Christmas in Bali

December 27, 2010 at 3:46 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , )

I can’t believe I haven’t posted a thing for over a week now, but time flies… we were so busy filling last minute orders for our ornaments and decorations.  I have been keeping myself updated on weather in the States, though.  All that snow probably has many people house-bound.  Personally, I’m a bit envious of the missed opportunity for a White Christmas.  Here in Bali, in the southern hemisphere, it is now officially summer.  But the good news is that unlike our typical hot, humid rainy season, I am enjoying the unusual cooler and breezier weather we’re getting right now, while all the native Indonesians complain about being too cold.  (I’d say when the breeze is going, it feels like maybe 75F.  Go figure! ).  It still rains every day or night but at least I’m not constantly dripping with sweat.  The meteorologists here are blaming this rare blessing on the la nina system;  I prefer to think of it as my just desserts for having just endured a year-long humid rainy season from hell.  But the good news is that I survived to complain about it.

Anyway, Happy Holidays to all.  Below, I’m posting your Christmas card — two scenes from my tropical garden.  Enjoy!

These are poinsettias, about 3 meters (9ft.) tall

Zen corner of my pool & garden

So, the top photo shows the poinsettia bush…whoever knew those things got so big?  I have to prune it down to about 2 ft. tall every year.

The bottom photo is a peaceful corner of the garden where I’ve put a little Shaolin stone carving.   The upstairs view from my house looks down over the Ayung River gorge and the prestigious Four Seasons Resort here in Sayan Ubud.

Signing off til next time — Selamat tinggal (goodbye)

Selamat Hari Raya Natal dan Tahun Baru! (Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!)

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