For those of you who don't have facebook, PHOTOS!!!:
Emily will have to put the links to her albums on here.
Let's see, last weekend was super rainy. It rained for like 4 or 5 days. We were totally sick of it. We couldn't plant lettuce one day because the soil was too wet. I haven't been to the beach in over 2 weeks. The sun has finally been out the past 2 days and after harvest was over, we just laid out in it's warmth for about an hour.
Last Wednesday, we pruned coffee and got to use machetes. Pruning coffee is essentially just chainsawing the tree down. Then we chopped off the small branches from the large stems with machetes. It was really satisfying and fun work, and good exercise.
The sunsets the past few days have been excellent because the rainy weather decreases the vog (volcanic steam and gas) and makes the horizon more visible. Also, today I saw my first Hawaiian rainbow!
Emily and I, plus a fellow apprentice Patrick who's become a good buddy of ours, rode the bus to Kona today and went to the farmer's market. I got some bracelets for my little sisters and some mangos (b/c we don't have any here on the farm right now). We went to the Hula Bean cafe and got coffee floats--holy moly. You get two scoops of ice cream with a double shot of espresso dumped on them. We got this ice cream called Kealakekua Crunch which was Kona coffee ice cream with cinnamon coffee toffee and then Kona Joy that had coconut, mac nuts, and chocolate bits. Needless to say, it was delicious. Don't ask me how much it cost.
A bunch of us went to Zea's (Barry's daughter) theater performance last Tuesday and then they invited us over for dinner and we played Apples to Apples and drank homemade mead (honey wine) and pina coladas. Zea, who is 8 years old, beat me at Apples to Apples. It was so fun.
We're planning a St. Patrick's day croquet party. We're also planning to rent a car next weekend and drive to other parts of the island. Hopefully i'll be writing about how fun those things were in the near future.