Along a path through the rice fields
During our winter break from school here in China, Johnny came to meet us in Bali. He arrived at 3 a.m. in Denpasar, and later that day, we took him on one of our favorite rice paddy walks.
Johnny & Barry
Johnny with the best drink here--a fresh coconut
His mom and dad were very happy to see him.
We got to take him to our favorite restaurants including Bali Buddha
An Indonesian dish at Sari Organic--where we can nibble in the garden too
Johnny soon had us in Monkey Forest
Monkeys were everywhere
Mom & baby
The monkeys wanted bananas and we wanted photos
Have you ever tried to open a coconut?
This little monkey worked and worked to open this coconut.
She pulled off all the husk and repeated dropped the coconut on the ground
Meanwhile, the male waited patiently nearby. --JK photo
She got it to crack open and --in an example of implement use--she took leaves as cushions for her hand as she repeatedly hit the coconut--JK photo
It's tricky to open a coconut even if you have a machete
While she was busy, another female came over to groom the male
The monkey with the coconut had to run the other female off, and while the male was having his way with her, Johnny grabbed the unattended coconut and smashed it on the ground splitting it open for all three monkeys.
Not only did she need to work on the coconut, she needed to keep her eye on the male.
They are fun to watch, and they seem to like watching us
Some look very thoughtful
Some hang out as a family
Many spend time grooming each other
Some just go for the bananas even if they have to sit on someone's shoulder
I wasn't sure if this German woman was brave or crazy
And some just play in the trees
And what about us? We celebrated Johnny's arrival, Valentine's Day, and our 23rd anniversary. Happy birthday to Suzette too.
Barry is staying in Bali with John for almost another two weeks to do father and son things. When Barry returns here, John plans to stay in Bali for another month and then see where his journey of exploration leads him.
And now I’m back in chilly China for the start of a new term. Although I miss my boys terribly, I have many distractions: about 200 eager students, Mandarin and yoga to practice, and a pile of books to read. Spring will come eventually too.
Love to all of you, Renee