With four days to go before we are due to jet off to Korea’s answer to Hawaii, Jeju Island, Mrs. Ha has gone down with influenza. Also sprach Herr Doktor Mak. I drove her to the clinic this morning and she was feeling pretty grim. Temperature up and down, lacking energy, still worrying about making soup bless her. Dr. Mak thinks she will be fine in a few days. She is sleeping now and I hope some rest will aid her recovery.
The birding trip was abandoned for the day but I did manage another bunting. Each Winter a few Black-faced Buntings frequent the garden and this was the first time this season I have seen them. Here is one peering out of the gloom, wondering why on earth she had flown so far only to land on Hong Kong’s answer to the planet Skaro.
All around the green bits of the
colony Special Administrative Region of the PRC there are developers and politicians, corpulent of body and wallet, eyeing up the SSSIs, Conservation Areas and Green Belt, barking out Exterminate, exterminate……
Green was good, concrete is better might be the mantra. We are in an Orwellian world in HK as far as planning is concerned. This is a splendid albeit depressing piece of analysis. I attended a TPB meeting once and felt I had entered another universe. Kafka would have felt quite at home. There are of course heroic efforts going on to prevent the destruction. If they are successful I shall be the first to throw my chapeau in the air and maybe even eat it when it descends. I am not optimistic. Even in the face of obloquy their cupidity knows no limits. “Progress” is ineluctable.
I always like to look on the bright side however. And I am convinced that our corner of Sai Kung will remain forever green. That means that all the birds in or transiting Hong Kong, with or without a visa, will have to pass through or retreat to our garden. My current list of 68 species will rise rapidly and inexorably until there is standing room only, Herons at the back, buntings at the front please and queue in an orderly manner for take off and landing clearance. The case for building HK’s new runway in our garden is watertight. All it needs is an occasional mow and strim and it will be bird-perfect. No planning permission required. Now doesn’t that make sense?