Balmy Summer Evenings

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Late June 2009 and the promise of good things to come

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Walking the vineyard at the end of a beautiful sunny day in June. My 8 year old is keeping me company, encouraging ladybugs and other helpful insects to do their thing.

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The end of August and the vines are soaking up every last drop of sunshine they can before the sun drops below the woods.

8th October 2009

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Two days until the first harvest and the weather is glorious. That's not to say at least three different internet weather sites weren't being checked at least every hour, 18 hours a day.

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Small but perfectly formed, the first harvest looks to be excellent quality.

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Harvest

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Early start on 10/10/09, up and out at sunrise removing all fox and badger deterrents ready for everyone turning up for picking. A few pleading texts went out the week before and about 20 friends and family turn up .

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Young and old welcome and, surprisingly, only the old ended up snipping fingers. Maybe we should not have opened the barrel of beer at lunch time....

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