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Published: June 20th 2012
Entrance to rice fields
Rubbish is such an issue- it gets dumped in any place available
An early and very quiet morning- no school today! Lots of white bellied swiftlets flying around out the back verandah, some egrets and the ubiquitous dove (I bet they live in EVERY country of the world). A nice coolness in the air before the sun comes up.
We decide to spend the morning walking the rice fields- me with my Nike Ipod (clocking up the km's) and Geoff with his new binocs spotting birds. We find the way in and head off in the same direction but at markedly different speeds. It is very peaceful out there on your own with just the occasional farmer. It gets even more peaceful, it's then I realise I have taken the wrong turn and end up at the back road - the signs in the rice fields for Ubud Taxi this way should have alerted me i guess. We are notorious for getting lost- today is no exception. Reverse my journey and come upon a barking unhappy dog, decide to reverse again till it goes away. It does, so I walk briskly past the spot it has retreated from. I decide I will be OK even if it comes back- my rabies shots
Entrance to rice fields
Down here, round the corner and there they are
from the Nepal trip will still do the trick.
It is amazing to see the various stages of rice production, having seen the harvesting on the bike trip with straw coloured fields, today I am seeing fields of newly overturned mud, ready for flooding and planting. What is also astounding is the level of development going on out here. There are many, many new villas going up bang in the middle of the rice fields. There is no consistency to the development - some are uber modern, some bamboo, some wood, some - ? I don't know what- they look like safari tents. There is a huge construction area beyond the fields, excavating into the hillsides- ? new large hotel? I wonder what it will look like in 10 years time. How much of the fields will be left in Ubud?
Bump into Geoff (finally) and we decide a coffee is in order, it's now hot and steamy and 11am (but I do have 9km on the IPod). As we are heading out of the fields there is much clearing of vegetation of the water channels going on. There are groups of 4 or 5 men scything away
and really cleaning things up. We also pass another new villa/restaurant that looks as though it is having a blessing performed. The Hindu priest is there, as are many Balinese in traditional clothing, and the non-native owners also in traditional clothing. Kind of wish we could have joined in. We give way to the many motorbikes carting building supplies into the fields and find ourselves back on the street.
Coffee and brunch before our pick up for Candi Dasa. Decide to go to Casa Luna. Have been there before and enjoyed it.Great menu, really nice outlook. Wish we had come for dinner- next time... http://www.casalunabali.com/casa-luna-restaurant/
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