It started well when we entered two teams into pub quiz and came third! The second place team had already left so we were upgraded and in the money!
Of course we weren't popular with the locals & even less so when entering the quiz at the Beadnell Towers the following night we managed to win again! It's one way to pay for the diving!
In the water we were lucky to have between 7 and 10 metres visibility although the temperature at 11 deg C was decidedly cool. It could have been worse; last June it was only 9.
There was quite a breeze but even though it was blowing onto the west side of the islands and the current was onto the east side, we managed four different dive sites: the Northern Hares, the north side of the Knivestone, the Pinnacles and the east side of Crumstone
It was a mix of scenic and wreck and all the life that went with it. We were in nudibranch heaven, in some places it was like a tenement of lobster and crab and the grey seals came for a nosy too. If dives didn’t last the full 60 minutes it was usually because we got too cold, not too bored.
Diving in the Farne Islands from the hard boat of first Stan and then Lee Hall is something we have been doing for over 30 years, so you won’t be surprised to hear that before we left we booked a trip for 2018.