Last days in Bali….

Late afternoons are always a good time for a walk along the beach pathway at sanur…. though anytime can be interesting.

The month of August is known as the windy month and huge kites that sing (not often in tune) fly high in the sky.

Getting organised….

I always wonder what might be behind these doors.

Gunung Agung in the distance 

Some clouds brewing on the horizon.

A rough hewn doorway…

The indonesian flag spread in the wind. 

A fabulous fan….

And to finish with a beautiful orchid spray. My heart is full 😊

A Rare sight….

Last night i stumbled upon a rare, and i suspect unusual sight. At first i thought i was seeing things….i was sitting in my room upstairs in my hotel…the door was open and in strolled a porcipine. It was very friendly and curious. Turns out that the people who own my small hotel had found it at a local market cooped up in a smallcage.  So they bought it and brought it home. And now it is a pet….

A happy ending 😊

Weekly photo challenge- rare

Hari Merdekaan dan Hari Bulan Pernama (Independence day and full moon)

A very special convergence….celebrating independence under the full moon.A holiday after the flag ceremony and a special ceremony for some in Bali.

This temple is tucked away deep in a valley high in the mountains surrounded by forest….

Underneath the umbrella of an old and wise tree

We walked around the side ofthe mountain from the temple along a steep narrow track.

The views were spectacular, the smells of the surrounding forest rich and fresh.

Back at the temple the ceremony continues…

Thank you to Pak Agus and his extended family for making me feel so welcome…

Its all happening in the sawah….

Late afternoon is the best time to go for a wander mostly because it’s cooler but also the light is less harsh….the sawah is more than ready for harvesting ….the birds and insects are having a field day…..

The padi (rice plants) are ready for harvesting. 

The cutting is being done by hand..i only saw women doing this work.

A proud and happy farmer

The ripe rice kernels ready for threshing..

Hot dusty and noisy work.

Local children playing in the sawah…i saw many little birds, insects and lizards too fast to capture☺on film.

Close to the padi a new lot of seedlings are being cultivated. The scarecow there to distract the insistent forays of the birds.

The weekend in Singaraja Bali

Sunday is the weekend in Indonesia for most people…a day to sleep in, catch up with family, go on a picnic, clean up the house and maybe visit friends…..and sometimes catch up with work or school chores….Today we went sightseeing.

The beachfront at Lovina Bali….

My friends heading out to sea possibly to play. 🙂

Going fishing….

Ive got better things to do….we ate a delicious meal of barbecued fish at this restaurant by the sea.

Then home for a well deserved rest. 

A late walk in the afternoon with the kids

This sawah (rice paddy) will be harvested tomorrow.

This farmer will harvest it!

And finally a very pretty balinese cow (in indonesian sapi) 

A very full fun  day !!

Back to school….

Its always a bit of a shock to be back in school and this is a school i have been visiting and spending time at for some years. This time i have noticed a number of innovations and a few new garden sculptures.

An attractive handwashing basin set into the edge of the garden.

A colourful and useful waste disposal system.

Ganesh, a well respected hindu god has found a niche in one of the garden beds.

And on the wall a colourful reminder of how to be in the world.Translated its something like….smile, acknowledge others, be respectful, patient and kind.