Cape Gazette

Coffee Amy, snow geese, wetlands slashing, other stuff

By Dennis Forney | Oct 25, 2011
Photo by: Dennis Forney Coffee Amy shows off one of the empty bags that once held the coffee beans she custom roasts for Dogfish Head's Chicory Stout.

In Costa Rica a while back, I ran across a Lewes guy named Billy Brockway who had moved down to make his fortune south of the border.  In the Quepos area where Billy lived, everyone knew him as Billy Beach, because he rented out chairs and umbrellas and other stuff on the beach. It was easier for teh locals to remember Billy Beach than Billy Brockway.

As I get older, it's getting harder and harder to remember names. Probably better to start referring to people according to what they do.  And so, Amy Coffee. Amy's the owner and roaster at Notting Hill Coffee Roastery in Lewes. Last week Amy told me that she has been roasting coffee beans for Dogfish Head's Chicory Stout since Sam and his crew first invented the brew several years ago. "We roast up about 1,900 pounds of coffee beans for them each year. Every one of those beans is free trade, organic and Audubon-certified bird-friendly Mexican coffee."

So now you know something else about Coffee Amy.  (Of course I know her last name is Felker, but I just like the ring of Coffee Amy.)

I'm a real local, provincial kind of guy. All my entertainment is local, I only read the Cape Gazette - well almost only - I don't watch television network news and when 9 o'clock rolls around each night it's time - in the words of John Steinbeck - to consult the committee of sleep. (I usually read a little.  Right now I'm halfway through Conrad's Lord Jim.  Last read it when I was 14. That's 47 years ago.  Pretty amazing stuff.)

At any rate, in the course of the week I take pictures and write notes for blogs.  It just takes a while to get around to them.  Here's the latest batch.

A couple thousand snow geese funneled into Gordons Pond last Sunday mid-morning.  Also crossig the pond was a V of big ducks.  I'm thinking they must have been gadwalls or shovelers.
I'm constantly amazed at the joyful staying power of knock-out roses - still blooming in great profusion here at the end of October.
We're always very concerned about protecting our environment.  This photograph was made last Sunday morning on the Salt Marsh Spur trail in Cape Henlopen State Park.  Some kind of big machinery has been in there tearing up the wetlands and it looks like it was done recently.  I'll ask a few questions and see if I can find out what's going on.
This is looking across Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach from the north side to the south side where the foundation of a controversial house - practically in the lake itself - appears complete.
And, this is how a fall-changing tree looked last Friday night in the lights of Legends Stadium at Cape Henlopen High School during halftime of the Cape-Sussex Central football game.
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