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dock life, freight…

Port of Portland has everything on show.

I marveled at the mammoth mounds of woodchips towering almost double the height of nearby buildings. How do they pile it up like that?? How many trucks does it represent??

The stacks of logs resembled matchsticks from my vantage point, but were anything but. It amazes me how a few logs crosswise under the pile can support such huge weight without cracking apart. Nature at its powerful best.

Forestry is a saga of an industry, kind of how wineries are sagas, taking years and much patience and trust to reach profitable fruition. Seeing the masses of logs at the port highlighted for me the huge effort involved to fell the trees, prepare them for transit, then move them to where they’re wanted.

On the way to Portland were seemingly endless kilometers of pine plantations, with some zones recently felled. It got me to thinking of the huge endeavour it must be, and the huge area needed, to grow enough seedlings to replace those trees on their way to a new incarnation as timber.

Logistics, incredible.


reasons for travel

“Bought a hat today. The man rubbed the money I gave him on all the other hats.”

Tonight I came across a diary I fortunately kept on a trip to Ubud a few years ago. I don’t remember this occasion or the hat at all now but thought it was funny and beautifully illustrates the point of travel!


Photo: offerings at Goa Gajah (Elephant Temple)

vibrators gangs…

vibrators gangs

Almost buying these drawers just for this sticker 😉

For the life of me I can’t fathom what these spare parts could have been.

bush bridge…

Would you drive across this incredible example of outback ingenuity? Wow, what a find!

Where: Leg of Mutton at Lake Albacutya. If you can work out where that is you’ll be the only ones there – this campsite with firepit is not marked on the map.

coffee, tradition…

After two years, I broke my fast. Caffeine ran through my veins again. Do I regret it? No! My favourites: coconut coffee and ginseng coffee.

At Madu Pertiwi Agro Spices they make coffee the traditional way. Harvest the beans by hand, roast them by hand, grind them by hand. Impressive.

They also make luwak coffee. It was unclear if the luwaks are free-range or if the one in the cage does all the work 😦 Hope he gets let out every day. Did I try the luwak coffee? Yes I did! Mellow, smooth and delicious.

view from the coffee plantation

This panorama of the view does it no justice at all. Vast expanse of lush green goodness for the soul.

some magic lives here…

holy water drenchingWe arrived at Tirta Empul Temple (Holy Spring Water Temple) as some sort of religious ceremony was underway. I’ve tried to find out more but Google has not been my friend this time. The tour guide in his poor English said it was to bring luck but given the abject, deep concern of the boy’s relatives it appeared more like a purging ritual.

An old lady in a heavy jacket for the weather who is best described by the term ‘witch doctor’ covered the boy with flowers then shook holy water all over him. She talked incanted almost continually and occasionally seemed to berate the relatives.

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