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Tammy home quarantines back from trip to US

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coffee at home
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office quarantine
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the forest outside
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Covid antigen test
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hike to 仙跡岩 Xianjiyan near the office

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trailhead to 仙跡岩 Xianjiyan
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look out for snakes
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Psychotria rubra 九節木
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view of 景美 Jingmei
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姑婆芋 Alocasia odora
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含笑花 Michelia figo
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view of 景美 Jingmei
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青剛櫟 Quercus glauca
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coming back down the trail
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view of 景美橋 Jingmei bridge
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coming back down the trail
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coming back down the trail

Recycle scooter in Ankeng and walk home

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office home
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Bitan bridge
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work under Bitan bridge

around the neigborhood

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Weiwei coming across the water
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details of Road 7 water works
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garden harvest
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slapping down a parking lot
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a fork in the road
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pigeon pea harvest
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weed shredder
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disinfector below 消毒軍
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Rd 7 construction
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Rd 7 construction
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Rd 7 construction
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dog walk

Guangxing garden 廣興園地

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new 真味 site
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Silk tree 合歡 (hé huān) Albizia julibrissin flowering
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flowering Angelica acutiloba 山當歸 (shān dāng guī)
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fruiting Cape gooseberry 燈籠果 (dēng lóng guǒ) Physalis peruviana
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flowering Nasturtium 金蓮花 (jīn lián huā) Tropaeolum
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turmeric 薑黃 (jiāng huáng) Curcuma longa shoot
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carbonized bee hives
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banana fruiting

at Home

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has the flood receded?
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Romaine lettuce
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dill seeding
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perilla (shiso)
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Nopal cactus getting established.
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Jewels of Opar 假人篸 (jiǎ rén cǎn), 土人參 (tǔ rénshēn) Talinum paniculatum
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northeast side microclimate supports growth for tender or shade tolerant plants
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Walk above Zhengda with Dan

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Jingmei River 景美溪
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Paper mulberry 構樹 (gòu shù) Broussonetia papyrifera fruit

Around the house during Tammy's quarantine

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tomato-based noodle soup (chopped tomato, added to fragrantly fried ginger, garlic, turmeric, a small minced habanero, culantro and salt) with button mushrooms and lettuce greens
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Repair overflowing washing machine

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Whirlpool LSR6132E
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water pressure sensor in Load Size controller
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air tube disconnected from pressure sensor

A chunk of cement falls out of the upstairs ceiling revealing rusty rebar

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out of the ceiling
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upstairs hallway
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the crash woke Tammy
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Rainy walk down to Lanxi stream on Tammy's first morning out of quarantine

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Looking upstream at the creek ravine
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Stuff that the storm drains have flushed out, including lots of detergents
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Philip clearing the balls and bottles for rehoming and recycling
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Our local creek-side ruins
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Message on the second floor of the building ruins
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Dog and local mudworks
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In the subtropical jungle garden mints, oregano, taros and gingers; and native edible weeds: 飛機菜, 龍葵, 山萵苣, 紫被草, 川七, 昭和草, 咸豐草等 thrive

at Home

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two bald cypress sprouts coming up with a Taiwan maple
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Walk from Shenkeng 深坑 to Caonan 草湳

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Shenkeng 深坑
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peanut ice cream wraps
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Arouyang 阿柔洋
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view of Taipei
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off the ridge trail
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a history of wall
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Caonan Bridge 草湳橋
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 looking to Taipei

About Xindian

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gathering polished stones in the river (video)
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finished turmeric powder
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Xindian 新店 Tzu Chi 慈濟 recycling station

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Xindian 新店 Tzu Chi 慈濟 recycling station
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thermoses, coffee makers and scales
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irons, hair dryers and doodads
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chairs, industrial sewing machines

The Buddhist Tzu Chi 慈濟 Foundation operates thousands of recycling stations across the island employing tens of thousands of senior volunteers receiving mountains of refuse to be recycled daily. It is easy to imagine that Disposers are relieved to karmically release there Unwanted to the care of Less Fortunate. Cycling into the sprawling facility, volunteers were quick to point me in the direction to dispose of my iron steed, likely not expecting this visitor to be among the minority coming by to shop through the refuse of others.

Inside the enclave of sheds, some volunteers sat in circles, clustered around categories of material, perhaps piles of paper, heaps of consumer electronics or mounds of unloved clothing, joyfully talking among themselves. A volunteer from a group clipping the power cords off of electric appliances pointed in the direction to browse discarded tools. In addition to being an activity center for elders, the facility generates income as a store selling recovered goods and material. One shelter displayed recovered clothes and kitchen appliances to be sold. The variety of and special qualities of different items thrown out must challenge the volunteers to make sense of them.

There are also large quantities of new material which may be factory extras, expired product or defective manufacturing. High quality lighting units, possibly from vehicle manufacturing suppliers, not commercially packed, spilled out of split open new boxes on pallets, holding thousands of the products that perhaps a factory was relieved to unload, converting Disposal to Donation. There were palettes of what looked to be near finished e-scooter batteries - perhaps expired, order canceled or defective, seemingly fresh out of the factory, being dismantled with kitchen scissors. It seemed unlikely that much of the material will find application close to its intended fabrication, remembering the happy volunteers chatting and snipping the power cords off of appliances in their best effort to separate materials to protect the environment. Clearly there is a lot of good here. Hopefully this great initial effort has not hidden the need to reduce the waste of consumption and marked the issue as fixed.

around the house

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Plantago major 車前草

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Plantago major 車前草
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Fushan bike ride with Ziggy

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stream above Tranan
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stream below Wuzhong waterfall 五重溪瀑布
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on the way back from Fushan
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Nanshi stream 南勢溪
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Nanshi stream 南勢溪
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Nanshi stream 南勢溪
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Wulai Waterfall
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Fushan visit (video)
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Blue Java 爪哇藍蕉 (zhǎowā lán jiāo) Musa acuminata × balbisiana
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Keywords: animal, bike, bridge, building, canyon, dog, flower, food, fruit, garden, insect, plant, repair, restaurant, river, road, sign, stream, stuff, trail, tree, video, water, waterfall
People: Dan, Philip
Locations: Garden City, 花園新城, Pristine, 精粹
Dates: 2022:05:04 - 2022:05:31