Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Brushes With Grace

Grace has created amazing images that portray innocent magical life in the colours around her. I have met her and she is a truly beautiful person with sense of great inner depth.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Hibernation in Spring 2011, Coffee Tree and my brother

I have been away, busy, not playing, not much fun.

More winter.The groundhog was plainly wrong. Environment Canada says that it will be snowy through April and even into May this year. I keep waiting for the blush of green and all I see is white, and gray and brown - and I love the snow. This winter started with a  snow storm on December 5th, and  there has been  snow on the ground ever since.
Charlie, his timmy's and his netbook from Carley
I suppose I would be happier with the never ending winter if I were spending the time quilting or cuddling but it is being spent working and doing hospital runs. Who knew that melanoma could cause a stroke. Not me, and not my brother who is making life work with one arm. It is a good thing that he is left handed.
He amazed me by managing to hang his shirt on a hanger with one hand, and pretty quickly too. He is very versatile. He said he became good at doing things with one hand when the stent (sp?) was put in his right arm.
The coffee tree is still sprouting buds. The Sweetie asked me if I had pollinated the flowers, .. uhh , no. So I am not sure know what will happen next. There are no busy bees or annoying insects or happy birds visiting flower to flower in my living room.I hope the "breezes"of the central heating system are enough do that job. There is something happening though.
Will these become coffee  beans?

Sunday, 13 March 2011

coffee bean march 10

The flowers are fading now. I hope that they all develop beans.
I am trying to get to DC to see my nieces compete in a cheer competition. South Jersey Storm!!! My baggage was not unloaded in time for me to catch a connecting flight that was leaving 1 hour and 15 minutes later than my first flight's scheduled  arrival time. My bag had not even been unloaded by the time that 8 AM flight closed its doors.
So I had to sit at the airport for another 3 hours to catch the next flight. If all goes well I get to see the girls cheer.....
And to put my life into world perspective, I feel inconvenienced but millions of people are trying to pull their lives back together after Japan's heartbreaking series of disasters. So - no whining from me. ....and prayers for all those in need.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Home Grown Coffee Beans

Growing your own coffee is not the easiest thing to do. Harvesting coffee beans at home is quite the unique experience in Canada. We have a coffee tree that I have been nurturing for about 6 years. It was purchased from Colasanti's as a tropical plant for our house (for DD#1 actually) and was about 18"tall.  Now it is about 5' tall and covered with flowers. 

The first year this plant had 2 flowers, and produced 2 beans that I harvested. Not enough even to roast or use for a coffee. I kept it well watered and let it grow.

When we moved, it suffered wind abuse and most of its leaves were lost. All I had left (2009) was a bare skeleton of a tree.

 Last week I noticed a couple of new buds. Woo hoo! I might get 2 more coffee beans. Then I noticed that there were branches covered in buds. Now they are all in flower. This is so much fun!

Notice the tiny buds where the leaves join the stem

This is the same branch, a few days later.

The branch in the background is the one featured in the other photos.

A little bit of a closer look at the opening flower

What does this tree like? It likes to be in bright indirect sunlight (close to the southern window in winter, about 6 ' back from the window in summer). I have been watering it with tea. Yes, my coffee tree drinks tea. I wonder if I will have enough beans to roast for 1 cup of coffee? I would love to taste it.  I can hardly wait for the beans to develop. Watch this space.....