Here we are on a Tuesday again. It's T for Tuesday and I am visiting Elizabeth and Bleubeard with a blog post that has a drink in it. The drink will be featured later on but first things first: postcards...
I received a postcard from Venice. Now I have visited Italy for most of my adult life and have even worked and lived in Italy for 15 years. But... I have never been to Venice! So when I received a card from Venice I was well pleased. I must admit it didn't look like what I expected Venice to look like, but there is a large lagoon outside Venice and I thought this pictured the lagoon.
The stamp was in a nautical theme too.
Sunday at church, my friend Roxanne brought some stuff in to show people:
She comes from Equador in South America. What she is showing us is a bag of cacao beans. She has a plantation over there that her brother manages for her. He came over to visit and brought some produce.
This is the huge pod that the beans come out of:
This thing is about 20 cm long. (You can see the bag of beans next to it for comparison). She told me that they cut the pod open and remove the beans, then
those beans get spread out on the floor and sun dried.
When dried, they get ground into powder and what you have then is in essence chocolate.
She gave me a piece to taste as she knows I like pure, bitter chocolate. It tasted lovely. A bit rougher than the stuff you buy in the shops of course, but 'sweeter' than I thought it would be, and also softer. I could easily break off a piece to eat.
It was really interesting to see . Next Sunday she will bring in the large pod again and split it for us to see the inside. So I will have my camera ready this time (these photos were taken on my phone which does not have a good camera, sorry).
The weather here has suddenly changed. It has become winter. Last week we were still able to sit and socialize outside:
I'm not in the picture as I took the photo but hubby is the one with the hat.
Behind the swing is a little hill called Jabalcon, which is the local focal point. Most people can see Jabalcon from their house. Where we live we can only have internet if we have a visual with Jabalcon as that is where the aerial repeaters (or whatever they are called in English) are.
Anyway, all of a sudden we have fost at night and the day temperatures have plummeted.
My friend Loli took this picture of the olive trees in the morning after we had had the frost. Isn't it beautiful?
Now I mustn't forget the drink to qualify for the T-Party.
Here it is (and of course it is a glass of wine). I should have photographed my mug of hot cocoa last night but I forgot...
That is it from me today. I wish you all a happy T-Day and a good week ahead.