Everywhere I go there are reminders it’s nearly New Year. Last week I was thinking I might be celebrating quietly, possibly alone. I wasn’t worried about that at all, being on my own never worries me. Was more concerned that the pool will be shut for 3 days and I would not get my daily swim. And now, well New Year Celebrations will be quite different from my Billy No Mates version. I won’t get to swim but I definitely won’t be alone. I will have my first experience of a very traditional CNY with my new family. Loneliness hasn’t really featured during this trip. HKers are a very friendly bunch, none moreso than the dynamic and crazy (she won’t mind me saying this) Robynne Nimmo.
Quite soon after my arrival, Robynne, who saw my posts on a FB site, took me under her wing, taking me on picnics and outings and trips that wouldn’t have been possible without her kindness and generosity. Linking me up with my Sai Kung landlady, sharing her home and family. Feeding me. Two fabulous boat trips, (thank you Pete), thoughtful Christmas treats, bargain hunting in Stanley, a theatre buddy…..The list goes on. Life is never dull around this lady. It was she who invited me on a hike, I turned up in my scruffy gear, only to find we were test driving Bentleys. She is the queen of one liners and the Baden Powell of picnic preparation. Today we met to say Goodbye as she is heading back to Sydney for a few weeks. I’m going to miss this crazy lady.
We had a goodbye lunch at the Royal Yacht Club. The decorations are tasteful and beautiful, just like the Club itself. I got home to find the foyer of the hostel had been decorated too, in fact there’s hardly any public space that hasn’t been adorned. See if can work out which are the HK Yacht Club decorations and which are the hostel’s!