Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A stitch in time saves nine.

Three FedEx packages, 46.6kg. What could it be?
Clue #1: Least said soonest mended.
Clue #2: It’s the Singer not the song.
Clue #3: A Greek Tragedy, Euripides EumendidesSSM1
Friday Sept. 23rd.  Update:……..
All is now revealed … What is behind Door #3 …..
An 1899 Model 27 K / 28 K, cordless, wireless, HPTSM
Human Powered Treadle Sewing Machine. Manufactured by: Singer Manufacturing Company, between 1899 and 1913.The ultimate in “Going Green” and getting Off the Grid.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Life’s a Birch

Red Birch, “heartwood” of the Yellow Birch tree. A visually pleasing hard wood, a little tricky to work, but with sharp tools and patience you can win the day. (patience is not my long suit) Surface finishing is the tedious part, but that’s a few days away.

A new load of lumber, filled with promise: RBD1RBD2You just cannot have enough clamps. (hint for Christmas booty) Many hands make light work, thx Sean.RBD3 My favorite part of the project .. letting the glue dry .. Oh and look, its 5 past Tea-Time

Monday, September 05, 2011

Labour Day–A day to “putter”

First Monday in Sept. here in the colonies is when we celebrate and remember to party with friends and relatives … So while we head off to enjoy .. back at the ranch, I leave some Oak in a tight place. Nice 3-Day weekend.OKD1

A week later sees this one Plumb Hung .. updated 9/11/11


The Door Saga Perpetuates

Doors in a house seem to reproduce like rabbits. These three can only bring the finish line closer. 3 for the door

Sunday, September 04, 2011

China Buys tea from Taiwan

Taiwan highland tea breaks into Chinese market
2011/08/31 20:44:26

Taichung, Aug. 31 (CNA) An order for 2,326.8 kilograms of Taiwan highland tea was shipped to retailers in Jiangsu Province in China on Wednesday, marking the largest sale to China for Li Shan tea farmers.
The order was placed in mid-August when Taichung City officials visited Changzhou City in Jiangsu Province, one of the major tea consumption areas in China, according to the Taichung City Agriculture Bureau.
The bureau said Chinese people are quite taken with Taiwan's highland tea, especially the fragrant variety from Li Shan in central Taiwan that has a nice finish because of the high altitude.
After having tasting Taiwan's highland tea, Chinese retailers in Jiangsu placed an order for NT$11 million (US$379,250) worth of tea and requested that it be delivered as soon as possible, the bureau said.
Tea trees have better soil and water conservation attributes than fruit trees, therefore, if the sale to China is a success, the bureau will start assisting fruit farmers in the Li Shan area to switch to tea, said Tsai Ching-chiang, Chief of Agriculture Bureau for Taichung

COMEBUY teashops

Comebuy teashops enter Europe

Taipei Times Story:  Staff Writer, with CNA (pictures from web)

People in Germany are now able to have a sip of authentic Taiwanese tea and enjoy its famed bubble milk tea, a local teashop chain said yesterday.

With a stated goal of becoming “the Eastern Starbucks,” the Taipei-based Comebuy teashop chain has almost achieved its aim of extending its reach to six countries outside Taiwan, with outlets in China, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in addition to the imminent Berlin opening, and with plans for a Japanese presence approaching the final stages.

The grand opening of its first German store in Berlin on Sunday last week made it the first Taiwanese teashop chain to set up in Europe. “We’d like to introduce good Taiwanese tea to our foreign friends,” said Sam Lin, executive director of Comebuy International Co (長沅國際實業).

Many similar local businesses have expressed interest in the European market, but so far only Comebuy has set up a store after meeting strict EU standards, he said.

Besides strengthening training and tightening quality control, Lin said his company had to rebuild its “tea espresso machine,” which cost NT$120,000 (US$4,134), to allow it to get the “Conformite Europende” mark. As is the case with other overseas shops, there will also be subtle changes to the flavors and packaging of many of its products to suit German consumers.

“For our Berlin store, we’ll have products specially flavored with yogurt,” Lin said.

Established in 2001, Comebuy opened its first teashop in Taiwan in 2002, but has since switched its business focus to overseas markets. Besides setting up in Germany’s largest city, the teashop chain is planning to gain footholds in the UK, France and the Czech Republic, Lin said. “In fact, India is also one of our extension options,” Lin added.

Comebuy currently has 92 stores in Taiwan and 59 outlets overseas.