Early morning on Batu Karu

Yesterday morning early I went for a walk up into the Batu Karu forest. It had rained the evening before and everything smelled fresh image

and intense…. the sky a clear blue.

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I walked past an early morning grocery delivery….

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a couple of cows safely ensconced in a glade of banana and chocolate trees.

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Another cow enjoying an early morning snack…
Just passed here on the track some dogs began to bark at me…being somewhat nervous of wild dogs I began to call out hoping someone would come to my rescue…..An old lady magically appeared through a fence. She came right up to me. ” Mau makan? Mari” (rough translation want to eat?come with me)
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Well I did… she gently led me through to her very small and rough hut…offering me a seat on a small stool… the only stool. The dogs stood guard outside while ibu made me a kopi….
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Inside we were kept company by chickens and a cat. We talked of family. She offered me nasi….

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Eventually I said I needed to go. She gently walked me back out to the path and sent me on my way with a big smile.

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one last beautiful glimpse off to the horizon. I walked home with a huge smile in my heart…..Generosity and kindness were alive and well.

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