One of the things I love about Lamma Island is the great view while dining. Virtually every restaurant has outside seating. And come to think of it, very few indoor seats. Now this drawing was done a while back while I had dim sum, read the paper and waited on the ferry to arrive. Which is another great thing about the outer islands: there is no need to hurry because you’re not going anywhere till the ferry arrives. When I drew this picture I was mainly interested in the three towers from the power plant. It’s these stacks that let you know exactly what island you are on. While I lived here before, the soot coming from the plant was fairly heavy. I remember having to wipe the laundry line down to clean it or my clothes would have a black stripe of soot across them. I also had to be sure to bring in the clothes as soon as they were dry or they would begin to gather soot on their own. Nowadays Lamma has a sight I never thought I would see in Hong Kong, and that’s windmills. I am thrilled that the SAR is investing in wind and solar and there are no plans to go nuclear. Japan’s recent accident has crushed any desire for that source of power.
But on another note: The weather is not great, but it’s holding up. Tomorrow I begin the mural painting. That’s why I had to substitute this drawing today. I spent most of the day trying to find a paint store that would mix colors to order. It never dawned on me when I took the job that I would be limited to stock oil based paint. I had a brief panic attack as I went from one store to another. But everything is good to go now. Come back tomorrow to see how the day went.