Seasonal Almanac

Major cold: pheasant hens brood (1 of 5)

January 21st, 2009

Major cold 1 of 15This afternoon we spent some time in ‘Pacific Coffee Company’ – a chain coffee store in the shopping complex near my parents’ flat. As expected the coffee was pricey and not particularly good. But the place was quiet, had huge comfortable armchairs, and customers could stay as long as they like. It also had a dedicated area for students from the nearby universities to study. And this presented some great subjects for sketching.

The majority of people in the cafe were by themselves and looked very comfortable being alone. There was wireless interent and quite a few people had their laptops with them. The guy near us was watching a download of some tv series. A lot of people seemed to be studying. I am sure one guy was a lecturer reading a student’s thesis draft. Then there was a guy nearby who was taking the opportunity to do a bit of crocheting.

2 Responses to “Major cold: pheasant hens brood (1 of 5)”

  1. 1 Lucas in Austinmer
    January 22nd, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    it’s funny how “being alone” when you have a wireless connection is a completely different feeling to “being alone” when the internet goes down.

    will you have some time in hong kong to visit “nature”. i remember from my time there, the city is an incredibly “artificial” environment, and yet quite organic in its unplanned growth and (dis)organisation. on the other hand, the visits to nature that we were able to make all seemed quite tame and controlled, like we were part of a theme park…

  2. 2 jolaw
    January 23rd, 2009 at 12:43 am

    I guess being alone today can be quite a multimedia experience.

    And yes, the good old artificial nature… it’s funny how we expect urban cities to also be natural. One may be surprised to learn that 75% of land in HK is non-urban (mainly because these are very steep hills and can’t be built on). Although a lot of what they call ‘countryside’ has been made into managed ‘country parks’, there remains some geninuely, let’s say, uncontrollable areas (with certain hill ranges prone to regular bush fires in summer). Hikers periodically get lost on the hills and often needing rescue. But I don’t know whether this is saying something about the wilderness or the relationships the hikers have with good old nature.

    See Jan 22nd post for more on nature in HK.