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I follow what's happening in the UK on the news and I'm beginning to feel Hong Kong and the UK are complete opposites as far as covid goes. We had a bad covid outbreak here before it became an issue in Europe. Our situation improved just as Europe's first covid wave broke out. Europe got a bit better in the summer, but summer here was very bad - we called it our third wave. We had to wear a mask every time we went inside a public building, and later also every time we went outside and this included whilst exercising. Also in the summer it was illegal to be in a group of more than two people and restaurants closed at 7pm. Gyms, swimming pools, beaches, cinemas, libraries, karaoke bars were all closed. Now life is a little bit more normal here, just as covid starts to get worse in the UK again. Schools have reopened here for half days, so I'm now teaching real kids rather than zooming them. We can be in a group of four in a public place. Restaurants open till latish and, glory be to God, swimming pools are open. Swimming is my main exercise and I am so so so fat after not being able to do it all summer.

Last week was a long weekend here due to National Day and Mid Autumn Festival. I ate out a couple of times, swam in our pool and, because I am missing it very much, took photos to put in my travel blog.

Let's start with our pool. Obviously it's not exactly our pool. It's a sports club we are members of that has beautiful indoor and outdoor pools as well as other facilities. I try to swim there as much as I can.

Pool at our sports club by day.

Pool at our sports club by day.

Pool at our sports club by day.

Pool at our sports club by day.

Pool at our sports club at night.

Pool at our sports club at night.

Pool at our sports club by night.

Pool at our sports club by night.

Pool by night.

Pool by night.

Pool by night.

Pool by night.

The other sports club pool.

The other sports club pool.

The other sports club pool.

The other sports club pool.

In the restaurant at the club.

In the restaurant at the club.

View from the restaurant at Club Sienna.

View from the restaurant at Club Sienna.

Enjoying a beer at Club Sienna.

Enjoying a beer at Club Sienna.

Singapore vermicelli noodles at Club Sienna.

Singapore vermicelli noodles at Club Sienna.

I only took my camera to the pool to take photos of the beautiful Mid- Autumn Festival lanterns which were on display there, but being me I forgot to photo them. I'll add a photo from previous years instead.

Mid-Autumn Lanterns. - Hong Kong

Mid-Autumn Lanterns. - Hong Kong

On my walk home I decided to take some photos of Hong Kong at night to make up for my earlier forgetfulness. These are photos in my local area rather than the famous Hong Kong skyline, but I feel the area I live in is very pretty when it is lit up in the evenings.

Looking out across the water.

Looking out across the water.

View over the North Plaza, Discovery Bay.

View over the North Plaza, Discovery Bay.

View over the North Plaza Discovery Bay.

View over the North Plaza Discovery Bay.

Night lights.

Night lights.

Night lights.

Night lights.

Secret Paths.

Secret Paths.

Secret Paths.

Secret Paths.

Illuminated plants.

Illuminated plants.

Illuminated plants.

Illuminated plants.

Typical Hong Kong night scenery on a residential estate.

Typical Hong Kong night scenery on a residential estate.

Typical Hong Kong night scenery on a residential estate.

Typical Hong Kong night scenery on a residential estate.

Typical Hong Kong night scenery on a residential estate.

Typical Hong Kong night scenery on a residential estate.

Typical Hong Kong night scenery on a residential estate.

Typical Hong Kong night scenery on a residential estate.

Looking over the main plaza.

Looking over the main plaza.

Unfortunately waiting for me in our buildings lift were all the reminders about wearing face masks. They are not coming down any time soon as experts here predict we will soon be on our fourth covid wave.

Facemask posters.

Facemask posters.

Facemask posters.

Facemask posters.

It's not just covid that is abnormal here at the moment. After an extremely hot nearly dry summer here which is unusual as summer is normally rainy season, we have finally reached a cooler autumn - our dry season and we've had so many severe rain storms :- amber, red and black, plus terrible thunder storms.

Lone cyclist battling through a red rain storm.

Lone cyclist battling through a red rain storm.

Sunrise from my window.

Sunrise from my window.

Sunrise from my window.

Sunrise from my window.

Posted by irenevt 03:27 Archived in Hong Kong

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Nice pictures Irene, the Covid landscape here is rather confused but basically it's gatherings of more than six people which are illegal, and with the pubs all shut down house parties are the main cause of transmissions, so police now have the powers to enter properties where there are identified 'raves'.... also nearly all the students have gone home rather than endure the two-week self isolation imposed if they are tested positive for the virus.

For me living in my small rural cottage none of these restrictions affect me as long as I remember to wear my face mask when on buses and in supermarkets.

I think it will take a miracle to banish this evil virus and I think miracles are going to be in short supply, at least in the near future.

by Bennytheball

I hadn't realised what a tough time you had of it during the summer, and as for the thought of a fourth wave ...!! As you know, things are tightening up again here but I think the government will be trying really hard not to lock down quite as tightly as they did in the spring, for the sake of the economy.

On a brighter note, your pool looks lovely - no wonder you missed it when it was closed! The pool at my gym is very ordinary in comparison but I'm glad to be back at my regular twice-weekly aqua-aerobics class :)

by ToonSarah

We are just about the same here as before. I still have not gotten back into the pool. You are so lucky to be able to swim. I've started taking zoom exercise classes which I hope will help. I had Mohs surgery on my lip in August. (invasive basal cell carcinoma) They used resorbable stitches so I wouldn't have to come back and have them out. I said if there was a scar, I would say I got it fencing. (joke)

I think my cleaning lady has had the virus - she lost her sense of smell about two months ago. She tests negative for the virus, but she has antibodies. Her husband has had it -got it from a co-worker. She is having trouble breathing and was in the hospital last weekend because she couldn't breathe- but she tests negative each time. (Can they all be wrong?)

by greatgrandmaR

Hi Benny, Yes the virus isn't going any time soon, but I still think it will go or become irrelevant to our lives. Hopefully.

by irenevt

Hi Sarah, summer was pretty dull. When they closed the pools I started swimming in the sea but then they closed the beaches. Outside was incredibly hot and unpleasant especially with a mask on. We spent most of summer tidying drawers and cupboards.

by irenevt

Hi Rosalie, having the pool reopen has been a saving grace. This virus seems to affect people quite differently. Maybe your cleaning lady has had it. My sister had it but luckily it was a mild case and she got better.

by irenevt

Great story with splendid pictures, Irene! Thanks for sharing.

by Vic_IV

Love the pool. --i live between two high risk areas, but the way things are going it won't be long before we join them.--- Thanks for posting Alec.

by alectrevor

Hi Vic thanks for visiting.

by irenevt

Hi Alec, I guess you just have to keep isolating. It will come to an end but it is certainly dragging. I still feel it will go some time.

by irenevt

Your blog is very interesting and I realised that Covid is just as nightmarish in Hong Kong than here but different time.
I a, glad you can go back to using swimming pool. I know what you mean but having put on weight during lockdown. Same here. As we were stuck living in the same place I starting cooking and baking because nothing else I could do and no hiking anywhere . My body paid the price.
As the moment we are still traveling in U.K. (Scotland right now) but there is talk of a countrywide circuit break which would only allow travel that are deemed necessary. If it happens we will have to bolt down again somewhere. I keep delaying my visit to my family in France. At the moment there is a curfew as well in France. Not the whole country but all the main city and where my family lives. In addition there is still the 2 weeks quarantine to do when you come back from France. But i a, so much better off than many people. As you wrote to me, at least U.K. is bigger than Hong Kong and it is nice to move around.
Take care
Anne aka Mad4travel

by MAd4travel

We are planning to leave HK this academic year. We would be leaving now if there was anywhere to go to that wasn't filled with covid. I feel for you not having a base. We are annoyed with ourselves for selling my dad's house just before this broke out it would have been somewhere to go. Hong Kong isn't that bad but there's a lot going on here nowadays.

by irenevt

Will you be heading in this direction Irene, or staying out east?

by ToonSarah

Hi Sarah, back to UK but not until covid situation gets a bit better. Not a good time to be house hunting and furniture hunting with no base to live in.

by irenevt

I can confirm it is not a good time to be without a base at the moment. Wow, big decision to come back to U.K. we still have to decide if/when we will stop being nomadic and get out house back.

by MAd4travel

Yes it's a big decision. Teaching during covid is not a lot of fun and Hong Kong is in a process of change. We'd always intended to retire to somewhere in Europe such as Austria but Brexit has put paid to that.

by irenevt

The serving of alcohol stops at 10PM, masks in public places, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited..Beside those the life is almost normal in here if you don't think about the possibility that you would need to be quarantined if you get ill. Libraries, swimming pools, shopping centers etc are all open after the first waves lock downs.
Of course I am not able to travel which made reading your blog and watching your photos more fun! Your neigbourhood is so different than mine :)
Hope things will be starting to get better there, good that you got "your" swimming pool back!

by hennaonthetrek

Hi Henna, thank you for visiting.

by irenevt

Hello again Irene....that picture of hubby with his glass of beer seems oblivious to all the inconveniences of the dreaded Covid and quite content with his lot!

From Monday onward in my "safety bubble" the Sturgeon (she who must be obeyed) has dictated that nobody will be allowed to travel outwith their geographical postcode area, exactly how this will be enforced is still unclear, but I'm going to miss feeding my pigeon friends in the Botanic Gardens, I'm sure they will miss me too.

One slightly worrying aspect of the disease is its possible detrimental effect on lungs and heart in years to come, so I've got six face masks just in case with another two in the disinfected wash!

by Bennytheball

Sorry to hear you won't be able to make it to the botanic gardens, Benny. Have you got a garden? You could set up a little bird feeder there and see what flies in. When we stay with our friends in Stirling,they seem to be feeding the local bird, squirrel and hedgehog population.

Hopefully the steps being taken in Scotland, the rest of the UK and Europe will help reduce the covid numbers and life will get a bit more normal again.

Here our numbers aren't bad at the moment but we still can't go anywhere. The travel industry is falling apart. Massive lay offs at Cathay Pacific, tour companies going bust. There's talk of some quarantine free travel bubbles being set up but they've been saying that for a long time.

All the best,

Irene

by irenevt

It's more of less the same situation here, each time I travel up to Glasgow for shopping from the top deck of the bus I can see five empty cruise liners tied up on the River Clyde at Govan, and passing the airport I can count numerous large passenger jets parked up on the runways, only freight aircraft are operational, it's an unprecedented and eerie sight.

At least I'm not cooped up in a high rise flat, I have a huge garden about half of which is filled by tall overgrown weeds and bushes which I leave intact for the many wild birds to shelter in during the winter, they also have their bird table and fatball / suet feeders, I'm also 'host' to three regular nocturnal visitors in the shape of one 'daddy' fox and more recently two young cub foxes, I feed them all with food scraps and tinned dog food to help them survive the cold cruel winter, The 'daddy' fox is the same one who appeared at my back porch seven years ago when he was a young cub and I was able to hand feed him and take pictures of him, but now he has grown up and realises he should by instinct be hunting for his own food, so he no longer comes up close to me and runs away when I appear. The reason I take care of the foxes as best I can is because they dig up and eat rats in the garden, I had an infestation of these a few years ago and don't want them getting into the house again.

This Covid business is quite worrying, I'm beginning to think my annual Morocco walkabout next year might be in jeopardy, Easyjet cancelled my flight in June this year, but hopefully there might be better news for next year.

by Bennytheball

I'm certainly hoping there's better news on the travel front next year as I'm really missing travelling, but who knows.

My dad used to feed a fox in his garden, not hand feed like you, but leave out leftovers and watch it eat them up. When we were staying at his house and came home late, we often encountered the fox.

by irenevt

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