Vineyard and Cellar

Secret Agents

There’s at least one secret assassin living quietly and anonymously amongst us in Greyton. Also – an unassuming retired couple who used to be special agents. They say that they used to manage a shop in Northern Britain. Let’s call them Mr and Mrs Smith. How do I know all this? Mr S can be garrulous. Recently their sleepy retirement …


Swallow Tales – July 2012

Go on… says my supervisor.. write something interesting this month for the Sentinel. Instead of your usual drivel [nice word? – drivel]. Carol also wants you to write something about what we do out here on the farm [does she? – I sometimes wonder what we are doing out here too]. My supervisor continues her motivational address…oh, and don’t be …


I am a crime statistic but the cow got away with it.

I am a crime statistic but the cow got away with it. During March I was fined for not having my driving licence with me whilst driving. There were 5 traffic violations in Greyton and Genadendal District and I accounted for 20% of them. The statistics for the month were published in the local rag – The Greyton Sentinel. There …


Valentine’s Day Massacre

On Valentine’s day 2009 – I decided to do a survey of the vines and also start stripping back the tubes now that the vines, in most cases, have reached the cordon wire. Zakrey and I personally interviewed 1006 vines (only 2000 more to go) so should be finished on Tuesday. We found that about 10% (plus minus 100 (as …


22 Nov 2008 – a title to conjure with

Holly Lodge News: Joanne tells us that the upgrade to the tool room is progressing well. The tiles have all been removed and ‘it looks a lot better already’ We had a trojan virus on the PC in the office butSwanny/Owen sorted it. Otherwise no news. Al n Valerie back in the UK and no doubt trying to catch up …






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