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Date: 22 Feb 2007 17:30:06
From: bernie
Subject: Visit to Kona
Of course we visited Cea and Bob. We cashed in some ff miles and
split a condo on the waterfront in Maui with my sister and her husband.
It was too close to not go visit SmithFarms. I am sometimes
direction-challanged so getting there would have been easier if I'd
remembered to print off the directions. Cea met us at the bottom of a
seriously steep road that requires 4wd or a forgiving rental agency.
What a treat to drive up through coffee growing acreages and see how
each farmer does it a little differently. Cea has a wonderfully kind and
humane nature and is so forgiving of some pretty knuckleheaded growing
practices that are in the neighborhood. Cea and Bob are absolutely
gracious and Bob has an encylopedic knowledge of the flora and fauna on
the farm. Wow. My wife is from a Dutch bunch who had greenhouses and
truck gardens forever so she was in heaven walking around the place. Bob
seemed to delight in pointing out what is a rekable collection of
native plants he is re-introducing. We were struck by the plain old
'farmyness' that is coffee farming. Mostly a hell of a lot of work.
Especially at a 30 degree slope. But don't mention the feral pigs to
Bob, especially after they have uprooted and eaten his plants. He tends
to go for the shotgun. Their house has the warmth and comfy feel you'd
expect from Cea's posts. Especially if you are eating some killer
bannana nut bread and looking out over the Bay of Refuge. Lots of
friendly dog and cat and gecko and chameleon action. My wife is a birder
and was entranced by the birds and added three to her life list which is
a big dang deal for birders. I could go on quite at length about what a
treat it is to visit, but you get the drift. If you have the opportunity
to visit sometime I'd highly recommend it. Not to mention their coffee
is spectacular and the only Kona I've ever offered.
Bernie




 
Date: 23 Feb 2007 06:03:16
From:
Subject: Re: Visit to Kona
On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:30:06 -0700, bernie <bdigman@zianet.com > wrote:

>
>Bernie

Oh it was our treat to have you and y Ann here, Bernie. We don't
encourage visitors btw and I finally remembered we met about 4 years
ago in Boston<g >. Your posts about nature and life in NM are always
lovely. Even the posts on the occasional worker issues in your cafe
are some how heart warming. Thanks for enjoying the flora and fauna
here.(Gloves, the Madagascar Gold dusted day gecko,lizard is
apparently growing a new elbow, according to Bob's observation
yesterday. Yippee)

You are, in person, just as you seem in your posts.Kind and thughtful.

Thank you Bernie (and y Ann).

aloha,
Cea



 
Date: 22 Feb 2007 19:39:52
From: Craig Andrews
Subject: Re: Visit to Kona

"bernie" <bdigman@zianet.com > wrote in message
news:45de358d$1@nntp.zianet.com...
> Of course we visited Cea and Bob. We cashed in some ff miles and
> split a condo on the waterfront in Maui with my sister and her
> husband. It was too close to not go visit SmithFarms. I am sometimes
> direction-challanged so getting there would have been easier if I'd
> remembered to print off the directions. Cea met us at the bottom of a
> seriously steep road that requires 4wd or a forgiving rental agency.
> What a treat to drive up through coffee growing acreages and see how
> each farmer does it a little differently. Cea has a wonderfully kind
> and humane nature and is so forgiving of some pretty knuckleheaded
> growing practices that are in the neighborhood. Cea and Bob are
> absolutely gracious and Bob has an encylopedic knowledge of the flora
> and fauna on the farm. Wow. My wife is from a Dutch bunch who had
> greenhouses and truck gardens forever so she was in heaven walking
> around the place. Bob seemed to delight in pointing out what is a
> rekable collection of native plants he is re-introducing. We were
> struck by the plain old 'farmyness' that is coffee farming. Mostly a
> hell of a lot of work. Especially at a 30 degree slope. But don't
> mention the feral pigs to Bob, especially after they have uprooted and
> eaten his plants. He tends to go for the shotgun. Their house has the
> warmth and comfy feel you'd expect from Cea's posts. Especially if you
> are eating some killer bannana nut bread and looking out over the Bay
> of Refuge. Lots of friendly dog and cat and gecko and chameleon
> action. My wife is a birder and was entranced by the birds and added
> three to her life list which is a big dang deal for birders. I could
> go on quite at length about what a treat it is to visit, but you get
> the drift. If you have the opportunity to visit sometime I'd highly
> recommend it. Not to mention their coffee is spectacular and the only
> Kona I've ever offered.
> Bernie

Beautiful to be in that little piece of Heaven Bernie! {;-D
Craig.



 
Date: 23 Feb 2007 00:37:38
From: Brian Colwell
Subject: Re: Visit to Kona

"bernie" <bdigman@zianet.com > wrote in message
news:45de358d$1@nntp.zianet.com...
> Of course we visited Cea and Bob. We cashed in some ff miles and split a
> condo on the waterfront in Maui with my sister and her husband. It was too
> close to not go visit SmithFarms. I am sometimes direction-challanged so
> getting there would have been easier if I'd remembered to print off the
> directions. Cea met us at the bottom of a seriously steep road that
> requires 4wd or a forgiving rental agency. What a treat to drive up
> through coffee growing acreages and see how each farmer does it a little
> differently. Cea has a wonderfully kind and humane nature and is so
> forgiving of some pretty knuckleheaded growing practices that are in the
> neighborhood. Cea and Bob are absolutely gracious and Bob has an
> encylopedic knowledge of the flora and fauna on the farm. Wow. My wife is
> from a Dutch bunch who had greenhouses and truck gardens forever so she
> was in heaven walking around the place. Bob seemed to delight in pointing
> out what is a rekable collection of native plants he is re-introducing.
> We were struck by the plain old 'farmyness' that is coffee farming. Mostly
> a hell of a lot of work. Especially at a 30 degree slope. But don't
> mention the feral pigs to Bob, especially after they have uprooted and
> eaten his plants. He tends to go for the shotgun. Their house has the
> warmth and comfy feel you'd expect from Cea's posts. Especially if you are
> eating some killer bannana nut bread and looking out over the Bay of
> Refuge. Lots of friendly dog and cat and gecko and chameleon action. My
> wife is a birder and was entranced by the birds and added three to her
> life list which is a big dang deal for birders. I could go on quite at
> length about what a treat it is to visit, but you get the drift. If you
> have the opportunity to visit sometime I'd highly recommend it. Not to
> mention their coffee is spectacular and the only Kona I've ever offered.
> Bernie

Thanks for that Bernie, sounds like you had a great trip.

BMC