasker the other day. They are the largest purpose-built sail loft in the world, very impressive. We’re also getting our cockpit seats re-upholstered in one of the local shops we found during a walk around town. Great value for money in this part of the world. And very good craftsmanship.

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Rehua sans tramps

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makes for a great jumping off platform!

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Rolly Tasker, the largest purpose-built sail loft in the world

During our last trip into town, we stopped off at Wat Chalong. It’s a beautiful temple and a great photo opportunity with all its rich colours and sparkling gold statues. I love the positive vibes you get at a buddhist temple, feeling happy and peaceful when you walk out!

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Wat Chalong in Phuket

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sun behind the temple

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entrance to the main temple

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lots of buddhas

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colourful murals

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what a funny face

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and a scary one

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beautiful light flowing in

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view at the top

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view over Phuket

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more buddhas

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the temple has 3 levels

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playing with light

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the donations box

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little angels

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one of the other temples in the complex, all colourful and sparkling with gold

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inside the temple

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the gardens are gorgeous too

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cute elephant hedge

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that’s it for now!

 

Life’s a beach 🏖

Well, we’re certainly not complaining about the weather here. We’re experiencing a lovely dry heath, with a refreshing afternoon breeze and relatively cool nights. Long may it last!

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Nui beach, probably the cutest beach on Phuket

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digging never gets boring

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Nui beach

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fun boulders to climb on

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kids returning from the beach

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another day, another beach: Bangtao

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surfing behind the dinghy

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he makes it look so easy

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Aeneas on the board

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meanwhile, Oma and Opa are taking it easy

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lovely time catching up with my parents

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then it’s back to Naiharn beach

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and we went snorkelling;  the coral and fishes are healthier than I expected

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another gorgeous Phuket sunset …