22.1.12

Hong Kong Wetland Park 香港濕地公園

2 Jan 2012

New year started with the nature, a tour at Hong Kong Wetland Park 香港濕地公園, observing birds spending their winter in warm Hong Kong.  It was arranged by a group under Shatin Baptist Church.  Wetland is a the place where the sea meets the land.  Typical characteristic is mangrove proliferation.  It is also a place as birds' paradise, an ecosystem that can be watched and extended.  Extension links to mankind's treatment to the nature.  Hope it will stay.

The trip started with happy birthday, to Nelson.  A nice yummy cake added us energy to be burnt during the trip.  Well, not all can be consumed, but accumulated as fat.....

A guardian of the park gave us a briefing and advised the itinerary of the day.  Barren houses are seen on the way.  Soon came tranquil and natural scenery.  Flowing river, flying birds, sitting birds, big and small.  All can be named, by the guardian.  We could see the birds through a telescope.  Sharp eyesight of birds, feathers in layer,  brown, white, grey. Single, a few or huge groups of birds could all be in view.


















We were led on a floating bridge.  It has no hook nor nail but can float.  We passed through the border.  Wired fence is high up to prevent illegal immigrants.  Then we reached a birdview house.  Thousands of birds gathered at the wetland.  Some birds sitting alone high, remained elegant, seemed to show off.  One was a blue kingfisher.  Gorgeous!


Birds coming back to rest.  We slowly left the wetland, going back to the noisy world, resting for a night and living on another hectic day.  It goes round and round, never ending till one day.....

15.1.12

Spalt

24 July 2011

It's the next day that we arrived in Germany.  We first visited Grandma in the hospital.  She was happy to see me.  Her operation made her suffer much.  She was so tired to fall in sleep in about a half hour since we were there.

My friend's parents live in Nűrnberg, part of Franconian.  We passed by Schwabach and a few villages then came to the Gasthof 'zum Heidenberg', a little traditional Franconian restaurant.  It has been standing there since 1624. It is famous for its game and meat. It raises its own boar. Many families come here for casual lunch, reunion and celebration.   Even I am not a person for big meat, I will recommend it.  See my dish!  It's good and huge.  The meat was tender and full of flavour.  The chanterelle, spätzle, vegetable together... A wonderful meal.

The drive to the gasthof and further away is small streets on the country side.  Blue sky, white clouds and little traffic.  We were heading to Spalt, a very old town (1200 years old) in the district of Roth.  It is famous for the hop, grown for making beer.  It's said that people in Spalt grow very old.  Thank you to its beer!

Weather became gloomy.  We came to a tower.  A woman greeted  and invited us to visit the tower.  It costs 1 per person. Staff at the greeting hall was very friendly, trying to tell tourists everything about the history of the tower. 

Each floor has a themed display.  It's all about life in the old days.  The first is a barber shop.  Wash basin, permed hair model, perming hair machine, hair dressing chair and mirror.  The stuff is not so different as observed in the 70s.  Not sure how old they are. Next came a shoes shop.  Different tools, sewing machine and a specialised machine polishing the sole are show.  It looks so alike the modern machine.  Amazing!  When ascending to an upper floor, it shows a normal residence.  I was fascinated by the kitchen with an oven.  The sleeping room shows a typical family with a baby bed, double bed and a wardrobe.  Wow, it's a living museum!