Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Coffee Beans in my Back Yard!

Coffee Beans in my Back Yard!
Yes, thats right... These coffee beans grew in my back yard. Now I know there aren't many (Just enought for a pot of Joe), but in defense I must admit to there being only one small elderly coffee tree. I found it under the Avocado tree when we moved into the new house and this is the 1st year it has produced enough to make it worth our while to process. Nummy!
Now this is nothing compared to what the great gals at the Hilo Coffee Mill do, http://hilocoffeemill.com/ check out the video on the front page for a more in depth discussion of how we process coffee in Hawaii. 
Oh and the cool Aloha Rock, that was hand painted by a talented friend many years ago <3 nbsp="nbsp" p="p">

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Wild Bamboo Orchids...again...

This will be the second time I have posted about the bamboo orchids that grow wild in Puna Hawaii, but they are so prevalent and so pretty! I just get a tickle out of seeing fields of these lovely "exotic" flowers growing wild :)

They seem to prefer more open land and land that has good drainage, I have seen them happily growing in basically lava rock. There is quite a variety as well, some are almost completely white, a few have the entire neck in purple and occasionally you find a color variation, like more blue to the purple or more red. And they are available for purchase through http://gardenexotica.com/products.htm

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Geckos and Orchids...Office life in Hawaii...

Geckos and Orchids...Office life in Hawaii...

We have a few of these Madagaskar day Geckos that co-habitate in our office... I looked up and this cutey was bridging over from the wall to the Orchid and licking the nectar up, must have needed a sweet treat after lunch :)

Credit to Galyn Williams for catching the shot!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hawaiian Yoga Kitty...

Not Hawaiian Style Yoga, just a Hawaiian Kitty doing Yoga :))

I wish I was half as flexible as my kitty! I understand she has the advantage of an amazing spine but still...

Check out the crazy quilt she is on, that is a rescue from a Hongwanji in Wainaku, the Hongwanji was abandoned and seriously termite ridden and water damaged. They were getting ready to muck out the inside and tear it down when I discovered this quilt. I snapped it up on the off chance I could resurrect it and viola! It came out awesome!

We are in the middle of a quilt craze in my office, expect the next few post to focus on Hawaiian Style quilts :)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wow! Has it been that long?

Wow! Has it been that long? I just realized how long it's been since I posted a photo here...why have I been away so long? Guess I got super busy :) Resolution for 2012, get back to what I love and post here more often...

These young ladies where participants in Hilo's Queen Liliokulani festival down at the Queens park. Every year the festival occurs on the Queens birthday. Vendors supply tasty treats and goodies amid the many hula performers, but the piece de resisitance is a helicopter dropping a HUGE load of orchid blooms over the park! Can you imagine standing in this beautiful park surrounded by lovely hula performances, listening to wonderful Hawaiian musice while the sky rains orchid blooms? Wonderful memories :)