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I restarted doing Zoom lessons on Tuesday and while they don't take all day, I had planning and marking to do as well so I did not go out at all on Tuesday or Wednesday. I noticed by Wednesday night that I was feeling even more unfit than I have been recently. My normal exercise is swimming; thanks to coronavirus more recently it's been beer and wine drinking!!!! I'm very out of condition. So today after my lesson I decided to go out for a walk.

Unfortunately, by the time I had finished the lesson it was after one o'clock and already very very hot. I had intended to climb to the top of a hill for views. I did not quite make it to the top, but at least, I came pretty close. I took my photos. I could feel my skin burning despite putting on factor 30 sun screen. I stupidly had not brought any water. The walk up the hill involves climbing hundreds of very uneven stairs. It's not easy to get up and it's necessary to come down carefully as well so you don't trip.

Uneven steps.

Uneven steps.

More uneven steps.

More uneven steps.

And more steps.

And more steps.

And more steps.

And more steps.

I took pictures of some ferns next to the path which gave me a good excuse to stop for a rest, while pretending I was doing something. Haha!

Ferns.

Ferns.

Ferns.

Ferns.

I'm pretty sure I was close to the top when I decided I had had enough and that I was way too hot. I had taken views on the way up and they were pretty enough anyway so I decided just to come back down.

Lower Level Views.

Lower Level Views.

Lower Level Views.

Lower Level Views.

Lower Level Views.

Lower Level Views.

Getting higher.

Getting higher.

Getting higher.

Getting higher.

Getting higher.

Getting higher.

Getting higher.

Getting higher.

Going up.

Going up.

This is the top for me.

This is the top for me.

This is the top for me.

This is the top for me.

This is the top for me.

This is the top for me.

Views.

Views.

Views on the way back.

Views on the way back.

When I got back down, breathless and exhausted, I saw two people and a dog waiting for me to get down so they could go up. I staggered past them and turned round to see them start to jog effortlessly up the hill. They were probably at the top in five minutes!!!! Oh well, not to worry at least I got some exercise. Still found the energy to take some flower pictures on my way home.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Impatiens walleriana or Busy Lizzie.

Impatiens walleriana or Busy Lizzie.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

It's our day for meeting up with a friend and going out for dinner. This week is her birthday week so our turn to pay.

Arriving at the restaurant we should have a mask on, then we are temperature checked, given hand gel and have to sign a health declaration saying we have not left Hong Kong in the last two weeks and we feel well. There's a big tower of chairs behind us because tables and chairs can no longer be too close together and this means there are lots of extra ones with nowhere to go.

Peter and birthday girl.

Peter and birthday girl.

Birthday girl.

Birthday girl.

Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday.

Peter with the chair tower.

Peter with the chair tower.

Me with the chair tower.

Me with the chair tower.

After a very pleasant meal I took Peter to the bus. He has eyesight problems and can't see well at night, but I did not get on the bus. I walked home along the beach. The reverse of my walk to the shops. The beach is beautiful at night and very peaceful.

Beach by night.

Beach by night.

Beach by night.

Beach by night.

Beach by night.

Beach by night.

Beach by night.

Beach by night.

Posted by irenevt 05:49 Archived in Hong Kong

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Hello, Irene! Thanks for another wonderful story! Next time please take some water with you for your uphill hike...Keep well!

by Vic_IV

Hi Vic, Good advice. I will remember the water next time. Did not realize how hot it was. We are at that changeover time as summer approaches. One day cool, next day roasting hot, then cool again.

Thank you for visiting. All the best.

Irene

by irenevt

I admire you for tackling that hill in 30 degrees heat :) And I had to laugh when I read that, 'I took pictures of some ferns next to the path which gave me a good excuse to stop for a rest, while pretending I was doing something.' I do exactly that sort of thing but somehow Chris always finds me out

So do you have to wear a mask on arrival at the restaurant but not at the table? It would be impossible to keep it on while eating and drinking!

by ToonSarah

Hi Sarah. Yes you take it off at the table. I carry a ziplock plastic bag to put my mask in while I am eating. Actually I hate wearing a mask but you need to here. It's expected of you. I only wear one on public transport, in shops and now to get into restaurants.

by irenevt

I use the taking pictures excuse to get a brief rest all the time. Glad to hear you don't have to wear the mask while eating. That would be a real challenge . . . ;)

by Beausoleil

Haha seems to be a common excuse. Yes guess the mask could pretty much ruin your meal. Thank you for visiting.

by irenevt

People don't really appreciate that going down is harder than going up. Yes I guess that you could not easily eat with a mask on. It would be even messier than usual for me.

by greatgrandmaR

Hi Rosalie, I find going down steps quite sore on my knees from time to time. On this walk the stairs were very uneven so it took a lot of concentration not to fall. Hope all good with you.

by irenevt

Beautiful, even if hard, walk :) I got laughs out of "photographing the ferns-rest" too :)

by hennaonthetrek

Pretty good excuse I thought. Haha.

by irenevt

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