Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Tao are renowned for their diving and snorkelling so the day before we started our trek home, we decided to take a day trip to Ko Tao and go snorkelling. I assumed I’d probably only see a few fish but let me tell you – those waters were teeming. I saw big silver fish with yellow spots, tiny luminous blue and green ones, big shoals of zebra-striped fish that swarm around you and you get a faceful of fins… and just once, I saw three cuttlefish that I initially mistook to be squid. The coral reef was just as spectacular – stuff that looks like shrubs, massive mushroom-like ones and big clumps that look like the hair of a sleeping giant. The whole time I was in the water over the coral, I could hear a constant crackling, like rice krispies.
Saturday, we came back to Samui and started our trek home early Sunday morning. We flew Samui to Bangkok to Helsinki to Amsterdam, overnighted in Amsterdam, and continued on via Waterford to Galway. I got the train back to Dublin last night and so here I am! Back in my slippers with a proper cup of tea ready to show you some of the other things I couldn’t photograph too well whilst on the road.
The first order of business is those buttons I got in Amsterdam. Aren’t those pink ones so zany!
I did a silly amount of swatching last week. I wrote three patterns, two of which are with test knitters (did you ever hear of anything so fantastic?) and one which will hopefully be coming your way by the end of the week. I’m still working on something that I saw in my profound boredom in Helsinki airport. Apart from that, I have been working on Heidi’s shawl. She’s getting married in October and I’m knitting a shawl for one of her bridesmaids as a present.
I’d better get ready for work. You know the new branch in the Powerscourt Centre is now open? To the best of my knowledge, it’s open Monday to Saturday, 10-6, with lunch from 215-245. Can’t wait to see it myself!