A walk among rice paddies

February 27, 2019   Ubud

And the heat --- my God, the heat! Elaine Benes

Farmer in his field      
The rice paddies surrounding Ubud are being displaced by houses, home stays, yoga studios, and cute cafes. But there are still farmers working the land. Today we took an easy-if-it-weren't-so-hot walk through some of the nearby rice fields.
Water management      
The rice paddies need water so there's a complex system of water troughs that control the flow of irrigation water to the fields. The flowing water provides a nice soundtrack to the walk.
Rice farmer      
Teak joglo      

This is a 150-year-old teak Dutch Joglo, which is a type of Javanese house. It was moved from Java to Bali in 2011. Every piece of wood was marked then it was disassembled and then reassembled here. It's now a 5-room guesthouse called the Rice Joglo.

In front of the house you can see three colourful penjors which are long bamboo poles that are both symbolic and a place for offerings. I thought penjors were only for Galungen, a religious holiday that comes every 210 days, but I've since learned they are used for other religious occasions, too.

Motorbikes go everywhere      
Rice farmer      
Rice farmer      
They made a sale      
The path through the rice paddies also features a few shops selling wood crafts and paintings. The paintings --- some quite good, and the artists were there making more --- are a bit large to transport but we did pick up a colourful wooden mask for 150,000 IDR, which is about $15 Canadian.
No ubering here      
Every Balinese guy with a motorbike (or car) offers taxi service so I guess they don't like the online ride services' competition.