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PATH DOWN FROM THE NORTH GATE…

This post has been languishing in my drafts long enough! A long-time dream-garden design came to fruition just before Thanksgiving, while having been started some weeks before, when Tom & I finally took salvage on an abandoned utility pole nearby… after which the builder in me had lusted for several years. We went out with the chainsaw, but discovered it had rotted at the ground enough that Tom simply attached a rope to the original stabilizing cable attached near the top…

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INDONESIA QNE – BALI…

We love escaping     the overwrought holidays   with their traditional obligations [usually involving some gleeful threat of snow…] Whenever we can free ourselves. Thank you, my Sweetman,  for your irritating wisdom  about planning! After our last trip four years ago,  we hungered for a more tropical solstice. We flew to visit our friends Joel & Nirgrantha.  They host guests at Villa Vagra in the village of Sebali, near Ubud,  an artistic center on Bali,  only one of the many islands collected as…

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INDONESIA TWO – JAVA – PRAMBANAN

One important part of this travel to SE Asia was to visit two ancient archaeologic temple sites near Jogjakarta,…on the island just west of Bali… we flew to Java on Christmas Day. Java is predominantly Muslim, while Bali is mix of Hindu & Animist. Borobudur is Buddhist. Prambanan is Hindu. Both were built in the 9th century. Each is unique to the style of religious, philosophic or artistic  manner… particularly in silhouette… yet with notable…

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INDONESIA – THREE – JAVA TWO: THE PHOENIX & BOROBADUR

At last, after many hours from our early start with the long drive to the short flight, tour of the temple & a shopping excursion for batik shirts, we arrived at our hotel, where we were happily gifted our room early. The Hotel Phoenix was built in 1918 as the home of a spice trader & is now a registered historic building. It was purchased in 1930s by a Dutch gentleman who urned it into a pensioner’s hotel named The Splendid. After the…

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INDONESIA FOUR – VULCAN…

ANTS ON A SLIGHT SLOPE… I had not gotten more than some vague notion that his program included an excursion to the “Vulcan”  [the volcano, Merkaba by name] which involved another long drive through the snarling traffic of which I was becoming weary. I continued to be less & less interested, but Stephen seemed excited enough I made…

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