Another place we visited on our bike ride around the countryside was a cultural centre and museum where some old artefacts were on display.
Gongs, drums and old, finely carved furniture were on display.
Detail of drums, gongs and wooden xylophones in the collection.
This screen was once the pride and joy of a wealthy merchant.
A few of us had a red ginger tea which was absolutely wonderful. It was made from slices of fresh root ginger, cloves, cinnamon and some bark from a Caesalpinia tree which gave the drink a lovely red colour.
There was still more to come as next we stopped at a place where a guy was making mud bricks. He dug the soil from the field and mixed it with water to a smooth mud which he then put into a gang of moulds.
Six bricks were made at a time…
…and smoothed off.
The mould is then carefully lifted off. Brian just had to ‘sign’ a brick…
…so we all had a go. These are our signed bricks. I wonder where they will end up?
The maker also signs his bricks. Once formed bricks are left to dry…
… before being stacked on their sides to dry further.
After a certain water level is reached, the bricks are moved and stacked into a large pile where they wait to be fired. It takes a few weeks for the guy to make enough bricks to make firing worthwhile. A fire will be lit under the bricks to fire them.
Another fellow was trimming partially dried bricks of their rough edges before they became too dry and hard to clean. They were laid out on the ground to dry further.
When enough moisture had evaporated from the bricks for them to be handled without them deforming, these bricks were stacked off the ground for even quicker drying.
And, of course, what would a ride through the countryside be for me unless I found some plants and interest in nature to photograph! How good is this unfurling leaf?
Senna was growing by the roadside.
Those who looked closely saw this grasshopper inspecting a pea flower.
…and this colourful individual was having a quiet time trying to hide in some old leaves.
And so ended a delightful day out in the countryside of Central Java. I did have a rather sore ‘seat’ but it was all very worthwhile. I hope you have enjoyed the ride.
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