Vineyard and Cellar

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 …


Oh Won’t you write me .. a letter from Aspatria: A

Oh Won’t you write me .. a letter from Aspatria. The first thing to learn is the pronunciation: ASPEYTREEUH. It is the only place I know in the world with 3 A’s and all pronounced differently. The first A is pronounced as in Bath (the short guttural Northern version please). … The second A is like the A in Cake. …


oh wont you write me – Cumbrian confectionery?

Today, in Spyatri, I tried to buy some croissants. ‘Nah’ was the response ..’ there’s no demand’ 2 years back I tried to buy some for breakfast. I was informed that ‘as they were cakes they didn’t make them until the afternoon’ . ‘So’…. I says ‘can you make some of these cakes for tomorrow morning please .. make an …


The dumbing down of call centres

The Dumbing Down of Call Centres Yesterday I was the subject of a cold call regarding, I believe, insurance for a credit card I do not have anymore. MBNA are a company to avoid. The caller asked if I had 10 minutes to spare to take a survey. No…. could she call tomorrow at say 10?…. No…… and …. could …


Swallow Tales – The State of the Nation

We reached escape velocity and left the Greyton bubble; breached the Overberg outer limits and eventually the Western Cape comfort zone and drove the 3,500km sling shot of planet Lesotho. Greyton gravity kicked in again at Worcester with the re-entry parachute deployed at Villiersdorp.   The N1 beyond PE is being improved. Curiously – apart from the flag wavers and …


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 …


SA Closed back at just after 2

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 Struggling for some days with the eccentric opening hours of South Africa’s public services’ may puzzle some. I’m of the firm belief that we could have won the Anglo Boer and Anglo Zulu Wars sooner (if, in deed we did win – discuss?) if we had have attacked at lunchtime. The local post office in Greyton …


Spring South Africa October 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009 It’s Spring I’m trying not to be too bullish this year, after last year’s not so good season – cooked vines/grow(death) tubes.. Progress has been good though – we’ve replanted the 1000 Viognier and have newly planted 2500 Temperanillo. And thumbs held (as they say here?) everything is budding and growing nicely. Most of the V …


General View of both fields 14 Oct 2009

It’s starting to look like a vineyard. Both fields are now planted and we are into week 5 since budding started. We’ve done quite a bit of tidying and weeding as you can now see. Sulphur dusting for powdery mildew has been done to the left hand block. The vines that survived the 1st


13 August 2009 – oh dear oh deer

Thursday, August 13, 2009 There’s not a great deal to worry about. The red wine field is now complete and has a full complement of vines and we’ve had a nice lot of rain in July and August to settle them in and give them a good start once we hit Spring. The white wine field is also planted out …






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