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In Search of Autumn and Winter.

Was it really just a few weeks ago that life here was good? Well, it's all gone wrong again since then.

Schools, for the year group I teach, closed down again on November 20th. At the time I was really annoyed, as it seemed unnecessary, but our covid numbers have shot up again recently and now all schools here are closed. Actually for me it turned out to be lucky that schools closed when they did as two children in our school came down with covid and this meant all pupils and staff were strongly encouraged to be covid tested. As one of the students was in my class, I took the test. Here a positive result means you are put in hospital, even if your symptoms are mild, so I was hugely relieved when my results came back negative. I've been a bit more wary about going out too much since then so my redoing of Hong Kong has not happened.

From Thursday 9th December many things are set to shut again. Restaurants are to close from 6pm, bars are already closed, gyms, swimming pools, beauty parlours will all be shut. Everyone is encouraged to go out as little as possible. I am working from home mainly. I only need to travel across Hong Kong to go to work once a week.

Today, however, I just couldn't take any more of being constantly in, so I took my phone and went for a walk in search of some traces of autumn and winter.

Hong Kong doesn't really have four seasons. It is hot, humid and rainy in summer. It can get quite cool in winter. Plants seem to thrive here all year round. Trees don't all shed their leaves at the same time, so I started out just looking for any traces of autumnal colours.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Hints of Autumn.

Berries.

Berries.

Four Seasons.

Four Seasons.

There are also still plenty of flowers around, too. The palm trees seem to be covered in either coconuts or dates and I found a beautiful praying mantis sitting on a leaf.

Dates.

Dates.

Dates.

Dates.

Coconuts.

Coconuts.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Ever feel you're being watched?

Ever feel you're being watched?

Ever feel you're being watched?

Ever feel you're being watched?

Back in civilization I walked past our chapel.

Looking through our chapel.

Looking through our chapel.

Our chapel.

Our chapel.

A little further on there were certainly many signs of winter or at least Christmas.

A plethora of poinsettia.

A plethora of poinsettia.

A plethora of poinsettia.

A plethora of poinsettia.

A plethora of poinsettia.

A plethora of poinsettia.

A plethora of poinsettia.

A plethora of poinsettia.

A plethora of poinsettia.

A plethora of poinsettia.

The bringer of poinsettia.

The bringer of poinsettia.

The colours of Christmas.

The colours of Christmas.

The colours of Christmas.

The colours of Christmas.

Merry-go-round.

Merry-go-round.

Merry-go-round.

Merry-go-round.

Merry-go-round.

Merry-go-round.

Merry-go-round.

Merry-go-round.

Oh Christmas tree.

Oh Christmas tree.

Oh Christmas tree.

Oh Christmas tree.

Oh Christmas tree.

Oh Christmas tree.

In the midst of all the gloom and doom it was comforting to know that at least Santa and Rudolph are still having a good time.

Santa's happy!

Santa's happy!

Rudolph's happy!

Rudolph's happy!

Posted by irenevt 08:44 Archived in Hong Kong

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On this dull misty morning in England, your beautiful pictures put a spring in my step. thanks SAY SAFE.

by alectrevor

Hi Alec, glad to hear it. Hope you are keeping well. All the best, Irene.

by irenevt

Irene, you live in a piece of paradise I must say... Thanks for sharing some of your joy of living there...

by Vic_IV

Hi Vic, Hope all good with you. Thanks for dropping by.

by irenevt

I would never have thought of Hong Kong having any autumn colour at all! The flowers are very cheerful, despite the gloomy times - something to give us all a lift :) I loved your praying mantis shot too. Stay safe!

by ToonSarah

I quickly looked out our back window and our bottlebrush tree is blooming now also. We have a bit more fall color simply because a lot of people have planted maple and gum trees just for the fall color. You could start a Hong Kong tradition . . .

The little mantis was cute as can be. He posed very nicely for you.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sarah, you are right we don't really have autumn, more just summer and winter. Winter here never gets down to freezing but it does feel cold as noone really has heating and no public places are heated. Thank you for visiting.

by irenevt

Hi Sally, your surroundings sound nice and colourful. Yes the mantis was very cute. All the best.

by irenevt

I think your second photo is of Croton leaves. My father brought into the house in the winter what he thought was a gall. It wasn't. It was on my mother's night table. She woke up one morning to find a bunch of baby praying mantises staring at her from her alarm clock. Unfortunately, it was February and was too cold for them outside

by greatgrandmaR

Haha I like praying mantises but not sure I'd want a whole bunch of them staring at me.

by irenevt

I find very odd (good odd ;) ) to see Christmas tree and palm trees in the same photo!

by hennaonthetrek

Hi Henna, now that you mention it I guess it is though it's pretty normal in South East Asia. Most countries go in for Christmas decorations here.

by irenevt

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