Hot at the Bot
We had a very hot half-day at Kunming's Botanical Gardens today, courtesy of Jiajia's VIP status at the Bank of China, who invited us to attend a Children's Day activity there. It started with a treasure trail, followed by light refreshments. Then an hour's guided tour around the large greenhouses (the world's first greenhouse was built here in 200BC!). And finally, a craft activity, sticking and labelling botanical specimens. JD's was deemed good enough to be framed as a prize.
Jiajia, JD and I had a further explore of the park by ourselves for an hour before taking a taxi to a newly opened noodle bar for a late lunch, and then back home for a well-earned rest!
Carnivorous plants (pitcher plant, venus fly trap, sundew)
Zen there was another one
YongFeng Zen Temple is small, but quiet and colourful - a ten minute e-bike drive from my university. I spotted it on the map a few months ago and took the chance to find it and have a little explore during my lunch break last week. The only people I saw there were a few women having a chat while they ate snacks. No sign of any monks, though they may have been eating or napping. I've spotted another Temple not too far away too, which I'll try and take a look at next week sometime.
Moths of them are coming
Taking the pee
Cocoons so soon
Almost all of JD's fifty silkworms have now spun cocoons. The remainder still need feeding, but there are fewer munching mouths now (which means fewer sneaky raids of a nearby neighbourhood's mulberry tree for leaves!). Now we have to decide how to handle 50 moths!?
Well, after my favourite team Everton spent most of this season bumping along the bottom of the Premier League table, yesterday was a must-win game to secure us a place in the Premiership.
We were losing 2v0 at half time, but a stunning comeback in the second half resulted in a 3v2 win and a pitch invasion from the amazing fans! I'm so pleased. It's been a really nervy few months!
They arn't art
Hello, Mr Wing Mirror!
Brick in it
Freeze a jolly good fellow
We spent an afternoon/evening in the countryside earlier this week, to celebrate May Day with friends' of friends who live there.
The village had a huge funfair area set up with a variety of activities and stalls. JD and his friend Guo Dinger spent over two hours in a big adventure playground. I had a wander round and was intrigued by the ice-cream seller [top right] who used liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze squirty whipped cream! Surprisingly tasty.
We left the park at 6pm and headed for the friends' home where we shared a barbecue on their balcony overlooking the village. Then a 40-minute drive back home, with JD asleep on the back seat!
Surfs you right
The family of one of JD's friends invited us all to their new house in ChengGong - a University satellite town of Kunming - to celebrate May Day. We got a lift there by car (it's 20km away) and then JD had fun playing with his friends with pellet guns inside the apartment and fishing outside. They cooked up a nice meal and, fairly late, we returned home by subway - an hour-long trip costing 5RMB (50p).
Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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