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It is really quiet in the rice fields DESA BINANGUN - If you have already made the trip to the rice fields you will notice that it is extremely quiet here when you take a break yourself. Some people are most likely working somewhere nearby, but they are only producing sounds that are not overstemming more natural sounds, as long as they don't use a chainsaw to cut down an old coconut-tree that is.

Planting of new padi (rice plants) happens in a swift movement by hand, so no machine is used to plant anything here. Even better, a machine of any kind will have great difficulties in being able to put to work here because of the irregular shapes of the fields and water that is widely present, especially when the plants have to be planted. The only thing you will hear is the sharp voice of the nenek (grandmother) that jokingly plants her rows of rice plants in the muddy water.

Three men are smoking a cigarette in their own gubug, they have finished their work apparently because all edges of their rice fields look fresh and good to go for another season. Working them with the pacul (type of spade) and other kinds of simple tools is heavy work though. At one point irrigation has been renewed. Two bamboo pipes are enough for a proper of water.

If a person wants to ask a question to another person somewhere on the hill, they simply talk as if they are next to them. No need for yelling here because there are no other sounds, so the human voice is the main sound and can reach pretty far. Sometimes it even looks like that people are talking to themselves, until they are suddenly answered by someone a hundred meters away.

When you take the time to enjoy this tranquil environment for a short but well-earned rest, you will notice much more of the silence that rules this area. The first thing that I noticed was the sound of the small stream directly behind the gubug. A little while later, sounds of all kinds of birds, insects and small animals entered my ears as well. Then I also noticed the faint sounds of a big knife that was cutting big leafs from a banana tree somewhere.

It was very quite indeed. So quiet that you could almost hear the noise from the big city as far as here, because there is always some noise there, especially if you compare it with the quiet life in rural areas like this. In the coming days this will be my life. I hope I will have some time to find some complete rest before we go home again, because even at home here it is busy with a flurry of people visiting and a television that is on throughout the evening, even though it is just background noise.

A talkative grandmother working the fields.
A talkative grandmother working the fields. indahnesia.com



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Posted in Travel @ 11 December 2009 14:27 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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