Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
It has three courtyards connected by steps, and is decorated with carvings and statues. In the first courtyard is a huge Banyan tree, surrounded by walls inlaid with Chinese porcelain. In the next courtyard, multi-roofed shrines (merus) dominate the area. On the right side of this inner courtyard are three throne shrines representing the Hindu Trinity, Brahma, Wisnu and Siwa.
I took a photo of our group on the steps of the temple, accompanied by Mawa, our guide. Since more than 90% of the people on Bali are Hindu, Mawa shared information on their religion with us as we passed many different temples on our travels.
It is hard to imagine cutting all of those terraces by hand. And the fields were immaculate - no weeds that we could see.
The plantation processes two types of coffee. one being much darker than the other.
We drove to the summit of the mountain, passing tropical rainforest, and Buyan and Tamblingam lakes to see the unique, traditional Bali Coffee processing at Ngiring Ngewedang Restaurant in the village of Munduk.
Even though it was not the season for picking the coffee beans, we saw the process -- all done by hand. We enjoyed lunch at the Restaurant - with the most spectacular view of the mountains on every side.
This was one of my favorite stops on our trip. The children were very excited to see us and we took their photographs enmasse and then in smaller groups. What beautiful children.
These young woman are taking food to the family working in the fields. You can see that they learn to balance baskets on their heads at a young age.
It seemed like goods of all kinds were transported either by baskets on the heads of men and women, or by some kind of boxes or baskets on a motorcycle. And, yes, we did see some delivery trucks too, but people everywhere were carrying things on their heads.
More rice is drying on the tarp in the background.
The haze you see in the photo is smoke from the stalks being burned.
Our bus driver pulled over so we could watch and take photographs.
Rice is the staple crop for the residents of Bali. We saw rice paddies all along the roads into the mountains. Here you can see the flooded fields. That water comes from the lakes high up in the mountains, and is diverted for the crops as it flows down the mountains in their irrigation ditches.
I've just added a new Poll to my Blog. Help me choose a theme for my next book...should I do something different, like Lone Stars or Log Cabins, or should I give you more borders or edge finishes?
Tell me what you think.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Look at the fine tip on this tool. They could spread such a fine line of wax. For the more expensive pieces they would wax both sides of the cloth so it would be the same on both sides.
Some of the less expensive pieces (like those that the street vendors were selling) we very obviously only waxed on one side. Less work, less expensive. More about the street vendors later...