8th September …..

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Yesterday I spent touring the countryside, the Balinese were preparing for Galungan a religious festival that is very beautiful, so the decorations were up in front mod every home, some were excessive and others modest but my driver assured me they all would be up by that night as the ceremony was the next day.  

I also went to the rice terraces up high in the hills above Ubud and the cool breeze was lovely, the rice was only small so the visual impact was not the same but the setting was pretty spectacular! 

Today is my last day in Ubud and I am heading down the hill ( so to speak) into frantic and noisy Legian which I’m not looking forward to that side of it but my daughters are there so that will make it all worthwhile, they of course want to shop!!!  I expect we will need another bag to fly home!

6th September….

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So far so good with my Ubud experiences.  I’ve been lost so many times that I should have lost thousands of pounds but alas, the food is very good!!!   It has taken some adjustment for me to relax and accept my new surroundings as they are so very different from down at the coast.   It is quite difficult to get around here without a scooter so I’m destined for a lot of walking or to pay for a taxi.   So I walk!  After three days I have finally got the hang of walking without thinking about it and as it’s very hilly here you have to adjust and slow down and just walk. 

Having said that it’s very beautiful and I’m in awe of the beautiful little lanes that wend there way throughout the whole of the area.  Because I’m travelling alone I find things are so much simpler and I can pace myself with the surroundings.   I got up very early yesterday and walked down the mountain to where the Camphuan River runs and above that is a famous trail which runs along the whole ridge above the river, it was quite difficult climb for me as I’m not as fit as I think I am!!!  But I was chuffed that I finished it and I had the company of a local dog up & back (I think he felt sorry for me).  I felt like doing the rocky dance but instead walked further still to a ceramic factory I was interested in seeing.  Very lovely work but the area I wanted to see out the back was closed to the public that day (typical) I did buy a small momento to take home.

Today I’ve bitten the bullet and hired a taxi as I want to see the famous rice fields at Tegalalang and the Tohpati village where they make the batik fabrics, will keep you posted…..

3rd September…..

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Hi everyone!  I’m holidaying in beautiful Bali at the moment and am enjoying every moment.  I’m staying at a lovely resort in Tuban and its right on Segara Beach.   The gardens are superb which is one of the reasons I picked this resort as it has extensive grounds all lovingly looked after and I discovered a famous coconut tree!!!  It has three branches and is very old, it’s in the grounds of the resort and has had a temple built around it. Apparently coconut trees don’t grow branches!!  

While I have been lolling around on my pool lounge doing absolutely nothing I have had the pleasure of watching the surfers coming and going on the beach.  Segara Beach has a reef break about 500 metres off shore, maybe more, and all day long the pretty fishing boats ferry them back and forth to where the best break is.   They all stay out there for hours surfing, it’s a bit far out to really see them but sometimes you see one catch a wave and I would love to sit out there in a boat and just watch them.  It’s been one of the relaxing highlights of my holiday watching them all each day.   

I’ve been very relaxed & serene and tried to be very quiet this break as I’m trying to practise serenity & calmness and I think I’m doing pretty good, I only talk when spoken to I expect it’s like being  one of those no speaking monks, and I’m beginning to understand why they do it!!!  After a while you begin to notice different things because you aren’t talking to someone, for instance I’ve found small things very interesting.  They have tiny little finches here that are endlessly entertaining flitting around the gorgeous plants & shrubs and very beautiful art, sometimes it’s just a stone carving for a wall but the details are lovely.  I feel my senses have heightened as all I can smell is the fragrance of  the gorgeous frangipani which comes in so many variations over here, I wish I could take cuttings home with me.   I’ve also been watching  the religious ceremony of offerings which are made fresh each morning and placed in different locations, there is one small temple near the resort that I’ve been able to watch a girl do this ritual each day and she has a selection of food & flowers that she gathers and then puts them at the site with incense burning, it’s so therapeutic to watch & absorb.   

Today I leave this beautiful coastline and head up to Ubud, I’m a little aprehensive as I feel safe & secure here, but I’m hoping to do some yoga & ceramics while I’m up there so I will keep you posted….. Shhhh…


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