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Short Chinese New Year's eve walk around Garden City

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Mountain palm
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Weiwei peek-a-boo
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Edible Canna (Canna edulis)?
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From the path at the base of the steep cliffs across from the community that runs along Lanxi.
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Trail flag
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Old homestead ruins.
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Gardening in the ruins
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Bamboo charcoal water. What is this used for?
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Doorways to the jungle
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Window of hand hewn stone building
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Weiwei smelling the forest
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Studying the bamboo
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cliffs above the Lanxi stream
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Fields still being cultivated
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Philip studying me studying the bamboo
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trail to Xiaocukeng 小粗坑
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Butterfly catching some solar energy
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townhouses from across the valley
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pangolin activity
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Black Bulbul 紅嘴黑鵯 (hóng zuǐ hēi bēi) Hypsipetes madagascariensis
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Tammy coming out of the forest next to the river
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Found some old bottles just off the trail
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Dan checking out the old bottles.
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Tammy and dogs
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Tammy and dogs
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Dan sporting new glasses
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The Lanxi river
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Spider wrapping a leaf
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Weiwei enjoying the stream
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His happiest times are here in this stream

Community Garden

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Dan took apart a tatami so that the straw could be used in the garden.
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Philip starts work on the stairs in the garden
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Building material for the stairs.
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Patricia and Kathrin join in the stair project
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Sudden mushrooming following the long rain
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Mulching begins again with rice straw from the tatami
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A rare sunny day and lots to catch up on in the garden
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Mulching again in earnest while we have some sun
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The nasturtium have survived with our mini-raised bed strategy
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Amazing the lettuces and broccoli survived the long, cold rains
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Strawberries, planted high, and letucces made it through the cold rains.

Visit to the Garden and more work on rebuilding the bamboos stairs with discarded brick rubble.

Tammy's birthday BBQ down by the Lanxi stream 蘭溪

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a brithday feast
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Patricia brings family
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abandoned riverside house
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potatoes in the fire

Home meals

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Chana masala with tomato, roasted capsicum, cilantro salsa and sauteed zuccini and onions becomes "dip" for the cheese-covered tortilla chips.

orange oakleaf 枯葉蝶 Kallima inachis fomosana

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orange oakleaf 枯葉蝶 (kū yè dié) Kallima inachis formosana

The orange oakleaf or dead leaf 枯葉蝶 (kū yè dié) 別名: 枯葉蝶, 木葉蝶, 樹葉蝶 Kallima inachis formosana with wings closed resembles a dry leaf with dark veins and is a spectacular and commonly cited example of camouflage. Wingspan ranges from 85 to 110 millimetres. The orange oakleaf is a powerful flier and usually flies in dense forests with good rainfall, amongst undergrowth and along stream beds. It is attracted to tree sap and over-ripe fruit, and is also known to mud-puddle. When in danger the orange oakleaf flies erratically, soon dropping down into the foliage and occupying a stationary pose with wings closed, so that the birds are very often quite unable to find them.

Afternoon Ride to BaoQing temple 保慶宮 in Wulai 烏來 with Bernard under chilly and windy overcast skies

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BaoQing temple 保慶宮 in Wulai 烏來
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BaoQing temple 保慶宮 in Wulai 烏來
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BaoQing temple 保慶宮 in Wulai 烏來
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40.9 km ride to BaoQing temple 保慶宮


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3 lettuces - 2-4 seeds per bullet
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phone charger
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molding wall, 2nd floor bedroom
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molding wall, 2nd floor bedroom
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molding wall, 1st floor
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home office
Keywords: bike, bird, building, butterfly, dog, garden, hike, home, map, plant, project, sign, stream, temple, video
People: Bernard, Dan, Jacques-Yves, Patricia, Philip, Tammy, Tanya, Tsi
Locations: Garden City, 花園新城, Garden City Garden, 新城花園, Home, 家, Wulai, 烏來
Dates: 2016:02:07 - 2016:03:01