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Flowers along a motorway.

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I like flowers have you noticed.

I like flowers have you noticed.

Our outdoor swimming pool stays open until the 21st of November, so I have promised Peter I will try and take him every day until then. It's the best time of year for swimming. The water is cool and refreshing, unlike the overheated bath tub we try and swim in during the summer season. We both actually hate that. Plus, amazingly to me, nowadays most people find it too cold, so we either get the whole pool to ourselves or share it just with a couple of other like minded people. As every day is taken up with swimming, I have put hiking and exploring largely on hold until the pool closes down.

Peter enjoying the pool.

Peter enjoying the pool.

Me enjoying the pool.

Me enjoying the pool.

We did meet up with our friend, Bonnie, for dinner in 22 Degrees North on Wednesday. This is easily the best restaurant in Discovery Bay. It is run by a Belgian man and we were really sad to discover it is going to close down at the end of this month. What a shame! It will be the third restaurant to go here recently. McSorley's and Hemingway's have already gone. I think a lot of restaurants and bars lost a lot of money during COVID and although things are now nearer normal, many owners understandably don't want to continue. We will try and go once or twice more before it shuts.

We had a very lovely meal, though we were not pleased that Happy Hour ended an hour earlier than usual. Oh well at least we know now. We will come earlier next time.

Peter had his usual beer battered fish and chips. Bonnie had a chicken dish that she said was excellent and I had tuna steak with fries and freshly cooked vegetables. It was really delicious.

Count down to the end in 22 Degrees North.

Count down to the end in 22 Degrees North.

Peter with his fish and chips.

Peter with his fish and chips.



Bonnie enjoying her meal.

Bonnie enjoying her meal.

I did do one very short bit of exploring yesterday, in addition to going swimming. For a month or more, every time I take the bus to the MTR in Sunny Bay, I pass by the most amazing flowering trees. They are almost inaccessible on the edge of a busy road and in front of a sewerage plant. I reckon most people on the bus are so busy looking at their phones, they don't even notice them as they pass by. Every time I pass them, I think I should go there and photograph them and yesterday I finally did.

To do so, I got on the Sunny Bay bus and got off just after the tunnel. I then had to walk along the edge of the busy road. In some parts there was a cleared paths. In other parts, I had to wade through the long grass. Later I found I was covered everywhere in sharp little seeds that had attached themselves to me. My least favourite part was the very short way when I had to actually walk on the road. Anyway, it was worth it. The trees were amazing. I am not entirely sure what they are. Some of them could be a species of bauhinia perhaps. Whatever they are, they are amazingly beautiful.

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous.

Lovely flowers.

Lovely flowers.

Gorgeous Pink Flowers.

Gorgeous Pink Flowers.

So Lovely.

So Lovely.

Gorgeous Pink Flowers.

Gorgeous Pink Flowers.

These do look like Bauhinias.

These do look like Bauhinias.

These do look like Bauhinias.

These do look like Bauhinias.

This flower was my personal favourite.

This flower was my personal favourite.

Amazingly lovely.

Amazingly lovely.

Flowers spread across the ground.

Flowers spread across the ground.

Lovely.

Lovely.

Beautiful.

Beautiful.

This is back in Discovery Bay and these are definitely Bauhinias.

This is back in Discovery Bay and these are definitely Bauhinias.

Posted by irenevt 12:32 Archived in Hong Kong

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You have a really nice pool and it looks like you have a view of the ocean while swimming. Nice!

I loved the vibrant pink flowers. So beautiful.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, that pool is one of the reasons we are still here. We love it. Yes beyond the pool there is a path and beyond that there is the sea, so when you are swimming you feel like you are in an infinity pool. Glad you liked the flowers. I thought they were pretty lovely.

by irenevt

Congratulations on another fine day! Irene, your flower photographs are amazing indeed...We also enjoy discovering "local sights"...

by Vic_IV

Yes, local sights can be every bit as enjoyable as major touristic sites. Thank you for visiting.

by irenevt

Lovely pink flowers. - I see a glass of Leffe beer. i love that as a treat, a bit strong ! All the Best to you both. Alec

by alectrevor

Hi Alec, Yes, Leffe is strong. I think 22 Degrees North is the only place Peter drinks it. Hope all good with you.

by irenevt

So sad your favourite restaurant is closing. It’s been really difficult for their owners 🙁. Your meals look yummy. The pool looks very inviting and the flowers are so pretty. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your swims until the 21st.

by Catherine

Thank you Catherine, just come out of the pool now and freezing under the Aircon. Thank you for visiting.

by irenevt

Pretty flowers! :)

by hennaonthetrek

Hi Henna, yes they were lovely.

by irenevt

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