Back in Sumbawa

After a fairly quick drive (although the beginning was not auspicious because we arrived at the harbor in Padangbai just as the ferry was loading its last car and had to wait for 90 minutes before we could leave) of 15 hours we arrived back in Sekongkang. In the month that we were gone, both Bali and Sumbawa had been hit by intense storms. We had some water damage to the house here but it is easily fixable once the rains stop.

I say once the rains stop because it has been raining here for the past six days – intense rains with winds. So this means that we have water but this time far too much of it. The water tank is finished and we can now get running water in the house daily – for the first time in six months. It’s quite wonderful.

But, too much of anything is …well, too much. I’m looking forward to a few dry days so we can dry out the laundry and finish repairs to the house.

It’s always amazes me how quickly the jungle reclaims itself. While I was gone for a month, my gardener and wife were only gone for two weeks, yet the grounds look like it has been months. The grass has grown to the point where we have to be careful of snakes; the crops have grown incredibly. In another few weeks we will have over a dozen bunches of bananas, and over 200 square meters of corn. We have forty papayas that should be ready for picking in another few weeks, and lots of tomatoes as well.

I wasn’t ready to leave Bali, but it’s time to start the last semester here and get things organized for retirement – if that is what is going to happen. I’m looking at opportunities for doing some freelance writing, but we’ll see how that goes.

The dogs went on a destructive rage while we were gone and ate my wife’s motorbike seat and tore around destroying as much as they could. They’ve calmed down now that we’re back. They don’t like being left alone.

So, the switch from writing about Bali to writing about the jungle. I’ll do a podcast this weekend and see if it can be uploaded.

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~ by drbrucepk on January 21, 2008.

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