Week 71, Saturday 24th october until friday 30th October 2015

Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in Tofo Mozambique (The NEXT Chapter).

Week 71, Saturday 24th October until Friday 30th October 2015.

Portuguese word of the week: “VELA”. This means Candle very useful when there’s a power cut:  

Congrats to the happy couple 

2015-10-24 17.42.56 I was watching the cat, while it watched me.

Saturday: Started the day leading a double tank south to “Manta reef” and “Chamber of Secrets”, both really good viz lovely chilled dives. On “Manta” we did have a couple of large Groupers.   When setting up for the second dive I had one fin on and was about to put my second one when the boat moved and I fell in. Yes I fell in the sea in full scuba gear, I had to take everything off to get back in the boat to only then put all my gear back on again to dive. We have a lovely lady called Katherine diving with us she bought me a pizza how sweet was that. In the evening while eating my cheese, tomato and crisp rolls I noticed a tabby cat looking at me from outside, very sweet it didn’t run off when I left. I’m off tomorrow the plan was to stay up late. I didn’t went to bed early, but got up in the middle of the night surfed the web. I popped out to the living room (it’s in the next hut) and there was the cat again, this time it looked at me in the dark and ran.

2015-10-25 11.47.18 2015-10-25 11.47.42 What I see from my bed inside my mozzie net.

Sunday, my day off we usually get one day off a week. Some weeks pass by without a full day off. I spelt in late, part of that was because the clocks went back in the UK and my computer and phone decided to change as well. I was a little confused as to what time it actually was. My day consisted of watching classy Marvel drama, visiting Suunto the puppy and taking Nadia to the petrol station to get fuel for Liquid.

DSCF0237 Over 11cm of worm, I couldn’t work out if it was having a drink from this puddle.  See these all over the place, I rescue them from the roads so they don’t get flattened.

Monday. I went on Ocean Safari and we had so many dolphins, there were dolphins everywhere. Normally they are shy and by the time you have got in the sea they have disappeared. But today they were playing and following us, there was a reason as the sea was full of jellyfish and small fish near the surface. During the safari we were in the water and were surrounded by dolphins. I was part of the pod, I could hear them chatting and whistling so loudly. Had lovely news about a future wedding.

12038044_10156979080498125_3465950414627043367_n 12191724_10156979080468125_5441962185896621763_n Mike and Carlo pics of the Dolphintastic Ocean Safari.

Tuesday, a dive to “Giants Castle” was the way I spent the morning, a large Grouper and a huge school of Big Eye Trevally seen. My falling out of the boat is now known as “doing a Dana” I really wish it had been filmed. I have also been a little arty when not diving and the place is quiet, have done cartoons regarding a future wedding and a Halloween one, will have to start thinking of what the rubbish painting will be this week. Had a couple of hours of no power this evening.

DSCF0151 DSCF0154 My nasty blacked out mask’s for the snorkel test, I tested them you definitely couldn’t see.

Wednesday, I lead a dive to “Clownfish” a very shallow but pretty site. The sea is big and the wind is up so everything was within the bay today. I drove our captains to Tofofino to look at the conditions and we spotted a Humpback, this could be the last of the season for me. Its snorkel test time again, Carlo and Joonas tonight stop being DMT’s and become DM’s. I have prepared the snorkels by taping ¾ of an empty water bottle to the end so that the mixture of drink can be poured down for them to drink. I have also blacked out the lens so they can’t see. They are going to be made to put on smaller than normal dive gear wearing the blacked out masks while drunk, this will get messy.

DSCF0168 DSCF0215 Snorkel time.

Thursday, Last night was very funny it really went well, I know that there were a lot of sore heads this morning. I did an Ocean Safari with a few of the people that came on the Dolphintastic one earlier in the week. Unfortunately no Whale sharks but there were more Dolphins but these were shyer and didn’t want to play. Nadia and I were invited out by Katherine, we had a lovely meal at Tofo’s Italian restaurant very nice not overly expensive food. Got to know Katherine well this last week will miss her. I have gone out twice this week, this could become a habit.

DSCF0268 DSCF0281 About 20 mins difference between these pics.  The rain lashed down.

Friday, went on a dive to “Giants Castle” saw the large Potato Grouper that hugs the reef again. Drove Katherine to the airport said good bye. It’s not been a hot day and there were dark clouds around, but within 20 mins the sky was dark and the rain lashed down. I hope she wasn’t too delayed leaving Inhambane (the airport has no lights so can’t operate at night or in bad weather). I met a new diver and got soaked rushing to the car (only 20 or so metres). The drive back to Tofo was a little scary as I couldn’t really see where I was going due to rain and spray. The storm knocked out the power in the area, I bought some candles for tonight, however the power returned just before 6pm. Now making sure that everything is charged just in case. Oh we have a trip to the island in the estuary, they can’t get back to the mainland there having to stay the night there.

DSCF0269 DSCF0273 At the airport, weather was still ok at this point.  Katherine with Jürgen a fellow Liquid diver and his wife on the same flight out of dodge.

In other news, a large Coconut Frond (leaf) fell seconds after I walked under it. The housekeeper did my washing, on a downside she unplugged the fridge and as a result there was water all over the kitchen floor. My diet here is not good, lot’s of bread and processed plastic cheese. So i have bought some pasta and tuna and tomato’s, also been eating a Mango a day. Some very sad news a local Dhow sank, 8 people mainly woman who had been fishing drowned.

DSCF0261 Bye dive buddie hope to see you in 2 years 11 months with MOZ when we come to the US to do the “Sideways” tour.

The Mid Life Crisis Conts……

This week I have been watching: “Killjoys”, (Season 1, eps 7 to 10), “Marvel: Agent Carter”, (Season 1,eps 1 to 8), “Dragons Riders of Birk”, (Season 1, eps 3), “Defiance”, (Season 1, eps 1 to 4), “Doctor Who: The Woman Who Lived”, (Season 9/35, eps 6), “Star Wars: Rebels”, (Season 1, eps 2), “NASA TV coverage of Spacewalk 28/10/15”

This week I have mainly been listening to: ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”, (23 & 24/10/15), “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Mid-Week)”, (28/10/15), “Morrissey”, “Pulp”, “Lana Del Ray”, “LCD Soundsystem”, “The Kooks”,

Reading:” The Bees”, by Laline Paull, “Knit One, Kill Two”, by Maggie Sefton, “Morrissey List of the Lost”, by Morrissey and “A Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire” book 2 “ A Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin.

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