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it's feijoa time!

I am not really adventurous when it comes to trying different fruits so I'm pretty sure I would never have tried a feijoa--at least, not in Kansas. But here in NZ is a different story. All it took was for two kids and one adult to get excited about a sign on the side of the road for me to anticipate a new fruit for my taste buds. The anticipation in their voices along with animated faces and arms is all it took. I am so hooked on these wondrous little beauties. Click here for a very brief history of them. And then, next fall, try some! You just cut them open (I just cut the tops off) and dig the ugly but scrumptious taste out with a spoon.


Suspended Coffees

I really have no idea how I found the Suspended Coffees Facebook page, but I'm so glad I did.  It's full of great, heart-warming pay-it-forward stories that make my day. After 13 months, the FB page has over 260,000 followers and the owner opened a website today.

The page started out the brainchild of one guy who wanted to spread the word about this phenomenon that started in Europe--buying coffee for someone who can't afford to pay.
We entered a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and gave our order. While we were approaching our table two people came in and went the counter. “Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended.” They paid for their order, took the two and left. I asked my friend: “What are those ‘suspended coffees?’” “Wait for it and you will see” he answered. Some more people entered. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four “suspended”. While I still wondered what’s the deal with those “suspended” coffees I enjoyed the summer weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looked like a beggar came in through the door and kindly asked “Do you have a suspended coffee?” He got a coffee for free – no charge – he sat down and took a sip and a smile ran through his face. It’s simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who cannot afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.

Here's the link to the new website. Suspended Coffees.  Why don't you pop over and check it out when you have a chance. After all, it's about more than the coffee.

taranaki sunsets




These are some favorite skies that I have photographed lately. I will be posting some over at Photographing New Zealand, too. 

how I spent my rainy afternoon

The tail end of Cyclone Lusi wandered north to south over New Zealand today. Along with the dairy farmers in Taranaki, we were happy to get the rain for the sad looking grass, but I have to remind you that, when it rains here, it's more like a heavy misting than a rain with huge drops. Normally, rain doesn't stop us from taking drives but the wind kept us inside today. To pass the time, I watched rainbows fall to the horizon as the sun rose in the opposite sky.