Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Joshua feeding turtles

Our neighbor in our building has several of these turtles in the garden by or back door.

I debated with myself, whether I should rotate this photo correctly, with Joshua above. What do you think?

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Acqua Palace Sousse

This is a view of the lazy river that circles around the kiddie pool and the wave pool from the kiddie pool.

The kiddie pool with mini water slides

Joshua with the big water slides

This is the Google map of the Acqua Palace. It has reasonable prices for food and drinks. The price for a day pass is about $10 for children and $14 for adults.

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Sink drain - water heater

Out with the old.

In with the new.

Why did I bother replacing this drain? We found that the pipe down to the septic tank was one of two entry points in our bathroom for some nasty large cockroaches. Unfortunately, plumbers here are too rare. So instead of waiting for days, I spent 45 minutes and fixed it myself.

We're still waiting on parts to fix our water heater.

Our Saunier Duval water heater in need of parts.

The gray box on the right is the main part that needs to be replaced. When I bought the parts for the bathroom sink, I asked where I could find the parts myself. Might do that tomorrow. I think I can do the replacement myself, one screw and one clip hold it in place.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Turtles and snake

Look at the neck on that turtle!

Brown snake-Photo credit: FloridaSnakes.netThis looks like the snake we saw today. It was about 36 inches long.
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Name that pickup!

I took this photo at the local fish market. The previous shark photo was taken the same day. I took this photo with my HP iPAQ 910c smartphone


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Joshua playing accordion

Joshua really thought this accordion was fun to play.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rebuilt the toilet

Toilet repair photo
It was a major job, taking about two hours of patient dis-assembly, cleaning and reassembly. It was hot and humid today too. Sweat was pouring off me, as I worked in that little restroom. New parts are on the seat. Old parts are in the red bucket. The silver hose, coming from the wall on the left, is what is used instead of toilet paper.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Praying mantis in our yard

-Found this praying mantis on the roses by our front door. He was a patient model. When he had enough he walked off to the perfume tree. The lens of my Fuji S8100, in super macro mode, was only an inch from the praying mantis.


Baby Sharks in market

-Found these two sharks at the Hamman-Sousse fish market today.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Saw a jellyfish

Aequorea Victoria jellyfish off the coast of California. See full resolution‎ (1,600 × 1,200 pixels, file size: 450 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)

Joshua and I were snorkeling north of Sousse this evening. We happened across a small jelly fish that resembled an Aequorea Victoria. Joshua did a quick u-turn for the beach. We were about 50 yards from the shore.

I didn't want anything to happen to him, off alone. What if he saw another jelly fish on his way back without me? So I quickly grabbed his arm with one hand. I studied the transparent jellyfish, less than 3 inches in diameter, with black specks around its bell perimeter. Joshua will say it was much larger! I couldn't see any long tentacles.

Josh enjoyed looking at our jellyfish for a very short time. It started to swim toward our faces. :-0 Joshua shouted through his snorkel tube, "I'm getting out of here!" As I held him tight, I raised my right hand and pushed enough water toward the jellyfish to change its direction. Then it propelled itself gently out to sea, a beautiful sight to see! Wish we had a camera with us.

Some extremely important rules of SCUBA diving or snorkeling we learned in Dakar, Senegal:
  • Always dive with a buddy! Never, ever, dive alone! Keep an eye on your buddy. Make sure everything is OK. When something happens to you, your buddy could be the difference between your life and death.
  • Relax! Being relaxed in water is vital in an emergency. When something happens, follow these steps: stop, breathe, think and act. Never panic and immediately flee or surface. You can make a minor situation fatal.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Joshua and Sandy

Joshua and Sandy at the Kantaoui Golf Course

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sea cucumber Holothuroidea

A sea cucumber feeding while on gravel
Joshua found one of these today on the beach. He felt sorry for it there where the people were walking. So he carried it over by some rocks and threw it in the sea.

I wasn't too sure about touching it with my bare hands, so I picked it up with some plastic to put it in a plastic cup for Josh.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Electrician at our house

He was a hard working fellow. I ended up spending 5 1/2 hours with him, as he fixed various problems.

Wonder what an inspector in USA would think about this mess.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sousse Sunset

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