From one day to the next, the weather has suddenly turned slightly chilly. I suspected something was about to happen when this lady appeared on the streets a few weeks ago. She is making winter bed quilts by hand from what looks like wool or silk. I haven’t learned the words for either of these yet so haven’t been able to ask her.
I’m terrified about what’s in store: I’m not sure if there is a tad of exaggeration in their stories, but people here swear that in the depths of winter it is often colder inside Shanghai houses than outside! Not only is the climate very humid during winter, the housing also lacks any insulation due to some government decision to not make it’s installation mandatory in this part of the country. We will just have to wait and see.
Warm roasted sweet potatoes- which are often cooked in large oil tins – have also started to appear on street stalls
And then there are paper bags full of warm roasted chestnuts that the kids enjoy munching on their way back from dance lessons:
My daughter decided that she’d like to take some ballet lessons (principally to be with 2 of her class mates from school). My son loved the class too. Unfortunately this class is for 5yr olds only so he has taken up taekwondo for younger folk instead. Actually I thought I’d signed him up for kungfu….but the message was lost in translation I suppose! However apparently taekwondo is actually a more suitable sport for younger martial artists. I’m not sure about this now as one of his teachers mentioned today that he appeared to be practicing his ‘moves’ uninvited on some of the other students.
‘Shanglows’: …. equally!
‘Shangunusuals’: This (left) is a typical scene from out the front of any hospital: a number of stalls selling ‘stuff’ (that’s ‘dong xi’ in Mandarin). Speaking of which, I met with the knee specialist from HongKong last week-end and it looks like I’m going to try some physiotherapy and see if that helps with this pesky knee pain …… although the specialist seemed to be intimating that it is not uncommon to start having problems with one’s joints at my advanced age.