Best Farm Signs

Kauai Coffee Farm Tour:  After the taste testing, the best part of the far tour was the signage.

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Coffee Farm Tour

While we were on Kauai, we took a tour of a local coffee farm.  They’ve got it nicely set up for tourists.  Loved the details – like the stamps in the walkways:

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Mr. Caffeinated, so embarrassed to be caught touring a coffee farm while carrying bottled water…

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This farm, like most on the island, was originally a sugarcane plantation.  Now, if they’d just have kept a few for using as stir-sticks…

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The walkway wound around rows of coffee trees and landscaping, with lots of informative signs along the route.

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… with the occasional photo op, again with the hiding of the water bottle:

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The sorting shed – which may or may not actually be the location that they use now:

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And drying sheds, which they don’t use anymore:

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Coffee, growing trees!  So inspiration.  Such tempting.  Too bad it just WON’T grow in Washington.  Kauai is apparently the “North Pole” for coffee growing as well as chocolate cultivation.

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Back up at the farm store, they have a museum showcasing the roasting and grinding equipment:

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… sized for the industry, or possible Microsoft break rooms…

And our favorite part of the tour:  taste testing!

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There were some 30 varieties to try.  I left wired.

I took lots of pictures of the snarky signs too – for another post.

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Dream Trip

We just got back from celebrating our anniversary … in Hawaii!  We’ve been talking about doing this for two decades.  It was a blast.

We went to the island of Kauai.

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It was absolutely gorgeous.

We saw some amazing sights, including this old church:

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With beautiful stained glass.

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And, given that it was Kauai, we saw chickens.

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Lots and LOTS of chickens.

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So much fun.  So relaxing.  So many pictures!  There will be more…

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Party at the nursery

We took the troops – plus an extra – to McAuliffe’s Nursery in Snohomish for their annual Customer Appreciation Day.

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Much fun was had at the pumpkin decorating table.

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The Moose: “What are you doing, and how can I copy it?”

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Rosebud: “I have the most delightful idea!”

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There’s no such thing as too many eyes.

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A personal point of pride – my most advanced student was hired to play for the whole event!

 

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Natter and Rosebud decided that they Must Have grape vines, which they purchased with their own earnings.  After a hay ride, we all went home happy.

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Crying over split eggs

THIS is why I should never, ever, ever surf the web while today’s freshly washed-and-gathered eggs are drying on the counter, while the Toddler is Awake.

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Never, ever, ever.

Waaaah.

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Wranglers

I have this awesome neighbor that likes to bring my kids fun stuff.  She fulfills the role of “crazy aunt-type person” in their lives.

We don’t celebrate Halloween.  However, our children enjoy dressing up any time, and will do so with very little provocation.

Here they are, in their most recent iterations:

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Handsome dudes, no?

I believe the dentist got quite the kick out of it when Natter showed up for his cleaning, decked out to the nines…

 

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Rose Garden

Mr. Caffeinated and I took the opportunity to have a romantic – read: child-free – walk through the Rose Garden in Grandview last time we were there.

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It used to be on the other side of town, but was moved to be nearer one of the main entrances.

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It’s right along the biking trail, which means more people can stop in and enjoy.

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It was a lovely moment of beauty in the midst of a hectic season.

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