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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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JAPAN [seven]: KYUSHU / KARATSU/ / YOYOKAKU… FINALE…

[NOTE: This is the seventh post about our trip to Japan. Click on the tab “JAPAN” in the cloud on the right to see earlier posts made in November & December.] TRAIN TO KYUSHU: Sunday morning: On the train from Kyoto to the southern island of Kyushu to the ryokan [a traditional Japanese inn] which has been recommended by our Island friend. The ride in the beginning was quite delightfully smooth even at something more than 150…

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Sand Mandala In Florida…

I want to share a small story from inside our holiday travels from home to Minnesota to Florida then back home… We were a traveling quartet consisting a delightfully determined doyenne in her mid-90s, a gay couple noting our 20-year relationship at ages 65 & 70… plus our Downs brother Mark, 56… who has thus the most unique abilities of us all… despite that each of us presumes ourselves as being the one keeping…

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