Sunday, February 04, 2007

Under the Sea



The Man of the Place is off enjoying his birthday present. You may remember that his birthday was on the 6th of January. My present to him this year was a voucher for three days diving in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It was credit for three days of diving that were unused at the end of our diving extravaganza in July.


After the New Year and through to the middle of February, holiday companies practically GIVE package holidays away. Encouraged by his voucher for diving, Henry managed to get himself quite a sweet little deal on line. He got a week's accommodation and flights for under £150. One of the perks of having all the years logged on as an employee of the local council, is that my husband enjoys a number extra days paid annual leave. He can be away this week and still have plenty of annual leave for our family's summer holiday plus time off at Christmas.

So with the bargain basement package and his voucher for three days of diving in the Red Sea, he was dropped off at the Glasgow airport yesterday afternoon. He is going to extend the three days into five days of diving (weather permitting). Until now we had the exact same number of logged dives each in our log books. Now, he'll be way ahead of me. On top of that, the Red Sea is a dream diving destination. The number and variety of fish is amazing.

We can't all go diving right now for two reasons 1) we can't afford it and 2) George has school. This is his birthday present. I know how much he will enjoy this. He can also fill up on falafel to his heart's content because there will be nobody to complain about the accompanying flatulence.


So, its me and George and the dog for the next week. We are camera-free too. The Man of the Place has taken our camera and it's underwater housing so that he can come back with envy inducing underwater photographs.

I'm not into diving on wrecks as the boys are, I prefer to look at the pretty fish. Here are some of my photos from the Red Sea in July.
Giant Moray

Regal Angel Fish

Red Sea Banner Fish

16 comments:

wil said...

You MUST come and dive the Molokini Crater some time. Especially the back wall.

Jay said...

WOW! Only 150 GBP? What a bargain! What an awesome trip that will be. I've never been diving, but really think it would be so much fun. Maybe someday I will take diving classes.

Joy Des Jardins said...

What a great gift you gave him Peggy. I've never been diving, and I'm pretty sure I never will; but I've always loved watching what's on the bottom of the ocean. I love your pics of the fish...

claude said...

Great photos! Wait till he gets back, though. He is in for a temperature shock! Nice birthday present, though.

Betty said...

Beautiful photos. I'm too afraid of the water to go diving, but I'm fascinated with sea life. Go figure. That was a wonderful birthday present.

Peggy said...

Wil - I'd LOVE to, its just that the Molokini Crater is just about on the complete other side of the planet. Maybe someday . . .

Jay - I know - good deal, huh? I think everybody would love diving.

Joy - It WAS a great gift, wasn't it? I hope it raises the bar for birthday presents.

Claude - It is actually pretty mild here at the moment, but not as mild as Egypt. I am glad you liked the photos.

Betty - I just love all the pretty fish. If you're afraid of the water, then don't force it. I'll just tell you about it and take more photos. :-)

sally said...

Wow! What a great birthday gift!!
I'm sure the time off, the underwater experience, the sunshine etc, is all very salvaging this time of year. It's bitter cold here in NJ (brrrrr)

Hi to George!

Patsy said...

Wow! What a fab. birthday present! He's a lucky man to have you. He'll bring back some great shots. Your's were beautiful! What pretty fish! No diving for me, ever -- to afraid of the water to get near it.

NurseWhoLvdMe said...

I'm totally jealous of the vacation days. I know that as a future nurse, my vacations will consist of the 'honor' of working on a different floor. Such is life. :)
I hope he has a wonderful time and misses you terribly.

Kell said...

That's amazing! How cool to be diving in Egypt in January. He's a lucky man to have you. And those are beautiful pictures. I took an intro to diving class once and really liked it. Some day I may actually go back and go through with it.

Alan G said...

Wow...what a gift. And thanks for sharing the photos.

Jeanette said...

Wow what a lovely gift.
and such beautifull and colourfull fish.. but not for me I like to swim in a swimming pool were i can feel my feet on the bottom.

Tink said...

Those pictures are wonderful! Hoop and I keep talking about getting an under-water case for our camera on the days we visit the springs. I just didn't know how clear the pictures would actually turn out. Now I know. :)

Peggy said...

Sal - This birthday present should perk him right up.

Patsy - Thanks. I think he's lucky too ;-)

nursewholvdme - He does miss me. He said so.

Kell - Try Husker Divers in Nebraska!

Alan - No probs. I wish I was as good at photography as you though.

Jeanette - Down your way diving is too dangerous - big bitey and stingy things!

Tink - Get an underwater case for your camera! It's wonderful!


Thanks EVERYBODY for the nice comments. I adore you all!

Henry said...

cyI just want it noted that the pic that's on this post of someone diving at a precarious and inelegant angle of 45 degrees in a shortie wetsuit is NOT me!!
Two things, my posture in the water is a whole lot more stylish than this these days and I no longer resemble a seahorse when I'm diving. Unlike this guy....
Second thing... wearing a 3 mmm shortie suit in the Red Sea in winter would result in a sevee case of the chills. The water temperature at the surface was no more than 21 degrees C. At 30 m it was touching on 19 degrees C. If that sounds warm to you, then - trust me - it feels bloody cold. I was wearing a 5 mm full length wetsuit, a 2 mm undervest and a full hood. Even then, those needle like fingers of sea water which found ther way into the suit felt like icicles.

Henry said...

Wil - just checked the link and, yep, I'd love to dive Molokini! Do you know the wall dive at Shark Reef at Ras Mohammed? That's where I was on Friday last. I was doing the Enriched Air/Nitrox training and was comforted by the words of the instructor when he was briefing us "Well for those of you about to dive on Nitrox for the first time, you'll be aware of the significant dangers of diving at depth with 32% oxygen and the perils of oxygen toxicity. That's why we're just about to drop you into water that's 900 meters deep ...!" No joke. Our first dive on enriched air was off the sheer 3000 feet wall of Shark Reef. Had to keep my wits about me but, holy kamolee, it was awesome! As idf I didn't have enpough to think about ...

I’d seen a big shoal of big tuna type fish (Golden trevally if you want to be exact) at the same depth as me and the guy I was diving with off to the left against the deep blue of the open ocean that looked really agitated and were breaking into small groups and darting all over the place. I was hanging there looking at them for 5 minutes or so and was being quite entertained by them. When we came up at the end of the dive, my buddy pulled out his mouthpiece and shouted “Man did you see the size of that shark that was hunting those trevally?!” Although I didn’t see it, there was apparently a 3 m long silkie shark repeatedly coming up out of the deep water and scattering them … Silkies aren’t known to be hugely interested in munching on divers in preference to big fat trevally but y’know I had a quiet moment to myself before I went in for my second dive!