Dragon Thursday – Let your dragon fly

Good morning.

My daughter had a party last week.  She and her friends used some colorful windsocks as decorations.   They were so summery and festive.  I decided we needed our own windsocks.  Of course in my search for windsocks I found this dragon.

This is from Into The Wind.  They mainly carry all kinds of kites and this dragon windsock is found under their section  Wind Art.  They have some beautiful wind art.  I love their banners too.  Be sure to check out their selection.

There are also wind spinners like this one from Pro Kites USA

They also carry this great dragon kite

Wind sock

Coffee Mon…Tuesday… Our trip to Hawaii continues.

Hello!

One of my friends on Facebook shared another locally owned coffee farm in Hawaii.

She highly recommends them.

Pumehana Farm

From their website:

In 1998, longtime residents of Pahala, the Dacalio-Kekoa Ohana set out on a new adventure in their hometown. The town of Pahala is located in the Ka’u District on the Island of Hawaii, also known as the Big Island. Pahala is located between Hilo and Kona, bordering Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The closest town is Na’alehu. Pahala was once a thriving sugar plantation town. With the closure of Ka’u Sugar Mill in 1996 and it’s main source of income, the townspeople had to search for other means of surviving. Longtime residents were forced to move away or travel long distance in search for jobs. An opportunity came knocking in 1998 and that is when Verna dacalio and her ohana started their family owned coffee business, Pumehana Farm. With long hours, dedication and lots of patience, the agriculture lands were cleared, prepped and cultivated. The farm is located on the slopes of Mauna Loa, five miles above town and at an elevation of 1,800 feet. The trees are the Guatemala (Typica) variety and belongs to the Arabica species. These specific Typica beans come from Guatemala, located in North Central America. The Arabica species, which comes from the Ethiopian Plateau, grows at a higher altitude and have a more refined flavor. Arabica coffee is a higher quality coffee. Each coffee tree was planted manually. During harvest season, only the red, ripe beans are hand picked. Once the beans are picked they are pulped in the evening, fermented overnight, washed early the next morning and then sun-dried. After the drying process, the best of the best beans are selected and roasted. Pumehana Family’s specialty is Medium Roast.

Click on any of the above photos to go to the websites gallery

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Coffee Monday – Let’s go to Hawaii

Good morning,

Wishing you were drinking coffee in Hawaii this morning?  Me too.

Instead, I am grabbing a fast cup of coffee and heading to work. 

Instead of moping, I found some small coffee growers in Hawaii that have shops on Etsy. 

These are small farms and you are buying directly from the farmer.

First one is from  Moukulele Farms

From their Etsy About page:

A family farm producing 100% Kona Coffee and handmade chocolates

We purchased a very run down farm in 2005. Since that time we have planted nearly 4,000 coffee trees, 50 cacao trees and cared for the 30 macadamia nuts trees that were horribly overgrown. We now produce award winning 100% estate Kona coffee as well as dehydrated mac nuts and handmade artisan chocolates.

We have added two catchment tanks to collect and store rain water for use in irrigation. We raise chickens to eat the bugs which allows us to farm organically. We have large trees on the property providing shade and habitat for native birds.

In 2013 our coffee won the chef’s award at the international Kona Coffee Festival. Every bag of coffee that we sell has been planted, harvested, pulped, dried, milled and roasted by us on our farm. It is a labor of love.

This is a link to their website: Mokulele Farms

The next small farm I found on Etsy was Wolfpack Farms Coffee

From their website:

Wolfpack Farms is a 5 acre coffee farm on the slopes of Hualalai. Long ago these lands were known as the Kamehameha Farmlands.  Our coffee is grown at a 2000 foot elevation in the heart of the prime Kona region.

Please let me know if you have tried either of these coffees or if you know of more small coffee farms in Hawaii you would like to see added to this post.

 

Dragon Thursday – How Many Dragons

Good morning,

How many Dragons?

This is not just a question but a fun shop on Etsy.

How Many Dragons

From their About page:

My dragon-making was an on-and-off hobby for many years, but I decided to really start focusing on my skills in late 2012 and have since become a full-time artist. I run my own business, How Many Dragons?, and sell both online and in person at a number of conventions every year. I also accept commissions – I love custom work and collaborating with others! It fills me with joy that people want to own my artwork.

From the description:

Handmade dragon and book figurine is crafted from high quality polymer clay, sealed with a gloss glaze
* The colors/pose that you get are a surprise
* Approximately 2 inches (5 cm) long and 1.5 inches (4 cm) tall
* Signed, dated original
* Made to order item – turnaround time may vary from 1 business day to 2 weeks, depending on whether I have any book babies in stock

Be sure to take a look around her store.  So many fun dragons.

Dragon Thursday – 10 Amazing Things About Dragons

Good morning!

I found a fun video on Youtube on a channel called Bills Channel.

The video is titled 10 Amazing Things About Dragons.

This video was made for Bills Channel by another Youtuber with a channel called

Be Amazed.

Search Bills Channel for more on dragons.  I noticed he has one about a Night Fury.

Also check out the Be Amazed channel for fun short documentary style videos on a variety of subjects.

Coffee Monday – Too hot for coffee?

It may not officially be summer yet, but we have already hit triple digit heat. 

I love a nice cup of hot coffee in the mornings, but lately it has been too hot to enjoy it.

I found these fun iced coffee recipes on a website called domestically Creative

Some of these are more dessert like than morning “wake me up” drinks, but they all look deliciously cool and refreshing.

Click on the image above or the blue links to go to domesticallycreative.com for the recipes.

 

Dragon Thursday – Dragons – American Museum of Natural History – Creatures of Power Part Three

Good morning!

I hope you have enjoyed exploring the wonderful exhibit from the

American Museum of Natural HistoryMythic Creatures

and their section on dragons titled: Dragons – Creatures of Power.

I am finishing up this tour with links to the last three sections:

Imperial Dragon

Mighty Ruler

Revered above all other creatures in East Asian tradition, the dragon is also a symbol of imperial rule. The Chinese emperor was known as “the dragon.” His hands were the dragon’s claws, and his seat was the dragon throne. United with heaven and earth, a wise emperor ruled in harmony with the cosmos and brought peace and prosperity to all.

From Sea to Sky

Chinese dragons are said to spend winter on the floor of a lake or the ocean. Each spring they rise to the heavens with a clap of thunder, to form clouds and water the land. The dragons embroidered on imperial robes are shown soaring up to the sky from the sea, represented by the broad expanse of diagonal lines near the hem.

At a Glance: Chinese Dragon

  • bump on the forehead called chi mu helps the dragon float up to the heavens.
  • 81 scales, equal to nine times nine, a lucky number.
  • sweet-smelling saliva.
  • excellent eyesight.
  • four legs with up to five claws on each foot.
  • Chinese dragons live underwater in winter. In spring, they rise to the sky and make rain.

Borrowed Dragons

“There once was a king with magical powers who ruled the kingdom of Kuqa, near the western border of China. In those days, the markets were rich in gold, silver and precious gems. But one night, a mischievous dragon turned these treasures to charcoal, and the wealth of the kingdom was lost. So the king struck back. He took up his sword, tracked down the dragon and leaped on its back. Furious, the dragon belched fire like lightning, then soared to the sky. The king remained calm. ‘If you don’t surrender,’ he quietly told the dragon, ‘I’ll cut off your head.’ ‘Please don’t kill me!’ the dragon cried. ‘I’ll take you wherever you want to go!’ And from that time on, the king traveled by dragon instead of by horse, flying swiftly all over the realm.”

–based on a story from the Silk Road, recorded by Chinese scholar Li Fang (AD 925-996)

and Natural History of Dragons

Dragons in the Dust

In legends and folktales, dragons are magical–yet early naturalists often treated these creatures as part of the natural world. Biologists in Europe once wrote accounts of the behavior and habitat of dragons, along with lizards and snakes. Chinese scholars have classified the dragon as one of the 369 animal species with scales. Long before the development of paleontology, people unearthed fossilized bones in Asia and Europe–and believed they had found the remains of dragons from an earlier age.

So They Say

“The dragons of the mountains have scales of a golden color, and in length excel those of the plain, and they have bushy beards, which also are of a golden hue; and their eye is sunk deep under the eyebrow, and emits a terrible and ruthless glance.”

–Greek scholar Philostratus (c. AD 170-245)

To read the full article click on the blue links above.

Be sure to explore more of the current and past exhibits on their website:

American Museum of Natural History