..... and little time for anything else at the moment. Working in the hotel is very convenient and removes the stress of commuting, but you don't get to see very much as a consequence. Having only one day off at the weekend, I was grateful for a chance to rest and didn't feel like venturing out anywhere. This week and next will be the same routine ..... although I will have to move hotel for my final two days in Dublin at the end of next week.
...... has pervaded since my return to France and the temperatures have been in the low 20s each day, which has been very welcome. The water in the pool is still at 18c, although that's too cold to temp me in!
The oaks still have most of their leaves, but they will be dropping soon.
This acer is probably past its best now, but it's still a mass of colour, nonetheless.
Sadly, I have to leave again in the morning, as I have to make my way to Dublin where I will be working for the next three weeks. I'm looking forward to some time at home, which should follow my tour in Dublin.
...... where warm autumn sunshine was a very welcome greeting. It reached 22.5c this afternoon, despite some high cloud which moved in, and helped by a good breeze, it made short work of drying the first load of washing. As I've only a few days before the next spell of work, it will be a busy week.
Given the weather I was surprised the grass hadn't grown very much in my absence, so that's one job I won't need to worry about for now. I can concentrate on the pile of bills, instead!!
..... with work finished it's now just the final packing up and heading for the airport. The prospect of returning to European winter doesn't fill me with enthusiasm, but it will be good to at least be on the same continent as my other half, even if not in the same country!
Hopefully I'll have a enough time during my 4 days at home to get all the washing done and the paperwork prepared for my next stint of work which begins the following week in Dublin.
Au revoir Hong Kong.
..... in Hong Kong. The weather has changed dramatically over the last few days and today is has been wet for a lot of the day. Maximum temperature was only about 18c or 19c, which feels quite chilly after what it has been like. To add to the wintery feel, the buildings are all festooned with Christmas decorations now, and in the bottom right of the shot, though not really visible, a large temporary ice rink is in construction for the festive period.
Just three days left for this tour now ..... the long journey home begins on Saturday evening, straight after work.
...... which I was good and ready for after a taxing week!
I took another trip to Sham Shui Po and picked up a few shots to add to this collage of iconic Hong Kong images.
The very old banyan trees sprout from pavements and squares which have been built around them ..... they are all numbered and protected.
Much is still moved around by hand, even in the busiest parts of the city.
The city's emblem is taken from the Hong Kong Orchid Tree (although it's not any kind of orchid, it's a member of the pea family). They are found all over the city, and there's always a few flowers around, even out of season.
If you'd like to see a higher definition version of the collage you can click here.
..... so far in the new location. It's quite a journey from the new hotel to the place of work which adds extra time at both ends of the day, and the work hasn't be easy going these first two days. I'm stuck here for these last two weeks of the tour, so I'm hoping it's going to improve!
I've spent some time adding some new driver links and doing some refinements to the CF3102 page of the website this evening. I was prompted into this because my other half has a new PC running Windows 7 64bit and since he's currently the main user of the 3102, there was a need for some suitable drivers. There's no official Windows 7 driver from Minolta, which is not surprising given the age of the machine, but the existing Vista driver seems to do the job without any problems so far.
Have you sampled any of the live recordings of choral music featured on the Moments Musicaux page of the website?
Or there's a Christmas Carol selection available here.
Michel - just an ordinary guy, I guess. A musician by trade and into 'techy' things as 'relaxation'. Originally from the UK, but resident in France for 13 years.
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