Trees of Hong Kong and Southern China

To help me identify the trees of Wan Chai a little better, I decided to attend the talk by Sally Grace Bunker and Richard Saunders at the Royal Geographical Society.

They were introducing their book which was a culmination of almost eight years of work by Sally. She’s a trained but largely self taught botanical artist, who depicts the full loveliness of the tree and it’s various functional parts. It reminds me very much of the work by William Farquhar (who drew a tree very much loved by me).

Some scenes:

Autographing the books
Full house
A glass of wine before the talk

It was a good session, full house with rapt attention and lots of questions. Both speakers gave a very personal and passionate speech about their involvement in the project and in their own areas of interest. The slides they presented were insightful and highlighted the work that had yet to be done.

My only issue with the book is it’s size. It’s a huge heavy hard copy that is good for the library or the coffee table. But most of us don’t have the space to be keeping reference material. So one question that was posed to them was whether there would be a “travel version” of the book. Sally didn’t dismiss the idea…

They’ll be speaking at a few more events to promote their book so just google to see when the next event is.

大游行 and recent scenes

It’s impossible to live in Wan Chai and avoid or resist seeing and experiencing the energy of the latest civic movement.

Here are a few sights and sounds which show the more peaceful side than what’s often on the main pages of the news.

Taken last Sunday 16/06/2019

and it continues…

And suddenly it’s gone

Demolition is so discreet these days. None of those explosives, messy hauling trucks that remind you of a mine site.

Within a brief instance of a few weeks, a building that was an architectural icon for its time and stood for decades disappeared to make way for a shiny new one.

All that’s left is a whisper of a memory to what was there before. And an old blog post. I hope the new building connected to 28 Hennessy doesn’t disappoint.

Johnston Road Post Office Reopens in a swanky new location

Suddenly the post office on Johnston scratched off their logo and bagged up their post boxes. Up was a sign the size of an A3 with font size 14 print announcing the closure of the branch.

All the residents of Wanchai walking by stopped to take a look.

Where’s it gone?

According to the sign posted, it’s now up on the first floor in the brand new One Hennessy.

I’ve not been in it yet, but I’m guessing it won’t be quite as convenient to access.