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Last days of the pool.

Sadly, we have reached the last day of our outdoor pool before it is closed for winter. We could not agree which of the two pools to swim in, so we decided we'd swim in both: Sienna in the morning and the Residents Club in the afternoon.

Swimming in Sienna in the morning.

Swimming in Sienna in the morning.

Looking across infinity towards Hong Kong Island.

Looking across infinity towards Hong Kong Island.

On the walk back home from Sienna, I noticed the bauhinias were a bit past their best but the hibiscus were thriving.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

The Residents Club in the afternoon.

The Residents Club in the afternoon.

After all that swimming we were hungry and thirsty, so we decided to go out for a Chinese meal. We had chicken cashew nuts and shredded pork with crispy noodles, washed down with bottles of Tsingtao.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Maybe our sports club is more knowledgeable than I thought as the day after the swimming pools closed, winter arrived. It's cold, foggy and raining here. Covid cases are shooting up again. They are saying it's the start of our fourth wave. Schools are shut for kindergarten, reception, primary one, two and three. I'm back on zooming again. This latest outbreak is being blamed on celebrations at several dance clubs.

The harbour under winter skies.

The harbour under winter skies.

The harbour under winter skies.

The harbour under winter skies.

On a happier note a few signs of Christmas are appearing through the gloom.

Christmas is coming.

Christmas is coming.

Christmas is coming.

Christmas is coming.

Christmas is coming.

Christmas is coming.

Now all schools here are shut. There have been several covid cases in my school so I have not been going out a great deal. Our dreaded fourth covid wave is raging. One of my few outings was to the main post office in Central - exciting stuff.

Sir Thomas Jackson.

Sir Thomas Jackson.

To get to the post office I walked through Statue Square. There is now only one statue here. It is of Sir Thomas Jackson, a former chief manager of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. His statue stands quite close to the headquarters of HSBC. Other statues disappeared during the second world war, though the Queen Victoria statue which was here was saved from a rubbish tip and placed in Victoria Park.

HSBC and Bank of China towering over Statue Square.

HSBC and Bank of China towering over Statue Square.

The post office is near Jardine's House.

The post office is near Jardine's House.

Jardine's House is an iconic building in Hong Kong. It is famous for its circular windows, reminiscent of the portholes of a ship. Jardine Matheson was a Far Eastern company founded in 1832 by William Jardine and James Matheson, both of whom were originally from Scotland. They sold opium in Asia in return for tea and silk. Jardine Matheson established their headquarters in Hong Kong in 1844.

Windows of Jardine's House.

Windows of Jardine's House.

Reflections in buildings near Jardine House.

Reflections in buildings near Jardine House.

Post office.

Post office.

Post office.

Post office.

On my way home I passed through Sunny Bay Station. This is the station where you can catch a train to Disneyland. The Disneyland train had just arrived. It's very distinctive with its Mickey Mouse windows. Since then theme parks have closed down yet again due to covid.

Disneyland Train.

Disneyland Train.

Posted by irenevt 04:43 Archived in Hong Kong

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Great place for a swim.-- Do you have indoor pools near by ? Stay Safe, Alec.

by alectrevor

Nice beer pictures, but I'm not too keen on the seafood?...... a nice juicy hamburger would have been my first choice, but each to their own.......

by Bennytheball

Looks like a great day! A shame your pools are closing for the winter but you made the most of your last chance to swim :)

by ToonSarah

Very cheerful and cozy atmosphere... Thanks for sharing your joy!

by Vic_IV

Love the photos of hibiscus - they always look to me like they are sticking their tongues out.

Our pools here have been closed since March and it is probably too cold for me to go down to the end of the street and swim there without a wet suit.

by greatgrandmaR

Hi Alec, yes there is one indoor pool here too, so we will swim sometimes.On week day evenings that pool is taken over by kids swimming lessons so is no good for a swim. At weekends it's better but can be very busy.

by irenevt

Hi Benny, it's not seafood. One dish is pork with crispy noodles, the other is chicken cashew nuts. Maybe the mushrooms look like seafood in the picture.

by irenevt

Hi Sarah, guess it has to close sometime. Today is cold, grey and raining.

by irenevt

Hi Victor, thank you for visiting.

by irenevt

Hi Rosalie, yes hibiscus certainly do look like they have tongues. Are you right next to the sea?

by irenevt

I am about a quarter mile up a steep hill (if we get flooded here, we are going to need everyone to build an Arc) from Breton Bay which is a branch of the Potomac River which runs into the Chesapeake Bay. I can get to the Chesapeake in about half an hour by car. The Bay is big enough on the south end that you can't see one shore from the other and it has tides and is brackish water. There are beaches, and fish. I don't know whether you'd call it the sea or not. I think that is UK terminology - we would say ocean unless it was a body of water with Sea in the name.

by greatgrandmaR

Sounds like a lovely place. I've just been reading two books set in Chesapeake Bay.

by irenevt

They were Winter Cottage and Spring House by
Mary Ellen Taylor.

by irenevt

I am not familiar with that author. James Michener and Nora Roberts also have books about the Chesapeake region.

by greatgrandmaR

Oh, bye bye pools!
Good that you had last chance of swimming before winter!

That food looks delicious! And beer...;)

by hennaonthetrek

Hi Henna amazing to think that was less than a week ago. Since then we are in Corona virus wave four. A child in our school tested positive for it so we are not allowed on the premises for two weeks and all busily zooming from home.

by irenevt

I'v never learned to swim, but I think I could have a try again.

Hugs from Italy!

by Maurizioagos

Hi Maurzio, I didn't learn till I was in my 20s.y husband taught me. At learning to swim lessons when I was a kid I just went straight to the bottom. Don't even know how. Thought I was unteachable. Now I love it.

by irenevt

Someone in our daughter's office just tested positive so the office is closed for two weeks. She's been working from home so it's nothing new for her. The others are trying to figure out home computer connections. This has been a crazy year.

Your swimming pools looked just lovely. So glad you could enjoy them one last time.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, life has gone a bit downhill here since then. Just about to write about that in my next blog entry.

by irenevt

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