Wild Hong Kong Summers
I was talking to a friend recently and he was amazed that we would be spending so much time working on our farm right now, mid-July with searing heat and dripping humidity. “But Hong Kong is really wild right now!” he said. “The other day, I accidentally walked through a web and got chased by the spider!”
And we cannot doubt him! 🙂 At some point around the start of July, Hong Kong gets really wild. Grass that was knee height a week before, is suddenly head height. Wasps nests may appear overhead on exposed beams and require carefully orchestrated hit and runs. Cockroaches, beetles, cicadas, spiders and most importantly snakes – as these can truly cause some mischief – are suddenly all around causing high-pitched screams and panic long-jumps – while casually trying to look like you did all that on purpose!
Marnick, for such a big guy, can run like a cat when he needs to! But I don’t blame him when coming across the biggest bamboo pit viper we’ve ever seen! (featured pic was really the snake he saw…)
However, we wouldn’t have it any other way. For about a year now our team has been looking for our own land on which to start our own farm project. Located on Peng Chau Island – a 30-minute ferry ride from Central – we have at last found a place to call home. Surrounded by sea and hills, it really is home.
Perhaps now is not the best time to be spending long days in the relentless heat, but by working on our farm most days we are coming to know it bit by bit. We are starting to see the lay of the land, the direction of the sun as it moves across the sky, and we’ve even found the perfect spot for a rest which catches the breeze off the sea and helps us cool down. 🙂
We intend to take things slowly and let our farm evolve at her own pace. But even the smallest changes are rewarding.
Very soon we hope to start involving volunteers to come and share the pain and pleasure with us! It’s still very early days with a lot to learn – but we cannot imagine anything more exciting that developing Peng Chau’s first permaculture farm. You are very welcome to be part of this journey 🙂 Please send us an email if you would like to volunteer at our farm and we will very happily keep you updated with opportunities.