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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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INDONESIA FIVE- GILI AYER – New Year…

As a fillip to this holiday we planned to spend three days around New Years in the Gili Islands, off the coast the island of Lombok, east of Bali… 2.5 hours by a fast boat over the Bali Sea. The ride was mostly comfortable, with views of Agung, Bali’s sacred  mountain, dancing with clouds like our Tahoma. This is deep sea so it can be rough, as we were to discover on the return…

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HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD…

Our time here in Bali is lovely, especially after recuperating from the actual travel. A deeply relaxing time with our friends Joel & Nirgrantha. Luscious meals & conversation; numerous deep naps; several massages plus an intensely charged thunderstorm to clear our energies. Nothing like the usual holiday time in the States, which is why we are here. I hope & trust you are enjoying your own versions! We wish you JOY in your own climes! We celebrate with you. As…

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NEW GARDEN INFRASTRUCTURE…

Trellises have become a bit of a joke in our conversations.  Stephen suggests I have a fetish. I argue function.  Soundcliff’s gardens are anything but level…no broad horizontal spaces for row crops,  so to grow up makes sense to me…  I’ll own such fetish. There have been several incarnations of bean & pea supports like this, which I put inside the Mashua trelliswhich is 3 years old, I think. Low plants such as the zucchini I tried…

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SUMMER GARDEN…

This  season was quite fine… making the garden rather glorious from early spring until now…  [I still work to learn making photos with the new Nikon… still intimidated by its complexity… so some of these images were made on my iPhone as well, which is obviously more usually at hand… First, a bit of early spring cleaning brought out a dried arrangement from last year’s garden, which had been enjoyed  indoors all winter… Hydrangea, Sedum & Acanthus…  the colors faded mellow…

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