India and I visited the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali. It will be the first and last time we ever visit a monkey forest!
The monkeys were really aggressive. They jumped on you and tried to steal your things. One of them stole India’s hand sanitizer that was hanging on the side of her purse. Later one of them tried to steal her shopping bag but instead tore it open spilling the contents on the ground. We were traumatized and had to be escorted out of the park by security!
Now I know what my mother meant when she said someone was “acting a monkey!” They were wild and crazy.
I did not have monkeys in mind when I made my quilt You Drive Me Crazy, but these monkeys did drive me to drink! India and I left the forest and found a bar.
When was the last time you did something for the very first time? #ovsneversaynevernovember #bali #monkeyforest. #gonnaseetheworld
Today India and I visited a coffee farm. This farm sells the famous Kopi Luwak, coffee made from cat poop.
Yes, I had a cup, and bought some to take home. Apparently it has many medicinal qualities.
We tested many other varieties of tea and coffee and learned a lot about how the beans are grown and harvested, but cat poop coffee was the star of the show. I did not have cat poop in mind when I made my quilt I Love Strong Coffee, but it seems to fit the experience
When was the last time you did something for the very first time? #ovsneversaynevernovember #brantleysinbali #alifeofsimpleabundance
India and I have returned home safely from China. We are still basking in the memories.
In addition to seeing the normal tourist attractions — the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Beijing Zoo— we learned ancient Chinese crafts. We took classes in paper cutting, jewelry making, bottle painting and silk embroidery. It was truly an inspiring and joyful journey!
I wonder how this experience will find its way into my quilts. Hmmmm. . . .