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Trying to Cheer Myself Up

A bit of New Year colour

I haven't been going out much in the last couple of weeks as there is a huge outbreak of Omicron here. This is, of course, going on all over the world, but here our government is sticking by their dynamic zero policy, which means they want zero COVID cases in the community. This means an endless round of closures (nearly everything is shut), lock downs and compulsory testing.

My friend, who travelled across Hong Kong today to visit his mother, sent me pictures of the huge queues of people waiting to be tested in various districts he passed through. Here in Discovery Bay we have to get tested by Sunday or face a HK$10,000 fine, that's around £1000 each. If you are positive with symptoms, you will be sent to hospital. If you are positive and asymptomatic, you will be sent to a quarantine centre. If you are a close contact of someone who is positive, you have to stay home and self isolate while wearing a tracking tag.

From February 24th we need a vaccine passport in order to enter a shop, restaurant or any other public building. In fact, the only thing you don't need it for, so far, is transport. Not sure where you would be going without one, as you aren't allowed in anything!! We are both double vaccinated and I've booked us both a booster. Later on, I think around June, you'll need to prove you have had a booster or lose your vaccine passport.

I went and took a look at the queues here today, but didn't join them yet. I think queuing will be how we are spending tomorrow. Since Peter is elderly and can't stand for long periods of time, I'll take a folding chair with us.

After looking at the queues, I went to photograph anything I could see that was colourful or beautiful in an attempt to cheer myself up. I also did a bit of food shopping in case we get forced to self isolate. Self isolation is the lesser of all the evils.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers on my cheer myself up walk.

Flowers.

Flowers.

I watched some dog walkers taking all the dogs they have to look after for a walk. Seeing someone walking around ten dogs at a time here is fairly common.

Dog walkers.

Dog walkers.

Dog walkers.

Dog walkers.

I took some photos of views and interesting features as I walked to the supermarket

Flowers and views.

Flowers and views.

Views.

Views.

Love Padlocks.

Love Padlocks.

Art work.

Art work.

There are still lots of things around to celebrate Chinese New Year, though the celebratory atmosphere is somewhat lacking as you can probably imagine.

Firecrackers.

Firecrackers.

Windmills.

Windmills.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Brightly coloured fruit.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Cheerful Flowers.

Let's see what tomorrow brings.

Posted by irenevt 09:22 Archived in Hong Kong

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Hi, Irene! Keep safe! Thanks for sharing your inspiring photographs!..

by Vic_IV

Hi Victor, Hope all good with you. Thanks for visiting, Irene

by irenevt

Is Covid ever going away.? Keep your chin up. -- If we can believe our government these days,all covid restrictions will end in England 21 February. S,W, NI, differant. STAY SAFE.

by alectrevor

Hi Alec,

To be honest I'm not sure I can take tight restrictions having already gone through 2 years of this. Sure I'm not alone in feeling this way. Guess I'll just have to see what happens. Thank you for visiting.

by irenevt

I find this art very amusing, the girl with chicken in her head...:)

Lot of oranges/mandarins/clementines, could you pick the fruits if you wanted or are their just decorative?

by hennaonthetrek

Hi Henna, the colour and shape of the fruit are symbols of good luck I think for the new year. I'm sure I've had some of the smaller oranges, kumquats in drinks before. They are sour but go well in a drink.

by irenevt

Beautiful pics.

Greetings from cold Italy.

by Maurizioagos

Thanks, Maurizio. Hope all good with you. We are in the midst of a huge Omicron outbreak here, so haven't been going out too much recently. All the best, Irene

by irenevt

Love your flowers. Our camellias are blooming right now too. We also have lots of citrus and the peaches and apricots are blooming. Spring is coming . . .

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, your flowers sound beautiful. I must make an effort to see some spring flowers here.

by irenevt

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