Vineyard and Cellar

New Year’s Eve 2008 – All tubed up -

It’s taken 20 days to make and tube the 3000 vines. We lost a week over Christmas (and the weekends!) so really only 12 working days. It’s not bad going, considering that Zakrey has done the last 1500 or so single handed… well almost – I did about 20 and made a 1000 tubes. Zakrey is worth his little Rasta …


I like a flag

I love a flag and in particular I like Tibetan prayer flags. I got a set from Di. It’s 12 noon on Christmas Day 2008 and the flags now adorn the awning. We’ve spoken to Emma and the kids – we’ll catch up with Derwent and the others later.


Derwent Betsy News

We’ve just heard, 10 mins ago (14 Dec 2008), that Betsy is preggers with the second child. He/She is due in August 2009. (don’t know why I put 2009!!). 5 grandchildren byoody hell! All they have to do now is find somewhere to live. WELL DONE you lot Dad & Di


40 days 40 nights

14 Dec 2008: 40 days and 40 nights  Headline statistics for the vines are 253mm of rain/irrigation and 153 hours of good sunshine (whatever good sunshine is). The weather has been really really hot and is picking up early for summer- see table .. err… below Average Temp Average Wind Average Daily Sun October 16.9 (Max 30.9/Min 6.4) 13.9km/h; prev. …


Novel use of materials and resources

Yet another eye-catching title I hear you say. What have they done now? Jake and Sam have found a use for excess tetrapak stock card and so have we now. Tetrapak what? Let me explain.The young vines need some protection and help to get to the cordon wire. J & S found that the material that milk cartons are made …


No longer play chicken

8 Dec 2008  Another week of progress with the usual setbacks and leaps forward. We were away most of the week (in Die Hell) more of that in the other blog. The vines are now a week older and the anchors and cordon wires are complete. We have some losses – about 5%. BUT we have spares and Zakrey will …


The 3 year Plan

Viognier – The Plan  Here’s what we do each year for the next 3 years- plus the grow tubes of course in year 1, and – there will be 2 shoots going for the cordon wire. The loser dies. Brutal stuff! I haven’t drawn in the trellis wires and to get an idea of scale- the cordon wire is at …






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