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At the bottom of the world…..almost

The Catlins would have to be one of my favorite places……beautiful bush, amazing rugged coastlines, isolated, windswept and incredibly beautiful…..

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Porpoise bay….named after a small dolphin that frequents this bay sometimes known as hectors dolphin. We didn’t have the pleasure of seeing them this trip.

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The view from the front window of our bach overlooking the bay……

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Around the corner is Curio bay which is the remnants of a  very old petrefied rainforest…there are large beds of bull kelp and it is the home of the rare yellow eyed penguin. We were lucky to see them, but unfortunately it was too dark for photos.

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Fascinating and beautiful……..

One of my favourite places Lombok

Before my memories have paled into insignificance under the weight of my everyday life back in oz I have still some adventures and beauty to share. This one is about west lombok in and around Mataram and Mangsit.

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This is Mangsit beach….the volcano is gunung agung on the east side of bali. The sunsets are always different, sometimes spectacular and always a meditation. Its quiet and peaceful and the locals friendly and hospitable.

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Yes these cidomos (c is pronounced ch) are a regular form of transport in  and around ampenan and mataram. They are particularly busy around the main market. Another form of transport , the bemo is a common sight…its an openbacked van which is happy to transport most things

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And on one of my journeys I traveled with a pan of fish, a large bundle of coconuts and had an interesting conversation with the owner of this hat which he had plaited out of coconut fronds..it was magnificent and extremely useful as this person was a fisherman.

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A beautiful park to the west of mataram called narmada. Its famous for its fresh spring water and the fact that it used to be the rajah’s home. Its very beautiful and has numerous pools and places  to hangout under the trees and picnic.

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My friends and I had a wonderful picnic under a large tree overlooking one of the lakes and right next to a warung  which sold lontong (rice steamed/ cooked in coconut leaves) and delicious spicey chicken and beef sates with an even more delicious  spicey peanut sauce. Not only did we have that for lunch,  but we also had brought along some nasi bungkis ( smallish packets wrapped I n banana leaves with rice , green veg, sambal,  corn fritters, jackfruit stew). Really it was a veritable feast and my mouth is watering even now as I type and recall how wonderful that day was…..thanks to ibu febi, pak hermann and their beautiful son athaya. : )) for taking me there.

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Beautiful bougainvillea

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And the first time I had really seen a mangosteen tree. If you look really carefully you can see the young green fruit. It is o e of my favorite  fruits  and has a dark purple skin when its ripe. Mmm.

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I always leave a small piece of my heart in lombok …. ♡

Pangkalan Bun Kalimantan – an awesome visit with Bu Arfa and family

My time in Kalimantan will always be remembered… never really knowing what was going to happen next,  but always knowing it would be something worth experiencing…
Bu Cathy and I arrived latish on a saturday afternoon, having flown first from Padang to Jakarta and then fromJakarta to Pangkalan bun…. a little bit disoriented is a good way of describing it.  Bu Arfa and Bapak are there to meet us…..smiles, greetings  and into the car. On the way home a small visit to the newly opened Borneo mall…..packed with people

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Bright shiney and new! We mostly window shopped…. (they say they made 2 billion rupiah in a day….thats a lot of shopping!) Again on the way home we stopped off for a drink or 2 …enak sekali!!!

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The next morning….4:30am to be precise we were woken by bu Arfa and told we were going to see the sunrise with some friends who were waiting  downstairs. Bleary eyed we got ready for what we thought would  be a short trip ??? Haha! Wedrove and dozed. Eventually the state of the road woke us up

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Fresh  vegetables and tempe and tahu yummy !

We arrive at our destination having missed the sunrise, but a warm welcome and an interesting walk along the edge of the sea made up for our early rise.

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A fisherman trawling for tiny prawns – udang,

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A  boat in the process of being   built…..

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A beautifully textured seed

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The fisherman’s catch…

And later on a delicious picnic breakfast mmmmm!

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To be continued…..