Signs of Spring ~ End of January 2018

At the last two days of January the sun was out. Although it was bitterly cold and windy,  I had a quick walk in the nearby park in the morning and again at lunch time,  and also had a look around the garden. The daffodils and crocus are in buds, the tulips are pushing through, and my only snowdrop is in flower! Feeling the warmth in the sunshine,  Spring is underway…

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Park in the morning
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park at lunch time

 

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Tulips

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I am glad I did the walk, today is back to gloomy and bleak. It has been raining the whole day.

 

Weathered

I would like to share two photos that went viral on Monday in Chinese social media.

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The photo shows one eight years old boy’s  dirty and swollen hands on his school exam paper, he got 99/100. He lives in a poor, remote rural village in China with his sister and his grandma. His father is a migrant worker who works in  a big city.  The boy walks 4.5 km to get to school from his home. It takes him about more than one hour.

This week Weekly Photo  Challenge is  Weathered. I am thinking of this image.

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His hair and eyebrows were covered with frost after the long walk to school in freezing temperature. The  day the photo was taken the temperature  was -9  degree Celsius.

That’s determination!

Happy Christmas 2017!

Went to Amsterdam for a long weekend at the start of the December. The city was looking festive with Christmas light and decoration. Amsterdam Light Festival was taking place.  In every evening we wandered around the city.  Went on Water Colours  Cruise in one night, it was an amazing experience.

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Back to the UK , for the community group Christmas social, I brought a roast duck and spring rolls. Found a very easy and  convenient way this year to dry the duck but didn’t get chance to take photos after it was roasted as we were late.

On Christmas Day, had roast beef.

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Wishing all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Peaceful New Year!

Snow, snow…

Haven’t seen snow for a long time, probably more than two years. So when I opened the curtain on Sunday morning (10 Dec) , saw the snow falling and the ground was covered in a thick blanket of white, became very excited.

Took some photos on the way to the church. It was still early, the snow wasn’t disturbed. My hand holding an umbrella was frozen.

Several children were playing snow in the street.  We started to sweep snow on our driveway and the street as soon as it stopped,  also helped our old neighbour.

Managed to drive to work on next day, all of colleagues were in the office except the manager!

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Photo: Glow

Last week WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge had the theme of Glow Had read some posts, they are beautiful!

After  two windy days,  the sun finally came out. I went for a walk in the nearby park in the late afternoon with my camera. The time was about the Golden Hour. The light was glowing, I took some photos with my phone, when I switched on my camera, it showed no memory card!

After  back home to get it, met an old lady, she was going to walk her dog. We talked as we were walking, I didn’t take any photos with my camera! But we had a lovely chat.

Two photos from my phone, I think they match the theme very well.

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn is on the 15th of 8th month according to Chinese lunar calendar.  It is also known as Moon Festival as at that time the moon is full and brightest.  This year it falled on 4th of October. 
One of my friends gave me a piece of moon cake, a special food for the festival. 

I took some moon photos in the garden, a park and the Embankment last couple days. The weather was not bad, clear sky with shinning stars and clouds, but chilly.