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Life during the Pandemic - A Walk in the Park.

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Discovery Bay, Hong Kong.

Discovery Bay, Hong Kong.

Like all members of Travellers point, I'm missing travelling and missing taking photos. Here in Hong Kong we are not currently in lockdown, though we are discouraged from going out other than for shopping or exercise. We are also not allowed to be in groups of more than four people. Most days, in order to exercise and stay sane, I take a walk in the area where I live. I'm very fortunate as I live in part of Hong Kong that has open space, greenery and not too much in the way of crowds. Believe me this is not typical for here.

Each time I go walking, even in the pouring rain, I keep thinking how pretty it is and that I should take some photos around where I am and treat it as if I'm on holiday to cheer myself up, so today instead of just walking I took my phone with me and took some pictures.

I mainly walked around Sienna Park. I walk here so often, I pretty much take it for granted. I'm usually on my way to or from the swimming pool at Club Sienna, but, sadly, that is shut due to the Pandemic. I'm missing swimming as much as I miss travelling. On the plus side having nowhere to go is helping me appreciate what I do have.

First, I walked around the park's ponds and waterfalls. I suppose they are fairly artificial, but they are still pretty. There are several statues of birds here. Actually there are plenty of real birds here, too, but today they refused to play nice and pose. Maybe I will come back with my camera rather than my phone, that way I can take shots of the birds and the turtles that can always be found here.

Ponds.

Ponds.

Waterfalls.

Waterfalls.

Waterfalls.

Waterfalls.

Bird Statues.

Bird Statues.

Bird Statues.

Bird Statues.

Bird Statues.

Bird Statues.

Fountain with Bouganvilia.

Fountain with Bouganvilia.

Bouganvilia.

Bouganvilia.

Ponds.

Ponds.

Ponds.

Ponds.

Ponds.

Ponds.

After that I walked past the community garden. This is a sort of allotment. Not many people have gardens here and someone came up with the idea of letting people grow their own vegetables in a community garden. While allotments are pretty normal in the UK, they are quite unusual here. This year the tomato plants seem to be doing rather well. Glad something is.

Community Garden.

Community Garden.

Community Garden.

Community Garden.

Community Garden.

Community Garden.

Sienna Park is always filled with beautiful flowers. Bouganvilia is thriving at the moment, but there are lots of other plants, too.

Branches.

Branches.

Branches.

Branches.

Bamboo.

Bamboo.

Chinese Fan Palm Leaves.

Chinese Fan Palm Leaves.

Hawaiian ti plant Cordyline fruticosa.

Hawaiian ti plant Cordyline fruticosa.

Leaves.

Leaves.

Chinese Ixora Flowers.

Chinese Ixora Flowers.

Alpinia Nutans Flowers.

Alpinia Nutans Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Macaranga tanarius Flowers.

Macaranga tanarius Flowers.

Bouganvilia.

Bouganvilia.

Bouganvilia.

Bouganvilia.

Bouganvilia.

Bouganvilia.

Bouganvilia.

Bouganvilia.

Next I took a walk along the massage path for the benefit of my feet and headed down to the sea. It's Easter Sunday. The sun is shining, skies are blue. I looked out towards Hong Kong Island in the distance. I normally travel there for work, but recently have been mainly working from home. I took a look at the coconut palms at the end of the empty swimming pool. Then looked further along the path towards our hotel. At one point I used to feel like I'd reached safety and escaped the virus when I came home here from work. That all changed after a wedding in that chapel building with the sloping roof which is on the hotel's ground. A wedding in the chapel led to a coronavirus outbreak here when one of the guests had the virus and passed it to many of the others who then passed it to their partners and children who weren't even at the wedding. I think thirteen people got ill from this one event, including the groom. Since then several more people have come down with coronavirus here from different sources.

Massage Path.

Massage Path.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.

Hong Kong Island in the distance.

Hong Kong Island in the distance.

Hong Kong Island in the distance.

Hong Kong Island in the distance.

Coconut Palms.

Coconut Palms.

Coconut Palms.

Coconut Palms.

The sloping chapel roof where the ill-fated wedding took place.

The sloping chapel roof where the ill-fated wedding took place.

I doubled back into the park where I noticed a different kind of palm tree. Then cut back onto the road where I walked past some very beautiful hibiscus plants. Finally, I reached one of the many closed down play areas which are dotted around here and a poster about the virus lest we forget all about it.

Palm trees in the park.

Palm trees in the park.

Palm trees in the park.

Palm trees in the park.

Leaves.

Leaves.

Leaves.

Leaves.

Garden Croton.

Garden Croton.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Playgrounds are eerie without children.

Playgrounds are eerie without children.

Virus Poster.

Virus Poster.

Posted by irenevt 00:41 Archived in Hong Kong

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Thanks for your comments on my blogs. Your photos are a delight on this Easter Sunday, when in Lockdown. In the past 3 weeks i"ve been out three times to the local supermarket. The rules of Lockdown are to keep at least 2 metres from anybody else. The supermarket is small ,marked out in 2 metres areas and at the cashout is now a glass screen.Payment is encouraged by card and not cash. I"m lucky that there is a butchers next to supermarket. The only other to be allowed to open are bakery and chemists, all other closed down. Thanks again STAY SAFE.

by alectrevor

Hi Alec, Here too lots of things are closed. Supermarkets are open. People still queue up close together, but almost everyone is wearing a mask. Some restaurants are still open but they come with huge amounts of rules. Life is definitely not normal. I wanted in this blog to show the world is still there even if we are encouraged not to interact with it. Stay safe, let's hope normality returns soon.

by irenevt

Thanks for allowing us to take a walk with you, Irene! Discoveries never end...

by Vic_IV

Really enjoyed joining you on your morning walk! Beautiful. Take care. Katie

by katieshevlin62

Hi Victor and Katie, thank you for visiting. Hope you are both safe and well. All the best.Irene

by irenevt

I enjoyed your photos of your morning walk. I have not been out of the house since March 16th. Bob has made face masks and he gets out every day unless it is raining or very cold. He's working in the yard, finishing the siding on the summer kitchen or going to the dump, post office, hardware store or the grocery store.

by greatgrandmaR

Hi Rosalie, I go out maybe 3 or 4 times a week to shop or walk. My husband only usually goes out around once maybe twice a week. I don't wear a mask on my walks as it's not crowded here, but I wear one in the supermarket and on public transport. Nearly everyone wears masks here. Thank you for visiting. Stay safe.

by irenevt

Such a good idea to document these extraordinary times in your blog. You are fortunate to live near such a lovely park and within reach of the sea :) Let's hope for better times and explorations further from home some day soon!

by ToonSarah

Hi Sarah, yes we are fortunate with our surroundings. Our flat though is quite small with no garden or balcony so it would be a bit claustrophobic without open areas around us. Most people in Hong Kong have small flats with no garden or balcony and then busy streets all around them. Here we've all been trying to stay home as much as possible since the beginning of February. It's been rather a long time. Numbers of infections here are decreasing for a second time but experts are telling us to prepare for a third wave!!!! Stay safe.

by irenevt

What a beautiful park. You are very fortunate. We're lucky because we have a nice yard and our neighborhood has lots of green areas. We go out for a nice long walk every morning before normal people get up. Your photos are lovely.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, starting to appreciate what I've got a bit more and looking at it more closely now I'm photographing it. Thank you for visiting. Stay safe

by irenevt

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